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4 Ways to Export Locked iPhone Contacts with/without Backup

If you forgot the password to unlock your iPhone, the device will get locked then. What does it mean if your iPhone is locked? It means that you will not have access to the data such as contacts, text messages saved on your iPhone.

Apple officially provides ways to unlock iPhone by completely restoring the device so it opens without password. What if you don't want to delete all data including contacts on your iPhone?

Don't worry, we are here to guide you the possible solutions to extract and recover contacts from a locked or disabled iPhone. Keep reading.

1. Get Contacts Off Locked iPhone with 3rd-Party Tool

If you're locked out of iPhone and received a message says that the device is disabled, take it easy, FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery supports you to export contacts, mesages and many other data from the locked device if it can still be recognized by your computer.

If you have an iTunes/iCloud backup, this program can selectively export locked iPhone contacts from the backup. You don't have to completely restore your iPhone. The following are some of the features:

  • Provides 3 options to get contacts out of locked/disabled iPhone: export from the device directly or extract from iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • Ensures a high data recovery success rate, not only the existing contacts, but also the deleted ones.
  • You can export contacts, text messages, photos, videos, notes, voice memos, WhatsApp messages and other data from locked/disabled iPhone.
  • The preview feature allows you to view all data inclduing contacts and selectively recover the data you want only.
  • It is 100% easy to use. No matter you have technical knowledge or not, you can easily use the tool without any hassle.
  • All iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch models and iOS versions are supported, including the newest iOS 16 and iPhone 14/13.


Now let's see how to use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to export contacts from locked iPhone in three different ways:

1.1 Export Locked iPhone Contacts without Backup

Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Contacts Recovery on the computer that can recognize the locked iPhone. Lauch it and choose "Recover from iOS".

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Step 2: Connect the locked iPhone to the computer using USB cable. Once the device is detected successfully, click on "Next" to proceed.

connect iphone

Step 3: In the next window, choose "Contacts" and other types of data if needed, then click on "Scan" begin the scanning process.

start scan iphone

Step 4: When the scan is completed, preview all recoverable contacts and select those you would like to restore, then click on "Recover" to export them to your computer.

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1.2 Export Locked iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Run FoneGeek iPhone Contacts Recovery on your computer and choose "Recover from iTunes Backup".

Step 2: Choose the iTunes backup from which you want to export contacts and click on "Next".

select itunes backup

Step 3: Select the data types you need and click "Scan" to scan for all files in the selected iTunes backup.

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Step 4: After the scan, choose the contacts that you wish to export and click "Recover".

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1.3 Export Locked iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Run FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and choose "Recover from iCloud", then click "iCloud" to continue.

sign in icloud

Step 2: Sign in to iCloud account with your Apple ID and password, the program will detect all your iCloud backups. Choose "Contacts" and click "Scan".

select icloud backup

Step 3: When the scanning process is finished, preview and select the contacts that you want to export, then click the "Recover" button to save the contacts on your computer.

preview photos icloud

2. Restore Contacts from Locked iPhone via iCloud

If your have synced iPhone contacts to iCloud prior to the lock, you can easily access your contacts on iCloud and even export them to your computer.

You can transfer the exported contacts to another phone, which is actually a safety net when your iPhone is locked or disabled. Below are the steps on exporting contacts from locked iPhone via iCloud:

  • On your computer, visit iCloud.com on any browser and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  • Click the "Contacts" icon on the main screen, you will see all contacts that have been backed up to iCloud.
  • Find the contact you want to export, and click to select it. If you need to export multiple contacts, press the Command key (Ctrl key in Windows).
  • Click the gear icon on the bottom left corner and select "Export vCard..." from the pop-up menu. Your locked iPhone contacts will be saved in vCard on your computer.

export contacts from icloud

3. Extra Tip to Get Into a Locked iPhone without Passcode

If your iPhone gets locked and you have forgotten the password, you can follow the methods below to unlock your iPhone without passcode. Please note that these tips will erase all data and settings on your iPhone. Therefore, we recommend you using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to get data like contacts out of the locked iPhone before removing the passcode.

3.1 Unlock iPhone Using iCloud

If you have enabled Find My iPhone before the device is locked, you can remotely unlock and erase the device via iCloud on browser. Here's the steps:

  • Go to iCloud.com on any browser and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  • Click "All Devices" and choose the iPhone that is locked.
  • Tap on it and choose "Erase iPhone" to wipe all data including the passcode from the locked iPhone.

erase iphone from icloud

3.2 Unlock iPhone by Restoring with iTunes

If you have a computer has synced with your locked iPhone before, you can choose "Restore iPhone" to remove the device's screen password.

After connecting the iPhone to iTunes, select the "Restore iPhone" option to clear the iPhone data. In the process, the computer must reinstall the ipsw file to your computer, so it will take some time.

restore iphone with itunes

3.3 Unlock iPhone via Recovery Mode

If it's unfortunate that you don't have a computer that syncs with your iPhone, or the iPhone is not synced with any computer at all, you can try the Recovery Mode to erase the iPhone password.

Step 1. Firstly, you have to connect the iPhone to iTunes and put the iPhone into Recovery Mode:

  • On iPhone X, iPhone 8 or later: Press the Volume Up button and release it quickly. Press the Volume Down button and release it quickly. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • On iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side button and the Volume Down button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • On iPhone 6s and easier models, iPad or iPod touch: Press and hold the Home button and the Top (or Side) button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 2. After entering the recovery mode, we can also see the "There is a problem with the [device] that requires it to be updated or restored." dialog box on iTunes, select "Restore" here.

itunes recovery mode iphone

Step 3. After clicking on the Restore button, iTunes will inform you that all the data will be erased. Select "Restore and Update" here.

You can choose the way that suits you most to get into a locked iPhone without passcode. If you're looking for a more efficient way to unlock iPhone without iTunes or iCloud, you can try FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This iPhone unlocking tool ensure a high success rate and it's very easy to use. Download it and have a try.


Fay J. Melton

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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