How to Unlock iPhone without Restore?

Technology has its ups and downs. Millions of people today carry their entire digital lives on their smartphones. Every once in a while, the technology you depend on may fail you. Have you forgotten your iPhone’s passcode for some reason and after testing the several combinations you are glared by the message “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes”? In most cases, many are left wondering on how to unlock iPhone without restore. This article tries to address the issue so read on.

Is It Possible to Unlock iPhone without Restore?

If you are on the receiving end of a disabled or locked iPhone that needs unlocking, the answer is no; there is no known way of getting around this without doing a restore. Apple has put in place very strict security measures to ensure the privacy of their brand users is top notch and have not set up special tools to unlock disabled iPhone.

The only way to unlock disabled/locked iPhone is to restore your device. To get into the device all known methods results to a complete erasure of all content and data in the device prior to its disabling. However, you can restore it from previous backups if you had made some before the iPhone became disabled.

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How to Unlock iPhone without Losing Data

Since we have seen there is no way of unlocking a device without erasing all the content and important data such as music videos calendars notes or even contacts; there is a cautious approach that one can follow. However, this starts way before your device is locked.

Step 1: Back up your iPhone - it is essential always to be backing up your iPhone on a regular basis either on iTunes or iCloud depending on your priority.
Step 2: Unlock the iPhone - if by accident you get locked out of your iPhone by a simple mistake like forgetting your password, find a way erase your device to unlock it. This leads to a restore of your iPhone which erase and reset all of your content and settings.
Step 3: Restore the backup to iPhone - now that you have unlocked your iPhone and gotten rid of the passcode that was denying you access, you can now restore your iPhone data from the most recent backup you had made before being locked out.

3 Ways to Unlock A Locked iPhone

Way 1: Using iTunes

This method is recommended to those who had the feature of find my iPhone turned off and also those who had not made any prior backups of their devices. This method is accomplished by forcing the iPhone into Recovery Mode using the steps below:

Step 1: Disconnect your iPhone from any pc or mac
Step 2: Press the sleep/wake button on your iPhone for a few seconds and then swipe “slide to power off” to turn off your iDevice
Step 3: Press and hold the volume down on iPhone 7 or home button on iPhone 6 and lower
Step 4: Launch iTunes on the computer and then connect your iPhone using a cable
Step 5: Release the relevant buttons depending on your iPhone model when you see the connect to iTunes screen
Step 6: A window will then pop up on iTunes giving you a choice to restore or update. Choose restore and wait for the process to finish
Step 7: Once done you will have successfully unlocked your iPhone
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Way 2: Using iCloud

This method is recommended to those who had turned on the find my iPhone feature. You can use this method to restore your device erasing all content including the passcode remotely.

How to Use This Method

Step 1: Open icloud.com from a browser using another device or computer
Step 2: Sign in with your iCloud Apple ID
Step 3: On the top browser window click on “All Devices.”
Step 4: From the list select the device you want to erase or restore
Step 5: Click Erase iPhone to wipe the iPhone including the passcode locking you out remotely
Step 6: Once the iPhone is unlocked, you can then choose to restore from previous backups if you had backed up before being locked out.
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Steps to Unlock iCloud Activate

Step 1: Install iMyFone Umate Pro on your computer and connect your iPhone using a cable.
Step 2: Select the “Erase Private Data” mode from the app's interface.
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Step 3: Select any of your private data to erase and click on “Erase Now” and after that type “delete” in the textbox to confirm.
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Step 4: Click Erase Now to begin and once done you will have successfully erased your data on your device, including the iCloud password.

This method is the most recommended especially if one has the intentions of donating or reselling the iPhone as it scrambles all the data using three security levels, making it completely unrecoverable!

How to Backup and Restore iPhone Using iTunes

If you have an iPhone, there is no reasonable excuse for not backing it up. Anything can happen that would call for a complete factory reset of your iPhone leading to a complete erasure of all your digital life on the iPhone. It is better being safe than sorry. Here is how to backup and restore your iPhone using iTunes.

Backup steps

Step 1: Download, install and launch the latest iTunes on your PC or Mac
Step 2: Connect the iPhone you want to back up to the computer using a cable
Step 3: Once detected by the iTunes app, the phone's icon will appear as a small icon on the top menu
Step 4: Click on the phone icon on the upper left corner
Step 5: On the left-hand side, all the items on the iPhone will be listed under summary
Step 6: Click on the items you want to backup. For instance, if you want to backup music, click on it and check the box next to sync music.
Step 7: Choose if you want to back up the entire library or individual tracks, and albums selectively then click apply
Step 8: Do the same for all the other items you want to back up after which you will have successfully set up a backup from which you can restore your iPhone.
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Restore steps

Before doing a restore ensure that Find My iPhone is turned off and that the destination device is running the latest iOS as iTunes does not support older iOS than that of the backup device

Step 1: Launch the iTunes you used to back up the iPhone on a PC or Mac
Step 2: Connect your iPhone using a cable
Step 3: Select your device when it appears in iTunes
Step 4: Click on Summary on the left left-hand side and then choose “Restore Backup.”
Step 5: Choose the backup you want to restore from
Step 6: Click on restore and then wait for the process to finish
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