How to Backup iPhone without Passcode & Erase the Unlocking Password

If you forgot the passcode on your iPhone, then you are locked out and get a disabled iOS device only. It seems that you are not able to access all those iOS data until you unlock the iPhone. To solve this problem, this article will show you easy ways of how to backup iPhone without passcode. After that, you can reset or restore your iPhone without losing important iPhone files.

Backup iPhone without Passcode

Part 1. How to Backup Locked iPhone with iTunes

If you have synced iPhone to iTunes before and have not restarted your iPhone since the last iTunes connection, then iTunes can still remember your iPhone password. In another word, you can connect your iPhone to a trusted computer without unlocking passcode directly.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iTunes

Launch iTunes and use a lightning USB cable to connect iPhone to your trusted computer. You do not need to unlock iPhone. iTunes can detect your iPhone without passcode automatically.

Step 2. Backup a locked iPhone with iTunes

Find your iPhone icon in the top left corner and then choose "Summary" button below. iTunes will save the latest iPhone backup to your computer by default. And you can also tick "Encrypt iPhone Backup" to protect private information if necessary. Locate "Manually Back Up and Restore" section. Hit "Back Up Now" button to start backing up iPhone without password.

Check this post to know everything about iTunes backup password.

Backup iPhone without Password with iTunes

As a result, you are able to unlock your iPhone without password via iTunes too. There are two different methods mentioned below to erase the unlocking password with or without a trusted computer.

Part 2. How to Backup Locked iPhone without iTunes

What if you have not synced iPhone to iTunes before? Is there any method to backup iPhone without trusting computer? Actually, Apeaksoft iPhone data Recovery is your great iTunes alternative program to backup data on a locked iPhone safely and easily. It supports all iOS devices including iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4 and other Apple products. And iPhone Data Recovery is highly compatible with the latest iOS 11/12, too. There are three different methods to backup iPhone data to your computer without entering password. Thus, you can save your locked iPhone from the password-forgotten situation with no data loss.

Key Features

  • Backup data from iPhone/iPad/iPod to your computer directly
  • Retrieve and access iOS data from iTunes backup selectively
  • Download and choose from iCloud backup to export data safely
  • Recover the lost iPhone data from various embarrassing scenarios including system problem, forgot passcode, factory reset, etc.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iPhone Data Recovery

Free download and install Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery. Launch it and connect iPhone to your computer. You will be in the default "Recover from iOS Device" mode.

iPhone Data Recovery

Step 2. Scan your iPhone

Click "Start Scan" button and follow the on-screen instruction to make your iPhone trust this computer. Wait for a while to complete iPhone Data Recovery analyzing your iPhone entirely.

Scan your iPhone

Step 3. Backup locked iPhone to computer without passcode

You can see all the content displayed in categories. Choose the item you want to back up, and then preview the detail information. Hit "Recover" button and set a destination folder to save those backed up iPhone data to the computer.

Recover without Passcode

In addition, you can also use iPhone Data Recovery to backup iPhone data with iCloud backup selectively.

Bonus Tips: How to Erase Password If I Forgot the Password

After you have backed up iPhone without password, you should erase iPhone unlocking password. There are two methods you can use to remove your password and unlock the disabled iPhone. It depends on whether you have synced iPhone with iTunes before.

How to Erase Password and Unlock Your iPhone with iTunes

It is easy to fix a locked iPhone with iTunes if you have backed up iPhone with iTunes before.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to the computer you synced before

Connect your iPhone to the trusted computer. Launch iTunes. Choose "Summary" page and wait for iTunes to back up iPhone data without password.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone without passcode

Click "Restore" after the iPhone sync and backup process is finished. Select "Restore from iTunes backup" in the Set up screen. Later, choose the latest iTunes backup to restore your iPhone and erase the forgotten iPhone passcode.

Here, you will also erase your iPhone restriction password, and you are able to reset restriction passcode later.

Erase Password with iTunes

How to Remove iPhone Unlocking Password with Recovery Mode

If you have not synced iPhone to iTunes or set up Find My iPhone before, then you have to put your iPhone in recovery mode to bypass the password.

Step 1. Put iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4 in recovery mode

Open iTunes and connect iPhone to your computer. Force restart your iPhone until you see the recovery-mode screen on your locked iPhone. Here you may also want to know how to get into a locked iPhone.

Force restart iPhone X/8/8 Plus: Press "Volume Up" button and then release it quickly. Repeat the operation to "Volume Down" button too. Later, press and hold the Side button.

Force restart iPhone 7/7 Plus: Long press the "Power" button and "Volume Down" button simultaneously.

Force restart iPhone 6S and earlier: Keep holding "Home" button and "Power" button at the same time.

Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

Step 2. Restore the locked iPhone without password

There will be a popping-up notification asking whether you want to update or restore your iPhone. Tap "Update" button and start downloading software. If the whole process exceeds 15 minutes, your iPhone will exit recovery mode automatically. So you need to repeat above operations for a second time.


You will not lose important documents and files if you have backed up iPhone with above methods in advance. In addition, these solutions can also be applied if your iPhone is stuck on Apple logo or other system errors. That's all for how to backup iPhone without passcode and remove lock screen safely. If you have any good advice about backing up data on a locked iPhone or erasing a forgotten password, just leave your comments below.

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