By Lena / Last update June 12, 2021


How to backup an iPhone with broken screen and locked?

I got a old iPhone 8 with a broken screen, and I got 10GB of pictures on it, I'm just wondering is it possible to backup the iPhone without enter the passcode.

- Question from

Why should you backup data on locked iPhone?

Backing up an iPhone is vital to prevent data loss. Once you encounter some issue making your data like photos, messages, or important files gone, you can easily restore them from your backups. However, some users may forget their passcode epsecially for their old iPhones, like an iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8.

Don't worry, this post will show you how to backup a locked iPhone on iTunes and a powerful iOS backup software.

✍Note: We suggest you to erase and wipe your iPhone or factory reseting your iPhone and reset your passcode to protect your data.

How to backup a locked iPhone without/with iTunes?

Part 1: How to backup locked iPhone without iTunes?

In fact, you could restore your iPhone if you have backed up it with iTunes. If you haven't done it before, you can’t start the restoration. Otherwise, you could not view your backup or extract the needed files.

Don’t worry about that problem, you can use a powerful tool to solve it. As a free excellent backup software, AOMEI MBackupper could be very helpful to make a backup of a locked iPhone. And it allows you to preview and select the files to get what you need.

    Widely Compatible:

    ★ Supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11, iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

    ★ Compatible with the latest iOS 13 and the earlier versions.

    ★ Supports Windows Operating Systems, including Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

Let’s see how to backup locked iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper now:

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper for free. Connect your iPhone with USB cable.

Note: This Computer has to be trusted by your iPhone before.

Step 2. Click “Custom Backup” or “Photos Backup” to enter the next step.

Custom Backup

Step 3. Click an icon to enter Selection.

click an icon

Step 4. Select the files you want to back up and click the orange button OK.

select files

Step 5. After the target files are chosen, you can change the backup path for the to-be-backed-up files.

change path

Step 6. Your backup is completed. You can easily find your backup files by clicking the eye icon or the pin icon in Backup Management.

backup completed

Part 2: How to backup a locked iPhone with iTunes?

The method 1 can be effective if iTunes can't recognize your iPhone. If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes before, and you haven't restart your device after the last time you connected your iTunes, then your iTunes will remember the passcode. In this case, you can backup all the data on your locked iPhone without unlocking.

Let’s see how to backup locked iPhone with iTunes now:

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: Click "Summary" in the left side of the window and then tap on "Back Up Now" to initiate the backup process.

backup iphone on itunes

When the backup process is completed, you can put your iPhone into Recovery Mode to unlock the iPhone and then restore the data on locked iPhone from the iTunes backup you have made.


Can you backup a locked iPhone now after read this article? We have introduced 2 ways of how to backup a locked iPhone without or with iTunes. Hope these methods can help you to backup your iPhone without entering passcode.

However, you can see there are some limitations to backup locked iPhone with iTunes, so we suggest you to pick AOMEI MBackupper to perform this operation. Additionally, it is also able to transfer photos, videos, message to another place and other features for you