I want to back up my deceased father's iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Drag'nGT, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Drag'nGT, Jan 19, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2015

    Drag'nGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    UPDATE: I figured out which code I needed and was able to get in the phone to take care of things. Mostly got the code by blind luck but I'll take it.

    Thanks to everyone that offered options and ways to get past all of this. I tried nearly all of them. And thank you for your condolences.

    To the people that think I'm lying, that's kind of fair, this is the internet and it is full of liars. But as others pointed out (because they can reason), I've been here far too long for this to be a lie.
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    You're probably screwed as far as accessing the data on the phone itself.

    However, was the phone backing up to iCloud? If it was, you should be able to DFU it, then restore it from the iCloud backup and get all the data back then. The backup itself is not passcode locked.

    Same deal if he was backing up to iTunes itself; you should be able to restore the phone from that backup. You might lose the last few things he did but at least you'll have everything before that.

    My condolences about your dad. :( Good luck with the data recovery.

  3. Drag'nGT thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    Thanks. It's been hard because he went so young due to cancer. I updated the post to reflect his last back up was to the computer in 2013 and no iCloud back ups that I've found. This right here is one reason that Apple should offer a little more than 5GB of room if they truly think we are in a post PC world. If I don't have to have a computer to activate the phone then we need a way to back up, even a little bit, just a little easier.
  4. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Go into Apple and tell your story and see if you can get someone to bend the rules for some good PR.
  5. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Do you know his iCloud password? Sign into it on your computer/iPhone and go through his picture stream that way :)


    Apple doesn't have the ability to brute force iPhones
  6. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    My condolences, I wish you the best and hope you are strong with coping. My previous gf, her father passed away young...its a tough thing for anyone to go through.
  7. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    Just wanted to say that I am sorry to hear this and cannot even imagine how hard this is for you. And then you have to deal with this crap. Sorry mate.
  8. Itsedstech macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    if he had find my iPhone on, just log into iCloud, lock the phone with a code through find my iPhone ( you get to select the code) then on the phone unlock it with that code. should work.
  9. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    I would just keep the phone as is for remembrance.

    I'm hoping you're legit OP. Unless you're just trying to get sympathy to bypass iCloud lock security feature. I hope not.
  10. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I'm sorry for you loss. My condolences. Do you think his 4-digit password may be his birthdate - mmdd or birth year?
  11. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Unfortunately, unless you have any idea what he based his passcode on there isn't much you can do.

    Did he enable the "delete after 10 failed attempts" option? If not, you can just keep trying.

    I'm sorry about your lose, at least he isn't suffering anymore.
  12. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    Will the estate be probated? If so, you could get an order from the probate judge that the iP5 and access to your dad's iCloud account were awarded to you (or your mom or whomever) and if you submit it to Apple's legal department, they would have to honor that at least to ownership of the iP5 and recognize you or whomever as the legal owner of the iP5. Access to the iCloud account may be more complicated depending on the state. Make sure the order lists the IMEI and S/N of the iP5 and to the extent known, your dad's Apple ID.

    I know that seems extreme, but if the estate is being probated anyhow, no reason not to ask for a formal order awarding you or whomever the iP5 and access to the iCloud account. If the estate is being probated, then you likely have an attorney so you can speak with the attorney about this.
  13. Drag'nGT thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    That actually could or would work but my friend tried to update it after the Apple rep said you had to be on the latest firmware for iOS and iTunes. So I'm stuck in the "slide to update" mode.

    It's legit, I have no reason to be focused on just his phone. It's a cheap item in the grand scheme of things. Not to mention I've been a member here too long for this to be my ultimate end game. lol ;)

    I tried that. I tried a few that I know he used for other things. Nothing.

    I can try that. I'm the only heir so it should be easy.
  14. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Silly question, but does the phone still sync when plugged in to your dad's MBP? If so, I would sync the phone to the MBP, and get all his pictures off it that way. See if iPhoto recognizes the phone, and will allow you import the photos off his camera roll.

    Next step: are backups encrypted? If not (hopefully), then do one last backup in iTunes, and then restore from that backup. The data should come back onto the phone intact, and without a passcode (but with the opportunity to set up a new one).

    Of course, the "slide to update" thing has me concerned. May be past the point of no return if you see that, unfortunately.

    And, my condolences. I lost my dad a little over a year ago too, and he also passed away pretty young, so I get a sense of how tough this is. :(
  15. Drag'nGT thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    An iPhone with a passcode requires the passcode in order to sync. My first attempt was to get the phone to talk to iTunes or iPhoto. It wanted a passcode each time.
  16. aphexacid macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2007
    i think you're out of luck trying to get into the phone. But if you get iexplorer for osx, you can read whatever was on his last backups.
  17. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Unfortunately, that would indicate the phone hasn't been synced before on that Mac, or was reset after it was last synced.

    (Once synced with a computer and "Trust this Computer" is accepted, a passcode locked iPhone no longer requires a passcode to sync to that same computer when locked... unless it's been wiped, or a reset of Privacy or network settings has happened.)

    Sad to say, if the update to iOS 8 has already started on that phone, you might be at the end of your options.
  18. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Don't have any other ideas, but sorry for your loss, OP.
  19. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
    I don't believe the OP's story. Not buying it. Nope nope nope.
  20. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Most people who ask for ways to bypass security measures are on MR newbies accounts.

    The OP is a 68000, so I'm more inclined to believe him.
  21. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    I think I'm the third person that asked… Did you open up a web browser and log into iCloud with your dad's Apple account?

    Good luck with finding the passcode. Could it be his wife's bday or any kids or favorite number.
  22. mjb59463 macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2012
    Don't have a solution for this, but wanted to offer my condolences for the loss of your father.

    I really hope you get the iPhone sorted out!
  23. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    Yep agree, or maybe call tech support. If you do go into the store take some ID.

    Many condolences re your father death,
  24. Wirbowsky macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2010
    I suppose your best bet is to try all combination of 4 digits.
    That requires some time but it should not be so long.
    May be first do a list of common combination like 1234, 1111...
    Then do the rest in a systematic approach

    Good luck and sorry for you loss.
  25. nathan.kindle macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2014
    Check YouTube I believe I saw a few instance where people were able to bypass parts of the lockout. Not sure if any would work or help but this made me realize that I need a backup plan encase something like this happens in my home.

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