Weird things do happen in life. And if one day you, unfortunately, find yourself in a situation in which your iPhone is completely disabled or locked due to the repeated entry of the wrong passcode, what would you do to get out of the dilemma? The problem could be further compounded if you don't have an iTunes backup or have never backed up your device with iTunes. Recovering your iPhone without iTunes backup is possible but only if your patience is ready to go through the grill!
Having myself been in such situations a couple of times, I know what it takes to bring a locked iPhone into action or restore it from the death. Let's look at all the aspects and solutions!
How to Recover Disabled or Locked iPhone without iTunes Backup
If you have never backed up your iPhone via iTunes, it will not let you back it up when it's locked. In fact, iTunes won't be able to even detect it.
So, how would you deal with this locked and disabled iPhone? Well, there is still a way to get rid of the issue. You will need to restore your device in Recovery Mode.
However, you'll lose all of your data as it wipes out your apps, app data, contacts, photos, music and most of everything that resides on your iOS device.
If you've got iCloud sync and backup setup, the chances of finding all your app data, photos and contacts in iCloud are high. In that case, you can move ahead with the assurance that you can restore your iDevice from an iCloud backup and be up and run with almost everything.
If you had backed up your device using iTunes before…
If you had synced your device to iTunes, you are in luck. You can back up your iPhone and restore it as new without any issue.
Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.
Step #2. Select the iPhone (from the sidepane or from top-right of the screen)
Step #3. In the Summary tab, click on Back Up Now. Once your device is successfully backed up, click on Restore iPhone.
Note: If you have enabled Find My iPhone on your device, you won't be allowed to restore it. Jump over here to turn off Find My iPhone remotely.
If iTunes proceeds with a problem-free restore, your device will be wiped clean and restored as a new device.
Just in case, iTunes throws up errors, try using Recovery Mode to restore your device.
How to Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode
Step #1. Press and hold ON/OFF and Home buttons for about ten seconds. (on your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you have to press and hold ON/OFF button and volume down button at once). Keep holding both the buttons until Connect to iTunes screen appears.
To put your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus into recovery mode, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
Then, you need to press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears. Next, connect your device to the computer and go ahead with the restore process.
Step #2. Once your device has been successfully restored, set it up as usual. During the setup process, you will get the option to Restore from iTunes backup. Choose Restore from iTunes Backup and then select the most recent backup.
The Story Doesn't End Here…
Sometimes the recovery mode doesn't work out very well because there's an iTunes issue preventing the recovery.
In that case, you can use dr.fone – Repair to fix your disabled iPhone without any hassle. It is much simpler and more efficient than iTunes.
When you're using a third-party tool to fix any iPhone issues, you should be completely sure about its reliability as well. To that end, you can rest assured that dr.fone enjoys the trust of millions of users around the world and it has also received acclaim from reputed media outlets such as PC World, Forbes, CNET, etc.
Below, we'll show you how to fix disabled iPhone using dr.fone – Repair.
How to Fix your Disabled iPhone Using dr.fone – Repair
Step #1. Download and launch dr.fone.
Step #2. Select the “Repair” option from the main menu.
Step #3. Connect the iPhone to the computer with a cable and click on “Start.”
Step #4. Go through the iPhone details and click “Next.”
Step #5. Enter the iPhone into DFU mode. In the case of iPhone 7, 8, or X, turn off the iPhone first and then hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together for 10 seconds. Then release the Power button but continue holding the Volume Down button. You'll enter DFU mode. If you're using an older iPhone, press the Home Button, not the Volume Down.
Step #6. Dr.fone will detect the correct firmware. Click on “download.”
Step #7. Next, click on “Fix Now” to restore the iPhone.
Step #8. Restart and start using normally!
This process should help you fix your iPhone. However, if you have suffered any data loss, you can restore that using another tool called dr.fone – Recover.
With this tool, you can selectively choose which files you want to restore from your iCloud or iTunes backups, or even directly from your iPhone. You can preview all your lost data in a gallery, select the ones you want to restore, and then restore them either to your iPhone or the computer.
How to Restore iPhone without iTunes
What If your iPhone is plagued by a number of issues and just don't run properly. And you wish to restore it without iTunes backup. I mean you don't want to take the help of iTunes in restoring your device.
Well, you can get it done right on your device. But before jumping ahead with the process, make sure you have enabled iCloud backup on your device. Settings → Apple ID banner → iCloud → iCloud Backup. If you haven't done it, be sure to do it now.
Once you have got the iCloud backup, open Settings app → General → Reset → Tap on Erase All Content and Settings → tap on Erase Now in the popup to confirm. Then, enter your passcode.
When everything is wiped out, turn on your device and follow the instructions to set it up. And when you get the option to restore your device from iTunes or iCloud backup, choose iCloud backup. Then, finish the setup process.
That's it, folks!
Assuming you have successfully restored your iPhone without any hiccups. It would be great to know your feedback in the comments below.
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