How to Fix “Forgot iTunes Backup Password”

What to do if you forgot iTunes encrypted backup password? This post will tell you how to recover iTunes backup password, as well as how to remove it and create a new backup without knowing the password.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 13, 2021

Q: I backed up my iPhone on computer and now whenever I try to restore it, it asks for an encrypted password, however, I forgot my iTunes backup password. Then I can’t restore an encrypted backup without its password. So, I want to ask “how can I backup my iPhone and also uncheck the Encrypted Backup Password?” Thanks a lot!

— A User from Apple Communities

To protect your iPhone backups, you may use a password to encrypt the backup in iTunes. When you choose to use this function, you should remember your password firmly because it’s the key to unlock your encrypted iTunes backup. 

However, if you forgot iPhone backup password just like the above user from Apple Communities, basically you can’t restore this iTunes backup. In this case, some users may want to recover the iTunes backup encryption password, while some users just want to make a new backup, and some users even just want to remove the password. So, what do you prefer to do? Here in this guide, we will show you some common methods to fix the “forgot iTunes backup password” issue.

Further Reading: How to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup >

Method 1: Try all Possible Passwords

Firstly, when you forgetting iTunes encrypted backup password, the direct way is to try all the possible passwords that you can think of, such as your Apple ID password, iTunes Store password, iPhone passcode, computer password, birthdays, etc. Among these password combinations, maybe you can find out the right one.

Or, you can ask families or friends for help. Sometimes, your families or close friends may remember your passwords, why not ask your families or friends if they know it.

Method 2: Use Keychain on Mac

If you’re a Mac user and saved your iTunes backup password to Keychain, then you’re so lucky because you can use Keychain to get back your password with ease. To do this, you can follow steps:

  1. On your Mac, open Application > Utilities > Keychain Access.
  2. Click on All Items. In the upper-right search field enter “iPhone” and look for a keychain item named iPhone Backup.
  3. Double-click the iPhone Backup, a new window that will open, tick the Show password checkbox. Enter your keychain password and click Allow.

Then you’ll see your iPhone Backup password in the pop-up window.

Method 3: Reset Forgotten iTunes Backup Password and Create a New Backup

With iOS 11 and later on your iPhone, you can make a new encrypted backup of your iPhone by resetting the password. Here are the steps to reset the iTunes backup password:

  1. Open Settings on iPhone > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
  2. Tap Reset All Settings and enter your iPhone passcode. This will reset settings like display brightness, wallpaper, and certainly encrypted backup password, but no data or media will be deleted.
  3. Next, connect your iPhone to iTunes again. And you can create a new encrypted backup now.

    Resetting the Password

    Resetting the Password

Method 4: Retrieve iTunes Backup Passcodes via AnyUnlock

Although you can reset the password and make a new one, you would like to find back the backup content sometimes. As a professional passcode management tool, AnyUnlock provides several passcodes issue solutions. Like unlocking iPhone screen code, decryption of Screen Time passcode, unlocking Apple ID, retrieving iTunes backup passwords, etc. The following steps will lead a quick and safe way to recover your iTunes backup passcode as well as the content.

Step 1. Download AnyUnlock and run it on your computer > choose the iTunes Backup Passcode Recovery.

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Access the Feature in AnyUnlock to Recover the iTunes Backup Password

Access the Feature in AnyUnlock to Recover the iTunes Backup Password

Step 2. Click on the right backup you need to unlock and tap on Continue to go on.

Select your iTunes Backup File

Select your iTunes Backup File

Step 3. You may need to wait for a while. iTunes backup passcode recovery will take some time which depends on how complicated your passcode is.

Start Recovering the iTunes Backup Password

Start Recovering the iTunes Backup Password

Step 4. Once the analysis finished, you could get your iTunes backup password on the screen.

The iTunes Backup Password Recovered

The iTunes Backup Password Recovered

You may have to get an Authorization if your Mac is running in Mac 10.14 or later. P.S. AnyUnlock would take you some time to analyze your passcode which depends on how complicated the code is. So you need to be patient.

Method 5: Unlock iTunes backup password with PhoneRescue for iOS

If all the above methods fail to help you out, then you have no choice but try some iTunes backup password unlocker. And here we would like to recommend this professional yet 100% safe iTunes backup password unlocker – PhoneRescue for iOS. 3 wonderful features make it to be users first choice to unlock iTunes backup password:

  1. Highest Success Rate. It has helped over 41,300 users unlock forgot iTunes backup password successfully.
  2. Preview Backup Details & Extract to iOS Device. The unlockers in the market are only capable of unlocking password. PhoneRescue for iOS will not only help users unlock locked iTunes backup passwords but also allow users to preview the details in the backup, selectively extract data, and even transfer them to devices.

Download PhoneRescue for iOS now, and then follow the steps below to do iTunes encrypted backup password recovery with ease.

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Step 1. Install and open PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer > Click Recover from Backup mode > Click Right Arrow to proceed.

How to Unlock Forgot iTunes backup Password - Step 1

How to Unlock Forgot iTunes backup Password – Step 1

Step 2. Choose the locked iTunes backup you want to unlock > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right > Click Only Scan Backup option > Click Forget Password button > Finish the cracking settings > Click Start button to unlock the iTunes backup password.

How to Unlock Forgot iTunes backup Password - Step 2

How to Unlock Forgot iTunes backup Password – Step 2

Step 3. After the unlocking process completes, the screen will show you like below. You can click the Scan button to check backup details, and then transfer the files you want to your iOS device.

How to Unlock Forgot iTunes backup Password - Step 3

How to Unlock Forgot iTunes backup Password – Step 3

The Bottom Line

That’s all for you if you forgot iTunes backup password, you can try the first three ways or AnyUnlock according to your needs. Hope this guide can give you a hand. If you feel this guide is helpful, why not share it to help more people? Also, if you have other tips for the problem, feel free to leave your comment below.

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