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.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2021

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 or enter the wrong passcode ten times, your iPhone will be locked or get a message saying iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes. That is to say, 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 with you efficient methods to recover data from a locked or disabled iPhone.

Can you Recover Data from a Disabled iPhone?

Certainly Yes!! Once you have installed iTunes on your computer and connected your iPhone with a 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.

And, iPhone has an Automatic sync function once your iCloud backup is on. It means when your iPhone was in charge, connected WiFi and locked. Your data would have auto-synced to iCloud. Therefore, you can restore a locked iPhone after you re-enable your device.

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 on 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. But, Apple’s way doesn’t allows you to preview and restore the data selectively. As a professional data recovery tool, PhoneRescue for iOS would be a nicer choice to view iPhone backup files and recover 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 the computer. PhoneRescue for iOS will check out if you have a backup or not.

Freely download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer prior, and then follow the detailed tutorial below to see how to recover data such as deleted messages, contacts, and photos without backup from your locked/disabled iPhone/iPad in just 3 simple steps.

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Step 1. Run PhoneRescue for iOS 

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.

Choose the Recovery from iOS Device Mode

Choose the Recovery from iOS Device Mode

Step 2. Choose the Files and Scan the iPhone

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

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Click the Categories You Want to Recover

Step 3. Preview and Recover  the Files to iPhone/Computer

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 to iPhone/Computer Directly

Recover Data to iPhone/Computer Directly

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. Run PhoneRescue for iOS on Computer

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.

Select Recover from Backup

Select Recover from Backup

Step 2. Choose the Backup You Want to Recover

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

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Extract Photos from iTunes Backup

Step 3. Preview and Recover the Files to iPhone/Computer

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

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 4

Preview and Recover the Data to iPhone/Computer

How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone

If your device is just locked but not being disabled, you could also try to unlock the screen passcode. Here’s an iPhone password unlocker called AnyUnlock developed by iMobie. No matter your iPhone is disabled, Face ID or Touch ID is not working, or cracked iPhone screen, this tool can help you to remove the iOS device’s screen passcode.

Besides, AnyUnlock enables you to unlock iTunes backup password, remove the Screen Time, and remove Apple ID. If you are interested in AnyUnlock, download this tool and follow the steps below to see how to remove your iPhone screen passcode.

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Before we start, there’s something you need to pay attention to:

  1. All the existing content and settings on your device will be erased once the removing process is completed, please make sure you’ve made backups of your device.
  2. After unlocking, your iOS system version will be updated to the latest version.
  3. If Find My iPhone on the device is turned on, you need to enter the iCloud account password to set the phone after unlocking.

Step 1. Run AnyUnlock on Computer

Launch AnyUnlock on your computer, and connect your iPhone to it. When AnyUnlock has detected your device, click “Unlock Screen Passcode”.

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Step 2. Download the iOS Firmware

Follow the on-screen instructions to get your iOS device into recovery mode > Download the iOS firmware, this is for unlocking the screen passcode. It might take a long time to download the package, so please just keep patient.

Download iOS Firmware

Download iOS Firmware

Step 3. Start to Unlock the Passcode

When the firmware downloading is finished, click the “Unlock Now” option. Then AnyUnlock will unlock the screen passcode automatically. Please do not disconnect your device until it restarts.

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Step 4.  Successfully Remove the Passcode

And when the recovery process is completed, you will see the “Screen passcode removed successfully” interface.

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

The Bottom Line

As you can see from above, with PhoneRescue for iOS, it is easy enough to recover data from a locked/disabled iPhone with or without backup. These methods also apply to iPad. So, don’t hesitate to have a try now. The sooner you act, the higher the 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 that matters to you are always on your back.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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