How to Recover Data from Locked, Disabled iPhone with/without Backup

Searching for a way to recover data from locked/disabled iPhone? In this tutorial, we are going to share you a reliable and efficient method to help you recover data from locked/disabled iPhone in minutes.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Jan. 21, 2020

PhoneRescue for iOS – Recover Data from Disabled iPhone

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To prevent any access from others and protect our privacy information at the same time, almost all iPhone users would like to set a password on their device. Some of you may even change the password regularly to ensure security. But if you forget your password accidentally, you will not be able to use your iPhone, let alone access any of the data on it.

So, if you’re looking for methods to extract/get data from the locked/disabled iPhone, this page is coming to help. Since nobody wants data loss thus here in this guide, we’ll share you 2 methods about how to recover data from locked or disabled iPhone without data loss.

Can You Recover Your Data from Disabled iPhone?

Certainly Yes!! Once you have installed iTunes on your computer and connected your iPhone with USB cable, your iPhone would have backed up all your iPhone data on the computer. What’s more, every time you connect your iPhone to the computer, iTunes would auto-backup your iPhone data. However, if you did not install iTunes and definitely no PC backups, there are still some other backups you may have.

iPhone has an Automatic sync function. It means when your iPhone was in charge, connected WiFi and locked. Your data would have auto-synced to iCloud. However, every iPhone user only has 5G  iCloud default space. It is to say that you only have 5G data on your iCloud and it might not the latest data you own on your iPhone if you did not purchase the iCloud storage.

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone

As we mentioned above, you can only restore your disabled/locked iPhone through backups after you re-enable your device. You can follow Apple’s way to enable your locked/disabled iPhone.

  1. Enable your iOS device using iTunes.
  2. Enable your phone using Recovery mode.
  3. Use Find My iPhone app to another iOS device.

If you find out your iPhone had backed up, you can erase your iPhone to re-enable your iPhone and restore your data from your backups. You can also use Apple’s way to restore your iPhone with backups, but you couldn’t preview your data and restore the data selectively. As a professional data recovery tool, PhoneRescue for iOS would be a nicer choice to recover your data from backups.

Method 1. How to Retrieve Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone without Backup

First of all, you may make sure that your iPhone can be recognized by computer. PhoneRescue for iOS will check out if you have a backup or not.

Free download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer prior, and then follow the detailed tutorial below to see how to recover data from your locked/disabled iPhone/iPad in just 3 simple steps.

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Step 1 Launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer and connect your locked/disabled iPhone/iPad to the computer via its USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device option and click Scan button on the bottom right corner.

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad via iDevice Directly – Step 1

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad via iDevice Directly – Step 1

Step 2 Check the categories you want to recover > Click OK button to proceed.

How to Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad – Step 2

How to Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad – Step 2

Step 3 Preview and select the data you want to recover after the scanning process completes > Click To Device button to recover them to iPhone’s correspond app directly, or you can choose to store them on your computer by clicking To Computer button.

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad via iDevice Directly – Step 3

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad via iDevice Directly – Step 3

Method 2. Retrieve Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone using Backup

Also, you can recover the locked iPhone data from your backup if you have one. If not, don’t worry, you can also make it with ease. All you need to do is 3 steps.

  1. Make a full backup of your locked/disabled iPhone with iTunes.
  2. Erase your iPhone.
  3. Restore the backup data to your iPhone.

1. Make a full backup of your locked/disabled iPhone with iTunes.

If you have backed up your iPhone in iTunes before and haven’t restart your iPhone after you connected it to iTunes in the last time, then iTunes won’t ask you to enter your password to back up the device again. So, you’re lucky enough to back up your locked iPhone with iTunes as usual.

2. Erase your iPhone.

After making a full backup of the locked/disable iPhone data, now you can erase your iPhone without worries. To erase a locked iPhone or a disable iPhone, you can use iTunes or iCloud to easily make it. If you’re not very clear about how to do, you can follow this step-by-step tutorial.

3. Restore the backup data to your iPhone.

Now, your iPhone is unlocked, but there is no data on it. To get back your data to the iPhone, you can restore the backup you’ve made before by using iTunes. Certainly, you can also use the iTunes alternative – PhoneRescue for iOS to selectively and quickly restore accurate data from the backup to your iPhone. Here is how to do it.

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Step 1 Also download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC computer > Launch it and select Recover from iTunes Backup. (If already install it, you can open it directly.) > Connect your iPhone to the computer and click the arrow button.

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad with Backup – Step 1

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad with Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Select the backup you made in advance > Click Right Arrow > Check the file categories you prefer > Click OK button to scan the backup files.

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad with Backup – Step 2

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad with Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Preview and select data you want to restore to your unlocked iPhone > Click To Device button at the right bottom corner.

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad with Backup – Step 3

Recover Data from Locked/Disabled iPhone/iPad with Backup – Step 3

The Bottom Line

As you can see from above, with PhoneRescue for iOS, it is easy enough to recover data from locked/disabled iPhone with or without backup. These methods also applying for iPad. So, don’t hesitate to have a try now. The sooner you act, the higher success rate you will get. Ok, as a mobile phone user, some risks you may have encountered. Therefore, usually backing up your device will ensure the memories/information matters to you are always on your back.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.