Can you backup an iphone when it's disabled?
The answer is, yes! If you have locked your device and don鈥檛 remember the passcode or for some reason, the device is disabled, you can still backup all the data on the device.

Backing up all the data on your iPhone is an important exercise that has to be done if you are going to keep your data safe. But the simple process of backing up the device can be hindered by a locked or disabled iPhone.

In this article, we are going to look at all the ways you can back up a locked or disabled iPhone even when iTunes doesn鈥檛 recognize the device.

Part 1: If the Disabled/Locked iPhone Can Be Recognized by iTunes

If you had backed up the iPhone in iTunes before, it is very likely that you may not need to enter your password to back up the device again. The following two options can be ideal if iTunes still recognizes the device:

1. Backup Locked iPhone with iTunes

The following simple steps will help you backup your locked or disabled iPhone in iTunes on a trusted computer:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.
  2. When the iPhone shows up in iTunes, click 鈥淪ummary鈥 and the 鈥淏ack Up Now鈥 Ensure 鈥淭his Computer鈥 is selected to make sure the backup is saved on the local disk.

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2. Make a Full or Partial Backup of Locked iPhone (iOS 14 Supported)

Another way to back up your locked or disables iPhone is to use a third-party backup and restore tool like聽iMyFone iTransor Backup & Restore Tool聽. With iTransor, you can choose to make a full back up or a partial one. It is very easy to use, allowing users to create a backup and restore the backup in a single click. It is also ideal when you want to export data from the iPhone to the computer or from iCloud and iTunes backup files to computer. Besides, it works for iOS device running iOS 14.

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Here鈥檚 how to use iMyFone聽iTransor聽to back up a locked/disabled iPhone.

  1. Download and install iTransor on your computer. Open it and on the main window of the program, select 鈥淎cquire Backup from Device & iCloud鈥.
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  3. Connect your iPhone with the program and choose Make a Full Backup. Click Back Up聽and the program will begin the backup process almost immediately.
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  5. When the process is complete, you will be notified that the device has been backed up successfully.


3. Export Data from Locked iPhone for Backup

If you just need to transfer some but not all of the data from your iPhone to the computer, iMyFone聽iTransor can help you selectively export the data. Follow these simple steps to do it;

  1. On the program鈥檚 main window, select 鈥淓xport Data from Device & Backup.鈥 Click on 鈥淓xport Data from Device鈥.
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  3. In the next window, choose the type of data you would like to export. You can select as many types of data as you wish. Click 鈥淪can鈥 to continue.
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  5. The program will immediately begin scanning the device for the selected data. When the scan is complete, preview and select the data you want to export and then click 鈥淓xport鈥 to save the data to your computer.

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Part 2: If iTunes Doesn鈥檛 Recognize the Disabled/Locked iPhone

If iTunes doesn鈥檛 recognize the device, the following are just some of the options you can try:

If the screen is broken, fix it and then backup the device when you can enter the passcode.
You can also use a Bluetooth keyboard to enter the password although this keyboard needs to already be paired with the device for this method to work.
If a small section of the screen is still working, you can enable voice over mode and use it; Here鈥檚 how to backup disabled iPhone without iTunes:

How can I backup my disabled iPhone without iTunes?

Step 1: Hold the home key to turn on Siri and ask Siri to turn on Voice Over.
Step 2: Swipe right or left until 鈥淪lide to Unlock鈥 is selected.
Step 3: Double-tap to bring up the passcode page and the swipe right/left to enter the passcode. You can enter the passcode by double-tapping each number.

Part 3: How to Remove Password if iPhone is Disabled

If you have forgotten your passcode, you may need to erase the device to remove your current passcode and set up a new one. You can unlock a disabled iPhone permanently in iTunes or using recovery mode.

How can I unlock a disabled iPhone permanently?

1. Remove Passcode with iTunes

Follow these simple steps to remove the passcode on the device using iTunes:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to a computer you鈥檝e synced the device with before.

Step 2: Open iTunes and when asked for a passcode, use another trusted computer or use recovery mode.

Step 3: If you are not asked for a passcode, wait for iTunes to sync your device and make a backup.

Step 4: Once the backup is complete, click 鈥淩estore iPhone鈥 and in the set-up screen, choose 鈥淩estore from iTunes鈥 backup.

Step 5: Choose the most relevant iTunes backup by date and size and wait for the process to be completed.

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2. Remove Password with Recovery Mode

If you have never synced your device with iTunes, you may need to use recovery mode to erase the device and its passcode. Follow these simple steps to do that;

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes.

Step 2: Once the device is connected, you need to force-restart it. Here鈥檚 how to do that for different devices:

For iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: press and quickly release the Volume up button. Press and quickly release the Volume down button and then press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery screen.

For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time until you see the recovery mode screen.

For iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold both the Home and Top or Side buttons at the same time until you see the recovery-mode screen.

Step 3: With the recovery mode on the screen, you should see the option to 鈥淩estore鈥 or 鈥淯pdate鈥 in iTunes. Click 鈥淩estore鈥 and iTunes will download software to your device.

Step 4: Wait for the process to finish and then set-up the device as normal.

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