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How to Backup Data on Locked iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS

Some people forgot their iPhone screen lock password and they couldn’t find their data!

I forgot my iPhone 4 password, the lock button is broken, and iTunes doesn't recognize it. I think it's time to change it to a new iPhone 5, but I need the data on it back! Is there any way that I can back up data from a locked iPhone 4? Thanks in advance!!

Actually, you have a chance to back up your locked iPhone data, exactly speaking, to recover data from it. First of all, you need to find a software here that allows you to recover your data from the locked iPhone: iPhone/iPad/iPod Recovery (Windows) or iPhone/iPad/iPod Recovery (Mac), which can assist you in accessing your iPhone, preview and recover photos, contacts, messages, videos, notes, call history and more contents on it without iTunes. Both of the programs currently work perfectly with iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Please download the free trial version of iPhone data recovery below to have a try.

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How to back up locked iPhone data Step by step

Next, let's check how to back up data on a locked iPhone without iTunes in detail. This guide is based on the Windows version of iPhone Data Recovery. If you are a Mac user, please download the Mac version. The operation is similar.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

Launch the program after installing it, and connect your iPhone to the computer. If you iPhone 6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5C/5S/5/4S users, you'll see the window shown as follows.

If you use iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you'll see the window below after connecting your device. You need to click the "Download" button to download a plug-in. It's only a one-click work. Just click the button directly.

Step 2: Scan your iPhone for data on it

If you forgot your iPhone screen lock password, don’t worried! As long as you can enter the system, you can get back your data on it. For iPhone 4/3GS users, follow the steps below to get into the device's scanning mode:
  • 1. Hold your iPhone and click the "Start" button.
  • 2. Press the "Power" and "Home" buttons at the same time for exactly 10 seconds.
  • 3. After 10 seconds, release the Power button, but keep holding the "Home" button for another 15 seconds.

When you're told that you've successfully entered the scanning mode, the software will begin scanning your iPhone as the window shown below.

For iPhone 6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5C/5S/5/4S users, you can directly click the "Start Scan" button on the main window to scan it as follows.

Step 3: Preview and back up data on your locked iPhone

When the scan completes, all data that the software found on your iPhone will be displayed in clear categories. You can preview them one by one and click "Recover" to save them all on your computer with one click.

recover iPhone photos

The data you find there contains those existing on your iPhone and those deleted from your iPhone recently. They have their own color. You can turn on the button on the top to "Only display the deleted items" when you want to separate them. You can also watch the video tutorial below.

Note: If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes before, you also can switch to "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option. It can help you to recover all data in your iTunes backup for your iPhone.

Additionally, if you want to import recovered contacts back to your iPhone, you can use iPhone/iPad/iPod Manager to do it in a few clicks.

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