How to Backup iPhone without Passcode When Screen Is Unresponsive?

For the sake of safety, we would set a passcode for the iPhone. This could prevent others from accessing our iPhone and data. But have you ever suffered from broken screen of your iPhone and the screen is not responsive? Before you take it to the store for repairing, it is also very important and necessary to make a full backup of the device if it is still working but with an unresponsive screen. You will never know what will happen after the repair but there is a chance that all data will be gone. But since the screen is not responding, you cannot enter your passcode to unlock the iPhone, so how to backup iPhone without passcode?


One of my friend once dropped his iPhone 6 onto the ground and broke the screen. He, of course, could enter passcode on his device but he just managed to backup the device. I was wondering how this was possible so I asked him how to get into an iPhone without passcode. I used to think that one was unable to do anything with the iPhone unless he unlock the device with passcode. But his experience and solutions changed my notion of that.


As a matter of face, you can create backup of your iPhone without getting into it by using iTunes. Below I will explain how to unlock iPhone 6 without passcode if you want to backup the device.


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Method #1: How to Backup Locked iPhone via iTunes

In general, iTunes will require you to unlock your iPhone for the first syncing. However, if you have already synced the device with iTunes and haven’t restarted the iPhone ever since then, iTunes could possibly remember the password. Therefore iTunes won’t ask you to unlock your device to backup. And here is how to backup iPhone without passcode by using iTunes.

Step 1: Start iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer. Click on Summary and then choose “Back Up Now.”

Step 2: Once the backup process is finished, you can choose recovery mode to unlock the iPhone. But please note that this does not work for a broken-screen device.



Method #2: How to Unlock iPhone if you Never Synced with iTunes

If you have never synced with iTunes, you can put your iPhone in recovery mode and then reset it as a new device. In this way, you are able to get the passcode. But you should be aware that this will erase all data and settings on your iPhone. If you have to go for it, below is how:

Step 1: Open iTunes on the computer and then connect your iPhone to the computer. Note: Your iPhone must be turned off before you connect it to PC.

Step 2: Press and Hold the home button and the power button simutaneously until the Apple Logo appears on the screen and then the device will get in recovery mode.

Step 3: Now choose “Restore”in iTunes. After that, your iPhone will be restored to factory settings as a new device.



Method #3: How to Access Your iTunes/iCloud Backup

The above methods are available only when the device screen is responsive. However, you may need to repair the device to enter the passcode if the screen is broken or unresponsive, or you can extract data from your iTunes or iCloud backup files using a backup extractor such as iOS Data Recovery. iOS Data Recovery is able to retrieve data from iDevice directly or extract data from iTunes or iCloud backup with ease. With this app, you don’t need to unlock your iPhone to regain important data. Follow below steps to get back iPhone data after you download and install iOS Data Recovery on your computer.



Step 1: Connect iPhone to PC

Start iOS Data Recovery and then connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable. The program should detect your device soon.

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Step 2: Choose Recovery Mode

Now choose “Recover from iCloud Backup” and sign in to iCloud with your account and password. 

Step 3: Select Data Type

Select the type of data you want to extract and click “Next” to startrt analyzing the selected backup file.

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Step 4: Extract iPhone Data to PC

When the program finishes analyzing the backup files, you can preview and select the data you need. After you click “Recover”, the data will be saved to your computer.


If you did not know how to backup iPhone without passcode, you can follow above methods.