So over the Halloween weekend.. I shattered the screen to my 5S :(

My buddy is lending me their old iPhone 5 for a bit. I planned to backup my 5s and restore it on the 5. Problem is.. I keep getting the message in iTunes that says I have to enter my passcode on my 5s to start the backup!

The screen is absolutely destroyed. It doesn't recognize fingers or anything. The screen only turns on when I get a notification.

I was thinking it might be possible to replace my 5s screen with my buddy's 5 screen if all else fails, but I'm not sure if thats possible. Maybe someone can answer that too.

Thanks guys!

  • I take it you didn't have iCloud backup turned on?
    – Tyson
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 1:52

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If you phone is on, if you plug it into your Mac or computer it should automatically start to backup. As long as you have synced it on that computer at some point. Then you can just restore it when you get a new phone.

  • I tried doing that, but then iTunes tells me that I need to enter the passcode from my iPhone.
    – Justin
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 1:25
  • I have it synced to my computer, but I haven't backed it up in 2 months.
    – Justin
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 1:26
  • Hmmm I am not sure then, buying a screen offline and going through a repair guide is pretty cheap these days. Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 1:30
  • Yeah I did that in july. It was $150 and I couldn't use the right side of the keyboard. It cracked all the way across because it essentially was "rocking" around the frame. I hardly dropped it and its inoperable. And I can get the 6 in 2 months :(
    – Justin
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 1:33
  • Its usually a LOT cheaper than that. strivemobile.com/… this is only about $50 with the toolkit. Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 1:38

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