How To Backup Broken iPhone

Broken Iphone

Did something happen to your iPhone, and now you can’t access any of your data? Well, no need to worry, as we will help you today by teaching you how you can backup all of your data from a broken iPhone.

Quick Answer

To backup data from a broken iPhone, you will need the help of data recovery software. There is quite a few helpful data recovery software you can use on your PC to recover data. Data recovery software uses your iCloud Backup, on-device storage, and iTunes to backup your data. Once data is backed up, you can transfer it to other devices.

For the sake of this guide, we will be using UltData to recover data from your iPhone. If you are not interested in using UltData, you can use other tools, like Dr.fone. However, please note that UltData is a paid service, so you might want to research it beforehand.

If you have no problems with using UltData to backup your iPhone, follow the below-mentioned methods, and you will be able to secure your data.

Method #1: Recovering Data From IOS Devices

This method is the fastest and easiest way to recover data from your iPhone using UltData. However, there is a prerequisite for this method to work: you must be able to power on your iPhone. Once you make sure your iPhone is working, it is time to install UltData on your PC.

How To Install UltData

UltData is a data recovery software that allows users to back up data from their phones. To install UltData on your PC, follow the steps below.

  1. Download UltData from here.
  2. Run the UltData.exe file.
  3. Set the directory and press “Install“.

Backing Up Data From iOS Device

Now that you have set up UltData on your PC, it is time to backup your broken iPhone. Go to your UltData “Main Menu” and follow these steps to backup your broken iPhone.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC via a wire.
  2. Select “Backing Up Data From iOS device” from the Main Menu.
  3. Check all the data categories you want to backup and select “Scan“.

By pressing scan, UltData will go through all your data. Scanning data may take time, depending on the amount of data and the quality of cable you are using. After UltData is done scanning your iPhone, follow the below-mentioned steps to continue the process.

  1. Select the categories you want to back up.
  2. Click “Recover to PC“.
  3. Choose a directory for the backup data and confirm it.

Once you confirm the directory, the data will start exporting. After your data is backed up on your PC, you can use iTunes to transfer the data to your new iPhone.

If you have a device you want to recover data to, you can use the “Recover to Device” option provided by UltData.


UltData states that their software can recover up to 35 types, meaning there is a very high chance you will get back your data. Moreover, the company also provides a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Method #2: Recovering Data From iTunes

In the unfortunate event that your iPhone is no longer functioning at all, you can still backup your data using iTunes. However, this method requires you to have backed-up data on iTunes beforehand. To back up your data using iTunes, follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Select “Recover Data from iTunes Backup” in UltData.
  2. Choose the backup you want to recover and press “Next“.
  3. Select the categories you want to back up and press “Scan“.
  4. After scanning is done, press “Export To PC“.

By going through all these steps, you will be able to backup data from your broken iPhone. However, keep in mind this method will only work if you have backed up your data before using iTunes.

Method #3: Recovering Data With iCloud

If you have never used iTunes to backup your data, there is one more way for you to recover your data. You can use iCloud to download your data on a PC and back it up. Recovering data from your iCloud will require you to use the same iCloud ID on your broken iPhone.

If you are someone who regularly backs up data on their iCloud, this method might be your saving grace. Check out the process below.

  1. Go to UltData and click “Recover Data from iCloud“.
  2. Sign in using the iCloud ID associated to the data you want to retrieve.
  3. Select the data you want to backup and hit “Download“.

By pressing download, your device will start downloading all of your backup data from iCloud. Downloading data from iCloud will take some time, so wait patiently. After your data is ready, you can select the categories you want to make a backup of. Once you are done choosing the data, press “Recover to PC“, and you will be good to go.


UltData also provides a “Fix iOS system” option. You can resolve up to 50 different software issues using this method, including crashing, getting stuck, overheating, and more.


We have covered all effective ways to backup data from a broken iPhone. By the end of this guide, you will be able to save your iPhone data from getting lost. However, keep in mind that backing up your data is always a good practice, so you should always keep a backup of your data for circumstances like these.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you backup a broken iPhone that won’t turn on?

There are two ways to backup from an iPhone that won’t turn on. These ways require you to backup your data using the iTunes or iCloud backup option. You need to ensure that you have backed up your device beforehan for these methods to work. 

However, remember that your iPhone will only pair with devices that it trusts, so you need a device that your iPhone has been connected to already.

How do I log into iCloud with a broken phone?

In the event that you can’t access your iCloud ID’s two-step verification, you will need the recovery key to log in to your account. To log in to your iCloud account, go to iCloud sign-in and enter your email and password. Choose the “Can’t access trusted device” option on the two-step verification window. Now, enter the recovery key for your iCloud ID, and you will be able to log in to your account.

Can I get my Apple ID verification code sent to my email?

No. Apple ID two-step verification relies on two things: the user’s phone number and an already trusted device. If you don’t have any of the above, you can still sign in to your iCloud ID with the help of your recovery key. You can set up a new trusted device once you are logged into your iCloud ID.

How do I wipe my iPhone if it’s dead?

To erase data from an iPhone that is dead, you need the help of iCloud. Sign in to your iCloud account and navigate to “Settings”. Then, go to “Locate My iPhone”. Inside “All Devices”, look for your iPhone. Once you find your iPhone there, double-click it and press “Erase” to wipe all the data. Once your data is done, getting it back will be impossible.

How do you unlock an iPhone without knowing the password?

To unlock an iPhone whose password you forgot, you will need the help of iTunes. First, ensure that you connect your iPhone with a trusted computer. Once the device is connected, go to your Mac OS Finder or iTunes and search for “Restore iPhone”. Click on the option to completely reset your device. Any password that was previously present on your iPhone will be reset.

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