5 Ways to Recover Data from Disabled iPhone in 2021

Many users who use iPhone or iPad may have the bad experience of losing important photos, videos, contacts, text messages, voice memos, social application data and other information. There are many reasons for data loss, such as the iPhone data is overwritten by iTunes/iCloud backup, iOS system upgrade, iPhone backup archive is deleted after the jailbreak, etc. However, it will make things more complicated if your iPhone is disabled or broken. Don't worry, this article is going to share with you how to recover data from disabled iPhone without restoring the device.

Way 1. Recover Data from Disabled iPhone without Backup

Fret not if you haven't had any backup before. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery will help you a lot. However, you need to ensure that the software is downloaded on a computer that has recognized your iPhone before it is disabled. It is 100% secure to get data from broken iPhone without backup with the recovery tool. Why is this program highly recommended? Check the reasons below:

  • 100% success rate is guaranteed with 3 recovery modes available.
  • Recover data from disabled or broken iPhone whenever you have the backup or not.
  • Before the recovery process, you can preview the deleted data saved on the disabled iPhone and select the data that you want to retrieve for free.
  • You can selectively recover specific data instead of restoring the whole backup. No other data will get lost or deleted.
  • It supports all iOS versions even if you have upgraded to the newest iOS 14.

Now take a look at the steps below to recover data from disabled iPhone without backup using Fonegeek iPhone Data Recovery.


Step 1. Click on the download button above to download and install the recovery program on the computer that can automatically detect your iPhone even if it is disabled. Launch it and you can see 3 recovery modes on this interface. Choose the recovery mode of "Recover Data from iOS Devices" and connect your disabled iPhone to your computer system.

iphone recovery

Step 2. To shorten the recovery time, you can choose the data you need to recover and click "Scan" to continue.

start scan

Step 3. After the program scans the data you selected, you will be able to preview the selected data in detail. To save the data, click "Recover to PC" button and export the selected data from disabled iPhone to your computer.

recover data from disabled iphone

Way 2. Selectively Recover Data from Broken iPhone via iTunes Backup

With FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, you can also recover data from iTunes and iCloud backup selectively without reset the device. Let's check the steps to recover data from iTunes backup:

Step 1. Click "Recover Data from iTunes Backup" on the sidebar and choose one iTunes backup.

select an itunes backup

Step 2. Preview the iTunes backup data, choose what you want and click "Recover" to save the data to pc.

recover from itunes backup

Way 3. Recover Data from Broken iPhone via iCloud Backup

Step 1.Click the recovery mode of "Recover Data from iCloud". Enter your iCloud account information to sign into the iCloud.

log into icloud

Step 2. We're sorry that the iCloud backup can’t be obtained temporarily due to Apple server restrictions. And we will try our best to solve this problem, do please expect.

choose an icloud backup

Way 4. Recover Data from Disabled iPhone via Restore

4.1 Disabled iPhone Has Synced with iTunes Before

Do you know that you get the possibility to back up and restore data with iTunes if you have synced the device with iTunes before? And you even don't need to unlock the disabled iPhone with a password. Your disabled iPhone will be detected automatically.

Step 1. Connect the disabled or broken iPhone or iPad after running iTunes on the computer.

Step 2. The iPhone or iPad icon will appear when it is recognized. You should click the icon and select "Back Up Now" to back up the iPhone. The iPhone backup archive will be saved on your computer.

backup iphone to itunes

Step 3. It won't take long time for the backup process to complete. After the backup is finished, click "Restore iPhone" and restore your iPhone with the latest iTunes backup.

4.2 Disabled iPhone Has Never Synced with iTunes Before

Most users complained that the device was not backed up with iTunes in advance so the device cannot be recognized. Don't worry, you can still restore your iPhone by putting the device into recovery mode. Check the steep below:

Step 1. The 1st steps is still connect the disabled iPhone with iTunes.

Step 2. Then put iPhone in recovery mode and the iTunes will delete the iPhone in recovery mode and you will receive a pop up message. Click "Restore" and the iTunes backup will be restored to your disabled iPhone.

put iphone into recovery mode

Step 3. Your device will be reset to its default settings after that.

itunes recovery mode

Part 5. Try to Unlock and Recover Data from Disabled iPhone

If you forgot the screen passcode and enter the wrong passcode for several times, iPhone will be disabled and locked. The most traditional way to remove screen passcode is to restore iPhone with iTunes. But it is not recommended if you are not worried that your iPhone data will get erased. Things will become different with the help of FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker.

FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker is screen unlock program that enables you to unlock your disabled iPhone with any 4-digital, 6-digital passcode without restoring the system.


Here are the steps to unlock disabled iPhone without data loss using FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker.

Step 1. Launch the unlocking tool and select "Unlock Screen Passcode".

unlock screen passcode

Step 2. Put iPhone in DFU mode by following the instructions and click "Download" to download the matching firmware.

download firmware

Step 4. Click "Start Unlock" and the program will unlock the device in one click.

start unlock

As you can see the solutions mentioned above, you are able to recover data from disabled iPhone with or without restore your iPhone system. It is still highly recommended to give FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery a chance to directly recover data from iPhone/iPad with or without backup.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on May 05, 2019, 11:56:33

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.