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.
Q: I backup my iPhone on computer and now whenever I try to restore it, it asks for encrypted password, however, I forgot my iTunes backup password. I am using a Window PC and I installed my window again and again and whenever I go to backup or restore it says enter password. So my question is "I want to Backup my iPhone again and it’s encrypted, so how can I backup my iPhone and also uncheck the Encrypted Backup Password"? Thanks a lot!
iPhone 6, iOS 9.3.3
--A User from Apple Communities
When making a backup with iTunes, if you encrypt it, you should remember your password firmly because the password is the key to unlock your encrypted iTunes backup. What if you forgot iTunes encrypted backup password, just like the user from Apple Communities, what can you do? 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?
If you also forgot iTunes backup encryption password, don’t fret, this post will tell you 2 options to help you fix it with ease.
When you forgetting iTunes encrypted backup password, if the backup is still useful for you, you must want to recover the password, right? Then, how to recover iTunes backup password? This part will show you 4 common methods.
Method 1: Fresh your mind and try all possible passwords.
The direct way is to try all the possible passwords that you can think of, such as you Apple ID password, iTunes Store password, iPhone passcode, birthdays etc. Among these password combinations, maybe you can find out the right one.
Method 2: Ask families or friends for help.
Some times, your families or close friends may remember your passwords, so, if you forgot iTunes backup password, why not ask your families or friends if they know it.
Method 3: 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:
Step 1. On your Mac, open Application > Utilities > Keychain Access.
Step 2. Click on All Items. In the upper right search field enter "iPhone" and look for a keychain item named iPhone Backup.
Step 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 4: Have a try on some iTunes backup password recovery tools.
If all the above methods can’t help you out, then you have no choice but try some iTunes backup password recovery tools. Here is a guide introduces 5 best iTunes backup unlocker tools: 2017 Top 5 Best iPhone Backup Unlocker Software Review >
This method works for iOS device running on iOS 11 and later, if your iOS is lower than iOS 11, then you can try this method after upgrading your iPhone to iOS 11.
If you forgot iTunes backup password but don’t want to get back your password, just want to make a new encrypt backup, then you can remove the iTunes backup password directly. And here is how to do:
Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset.
Step 2. Tap Reset All Settings > Enter your iOS passcode > Tap on Reset All Settings again.
Step 3. Connect your iPhone to iTunes again and create a new backup. You can also set a new encrypt backup password.
Note: Reset All Settings on your iPhone won't affect your user data or passwords; it will reset settings like display brightness, Home screen layout, and wallpaper. It also removes your encrypted backup password.
That’s all for you if you forgot iTunes backup password, hope this guide can give you a hand. If you feel this guide is helpful, why not share it to help more people who forgot iTunes backup password too?
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