how to backup locked iphone to computer


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How to Backup Locked iPhone to Computer

Backing up an iPhone is crucial to ensure that all your data is secure and retrievable in case something goes wrong. However, what happens if your iPhone is locked, and you cannot enter the password to complete the backup? Here is a step by step guide on how to backup locked iPhone to a computer.

Step 1: Download and Install iTunes

Before you can back up your iPhone to your computer, you need to have iTunes installed. Open your web browser and go to the official Apple website to download and install iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Connect Your iPhone to Your Computer

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If iTunes does not launch automatically, open it manually.

Step 3: Enter Recovery Mode

If your iPhone is locked and disabled, you need to put it in recovery mode to enable connection with the computer. To enter recovery mode:

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button together until the recovery logo appears.
  2. Release the Sleep/Wake button and continue holding the Home button until the iTunes logo appears on your iPhone.

Step 4: Choose Backup Option

Once your iPhone is in recovery mode, iTunes will detect it. A pop-up window on iTunes will display two options- “Restore iPhone” and “Update” and you should select “Restore iPhone”. This option will erase all data on your iPhone and return it to its factory settings.

However, if you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes previously, you can restore the backup after you restore your device to factory settings. Select “Restore from backup” on iTunes, and choose the most recent backup to restore your iPhone data to its previous state.

Step 5: Wait for Backup Completion

After you choose the backup option, iTunes will start creating a backup of your iPhone. This process may take time, depending on the size of your iPhone data. Ensure that your computer stays connected to the internet throughout the backup process.

Step 6: Complete the Backup Process

When the backup process is complete, you will receive a notification on the backup process completion. Disconnect your iPhone from your computer and keep the backup file safe to restore your iPhone data whenever required.


Backing up your iPhone data is essential to ensure that you do not lose any of your important data. Even if your iPhone is locked and you cannot enter the password, you can still backup the data to your computer using the above steps. Have you ever had to backup a locked iPhone? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

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