How to Decrypt an Encrypted iTunes Backup with/without Password

To decrypt a password-protected iPhone or iPad backup in iTunes, your encryption password is needed. What if you don’t know the password? This full guide will show you how to make it with & without the password.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 21, 2021

If you ever backed up your iPhone or iPad with iTunes to your computer and encrypted it by setting a password, when you try to restore from the backup or extract data from the backup, you need to first decrypt the iPhone/iPad backup. Using iTunes or some third-party applications, as long as you want to unlock the encrypted backup, the encryption backup password is essential.

Do you know how to unencrypt iPhone backup? It would be quite easy to decrypt an iTunes backup with the known encryption password. However, if you forget the password, you may need more time to make it. Well, whether you know the password or not, here on this page, we will show you how to decrypt iTunes backup with and without the password.

1. How to Decrypt iTunes Backup with Password

With a known encryption backup password, you can follow steps below to decrypt your iPhone or iPad backup:

Step 1. Launch iTunes and connect your iOS device to a computer with a USB cable. Click the device icon at the top of the iTunes window.

Step 2. Click Summary, go to the “Backups” section, you’ll see the option of “Encrypt backup” is checked. To decrypt it, you need to remove the checkbox.

Step 3. A window will pop up and asks for your password, input the password and click on OK, your iPhone or iPad backup will be decrypted.

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup with Known Password - Step 3

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup with Known Password – Step 3

If you forgot your backup encryption password, or just remember part of your password, you may wonder “Can I decrypt my backup in iTunes without the password?” To be honest, the answer is NOT. Apple says there is no way to turn off Encrypt Backup if you lose or forget the password. And iTunes doesn’t offer a way to recover iTunes backup password. Currently, Apple provides a way to bypass the iTunes backup password and lets you create new backups, but it also removes your previous backups. So, it is really impossible to decrypt iTunes backup without backup data losing? Let’s read on.

2. To Recover iTunes Backup Passcodes in One Click Without Data Loss

For most users, the most direct way to recover the backup password is to try all possible passwords that you can think of.  And you need to check it one by one. You know that a password may have thousands of combinations, so, it’s almost impossible for you to try all combinations, especially when your password is complicated and long. Moreover, after a lot of effort, you may still not be able to figure out the right one.

With AnyUnlock, you won’t have to try every single possibility to recover your iTunes backup passcode. Besides passcodes recovery, with AnyUnlock, you can manage all your passcode on iPhone and unlock the screen codes if you forgot them. What’s more, it also provides an easy but efficient way to unlock the Screen Time passcode and remove Apple ID. Along with the steps below, you can retrieve your iTunes backup passwords with ease.

Step 1. Download AnyUnlock and launch it on your computer > Choose the iTunes Backup Passcode

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How to Retrieve iTunes Backup Passcode via AnyUnlock

How to Retrieve iTunes Backup Passcode via AnyUnlock

Step 2. Choose the right backup > Click on Continue to go on

View and Choose a iTunes Backup

View and Choose a iTunes Backup

Step 3. Wait for a while, AnyUnlock is analyzing your iTunes backup passcode.

Analyzing the iTunes Backup Passcode

Analyzing the iTunes Backup Passcode

Step 4. You can copy the passcodes through tapping on the copy button.

iTunes Backup Passcode Recovery Complete

iTunes Backup Passcode Recovery Complete

You may have to get authorization if you are running in Mac 10.14 or later.

3. How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password via PhoneRescue for iOS

There are some professional iTunes backup unlocker tools still can help you out. They can check thousands of passwords per second, and make it possible to check all password combinations for you, even your password contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, special symbols, space and more.

PhoneRescue is a professional iOS & Android data recovery software, which dedicated to helping users recover lost data and fix various annoying smartphone issues. PhoneRescue for iOS is mainly designed for iOS users, recently, it adds a new function of cracking iPhone backup password.

Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Select recover from iTunes Backup and click the arrow button.

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How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 1

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 1

Step 2. Select one encrypted backup you want to decrypt, follow the prompts, and click on “Forget Password”.

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 2

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 2

Step 3. Set some info about your backup password, the more you remember, the quicker you’ll recover your backup password. Then click on Start.

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 3

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 3

Step 4. Waiting for the crack process patiently till it successfully find out your iTunes backup password.

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 4

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password – Step 4

Besides this, after cracking your encrypted iPhone backup password, you can also use PhoneRescue for iOS to preview and extract data from your iPhone backup to your device or computer directly.

The Bottom Line

After reading this guide about how to unencrypt iPhone backups with and without a password, you can unlock your encrypted iTunes backup and make use of it freely. If you still have problems with decrypting iPhone or iPad backup, welcome to leave your comment. If you feel this guide is helpful for you, you can share it to help more people. Among multiple paid iTunes backup password recovery tools, you can give AnyUnlock a try which works perfectly.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.