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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.

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 firstly 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.

If you remember your encryption backup password, it will be easy to decrypt an iTunes backup. However, if you forget the password, you may need more time to make it. Well, whether you know the password or not, here in this page, we will show you how to decrypt iTunes backup with and without password.

1. How to Decrypt iTunes Backup with Password

With 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 computer with an USB cable. Click the device icon on the top of iTunes window.

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

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup with Known Password - Step 2

How to Decrypt iTunes Backup with Known Password - Step 2

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

2. How to Decrypt iTunes Backup without Password

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 iTunes backup password and let you create new backups, but it also remove your previous backups. So, it is really impossible to decrypt iTunes backup without backup data losing?

Thanks for today’s advanced technology, some professional iTunes backup unlocker software still can help you out with ease. They can help you recover or crack iTunes backup password in an easy way.

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 can’t figure out the right one.

Thus, why not have a try on some iTunes backup password recovery tools? 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. That’s not an easy job, they also need some time to find out the right one among a huge amount of combinations. The recovery time depends on the length and complexity of the password. If you can remember part of your password, the time will be reduced.

The Bottom Line

After reading this guide about how to decrypt iTunes backup with and without password, you can unlock your encrypted iTunes backup and make use of it freely. If you still have problems on 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.

Thea Member of @iMobie_Inc., an optimistic & senior iPhone user, like to share tricks and solutions about iOS related issues.

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