What Can I Do If I Forgot My Encrypted iPhone Backup Password

Want to restore iPhone with a backup but forgot iPhone backup password? This article is going to tell you what you can do if forgot encrypt iPhone backup password.

By iMobie | Posted on: Apr. 02, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2018

“I need to restore my iPhone 6S with iTunes. The backup file was encrypted, but I forgot my encrypted iPhone backup password so I tried a few password sets commonly used by myself. However, none of them was correct. For my case, is it possible to restore my iPhone with that password-locked iTunes backup file? Thanks!”

“I had the same problem. I forgot my iPhone backup password. Tried everything I could think of in 3 hours. I am still working on how to get the password back. Thank U.”

—iPhone Users from iFixit

Forgot iPhone Backup Password

Forgot iPhone Backup Password

Recently, many iPhone users upgrade to new iPhone 8 or iPhone X, and most of them want to restore data from their previous iPhone backup to the new iPhone. Or maybe you just lost some vital data after updating to new iOS, and want to restore your iPhone from iPhone backup. No matter for what reasons, if you encrypted the backup before and forgot the iPhone backup password, it is very sorry to tell you that the iPhone backup cannot be unlocked and your iPhone can’t be restored from the encrypted iPhone backup either. So, what can you do if you forgot encrypt iPhone backup password?

Here in this article, we will offer 5 ways to help you make it. Let’s read on.

Forgot iPhone Backup Password – What to Do

1. Try all the possible password combinations.

The most common and direct way is to take a paper, write down all the possible password combinations you can think of, then try them one by one. It sounds stupid, but it works for many users. Because the password must be a keyword commonly used by yourself, or a string of combination has some special meaning for you. So, just have a try. Additionally, you can fresh your mind, give yourself more time. Sometimes, the password may come into your mind all of a sudden.

2. Try the first password that you set with your iPhone.

Some iPhone users reported that the first password you set with your iPhone may be the right one. That is to say, you may change a lot of different passwords after you encrypt it at the first time. But iTunes may only recognize your iPhone by the first password that you set with it. So, if you’ve ever changed your password, just try out the first password.

3. Restore your iPhone from iCloud backup.

If you also made an iCloud backup that contains the data you want to restore, then you can try to restore your iPhone from iCloud backup to replace iTunes backup. If you just want to get back your lost data by restoring iPhone, you can also try to recover lost data from iPhone directly, without restoring from iPhone backup. And here is a guide tells you how to make it.

4. Transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone directly.

To restore iPhone backup, if you mean to restore data from old iPhone to new iPhone, as long as the data you want to restore from your encrypted backup still on your old iPhone, you can even transfer data from old iPhone to your new iPhone 8/X directly, without restoring from iTunes or iCloud backup.

5. Try some iPhone backup unlocker tools.

If all the above methods can’t fix your problem, and you still want to find out your iPhone backup password, then you can have a try on some iPhone backup unlocker tools such as iSunShare iTunes Password Genius, Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker, Daossoft iTunes Password Rescuer, 7thShare iTunes Backup Unlocker, etc. But please notice that these tools not free for you. Here is a price list of some common backup unlockers:

PhoneRescue iPhone Backup Unlocker is the only software offers this service for free while all of the others in the market is charged, and at more than $20. It is a free iPhone backup unlocker yet with a high success rate of cracking encrypted iPhone backup password. If you want to know more about how to make it with PhoneRescue, you can refer to the Part 2 of this guide.

The Bottom Line

If you forgot iPhone backup password, you can try above methods to see if they’re working for you. If this article is helpful for you, you can share it on your Facebook or Twitter to help more people who have the same issue with you.


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