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iSunshare iTunes Password Genius Review - Does it work to unlock iTunes backup file?

I've tested and used iSunshare iTunes Password Genius to recovery backup password on my computer, and this is my review of iSunshare iTunes backup unlocker, including its cons, pros, and my testing process/results.

Apple said, "There is no way to recover your information in the backup if you lose or forget the password of your encrypted iTunes backup". To unlock the encrypted backup file, you have to use the correct password. But how can you pick out your forgotten or never-set iTunes backup password?

Luckily, there are some professional iTunes backup unlocker apps doing this job. With this apps, you can quickly try all possible characters combination to find your lost iTunes backup password, and then unlock your backup files.

In this post, I tested one of these apps - iSunshare iTunes Password Genius, and gives you my personal opinion (the pros and cons) and the detailed test results.

Contents of this iSunshare iTunes Password Genius Review

What's iSunshare iTunes Password Genius My Opinion of iTunes Password Genius (Summary) My Preparation before testing iSunshare How I test iSunshare iTunes Password Genius Usability, recovery speed and compatibility (Test Results) Price: Trial Version and Full Version

What's iSunshare iTunes Password Genius?

When you try to backup or restore device from iTunes backup, have you ever got some messages asking you to enter one password that you never set, or telling you "the password you entered to unlock your iPhone backup was incorrect"?

iTunes ask you to enter iPhone backup password

iTunes ask you to enter iPhone backup password

In above situations, iSunshare iTunes Password Genius will be very helpful. It has 4 attack methods to get back your iTunes backup password on your Mac and PC, to help you easily unlock iTunes backups to restore data from encrypted backup files.

My Opinion on iSunshare iTunes Password Genius (Summary)

iSunshare iTunes Password Genius is one professional password recovery tool that you can use to recovery iTunes backup password you forgot or never set. In my tests, it unlocked 4 encrypted iOS backups on my Windows computer. Just as it said, it has the ability to get back iTunes backup password, and the recovering process is safe and easy.

Successfully recover the iTunes backup password with iSunshare

Successfully recover the iTunes backup password with iSunshare

iSunshare iTunes Password Genius isn't miraculous. If you are going to recover a complex and strong password and you can't remember anything like the password length and inclusive characters, the iTunes backup password recovery will take a very long time.

But overall, iSunshare does save your time and efforts when you want to try all possible characters combinations to unlock the iTunes backup file on your computer. In addition, it offers free trial, and a relatively inexpensive Full Version. But notice that if your backup password is more than 3 characters, the free trial is useless.


  • Unlock most of iTunes backups.
  • Works on both Windows and Mac computer.
  • Has four attack types to recover forgotten pass codes.
  • Recovery process is simple and safe.


  • Take a long time if the password is created with a complex character combination.
  • Don't work for some backups in latest iOS 11 and iOS 10.3.3 on my Windows computer.

My Preparation before testing iSunshare

In order to test the password recovery ability and the compatibility of iSunshare iTunes Password Genius, I've created several encrypted backups in various iOS operating system with my iPhone and iPod touch. 

Encrypted iTunes backups I made on PC

Encrypted iTunes backups I made on PC

I created 5 backups with my iPhones and iPod touch on my Windows computer. These backups are in various iOS version, including iOS 8.3, iOS 9.3.5, iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11. And My colleague also made similar backup files on her Mac computer. After, we started using iSunshare to unlock all of these backup files.

How I test iSunshare iTunes Password Genius

1. Download and install iSunshare

I downloaded and installed iSunshare iTunes Password Genius on my Windows computer and my colleague Thea installed the Mac version.

Downloaded iSunshare to my Windows computer

Downloaded iSunshare to my Windows computer

2. Select encrypted iTunes backup.

After clicking the Open button on the top-left side, this app automatically got all of my created backup files and listed them with the backup time and device Serial Number. I selected one encrypted backup file on my PC and click "OK" to continue my password recovering process. At the same time, my colleague is testing the Mac version.

Select iTunes Backup - iSunshare for Windows

Select iTunes Backup - iSunshare for Windows

3. Use 4 attack methods to recover iTunes backup passwords.

After selecting the backup file, I chose one attack type and start the recovering. This app offers 4 attack types ( password recovery methods ), including Brute-force, Mask, Dictionary and Smart. To increase the recovery rate, each method offers some attributes you can set, like the password range and length.

How to Recovery iTunes Backup Password with iSunshare

How to Recovery iTunes Backup Password with iSunshare

I've tested its four attack types to unlock iTunes backup on my Windows computer. And Thea tested on her Mac computer. You can read her test here: How to recover iTunes backup password on Mac computer.

Test Results: Usability, Recovery Speed and Compatibility

1. Usability: Is iSunshare iTunes Password Genius easy to use?

Yes, it's easy to use this app to unlock iTunes backup. We've followed 4 simple steps to recover password : 1. choose backup file; 2. select attack type; 3. set attributes; 4. click "Start" button. After the steps, we can leave and go back to do other things, because iSunshare will try all possible characters combinations to unlock our locked iTunes backup file automatically.

And if we stop the recovering process, iSunshare will save the recovery project so that we can go on to recover password next time we run iSunshare, which is very resonable.

iSunshare asked whether to continue the project

iSunshare asked whether to continue the project

2. How about the password recovery speed of iSunshare?

During my test on iSunshare iTunes Password Genius, we found the recovery speed was determined by a large combination of factors, such as:

a. Whether you remember something about the password.

If you remember the password length, inclusive character types or a part of password, it will increase the recovery speed. Or, it may take you hours or days to finish the recovery process with this iSunshare software.


When you know the password length, and inclusive character types, you can choose "Brute-force" attack type, set the Password Range and Length to increase the recover speed.

Set the Password Range and Length

Set the Password Range and Length

And when you know a part of the password, you can choose "Mast" attack type, and set Mask as below (replace the unknown symbols with the question marks "?"). And this way will increase the speed of the iTunes backup password recovery.

Mask attack type of iSunshare iTunes Password Genius

Mask attack type of iSunshare iTunes Password Genius

b. The complexity of the password.

It will cost a long time to unlock encrypted backup file if the password contains numbers, letters and special symbols. But if the password is only some combination of some simple numbers, iTunes Backup Genius will quickly pick it out.

c. The length of the password.

It takes much time to recover a long password via iSunshare iTunes password genius. If the length of passcode increases, the possible combinations that the app will use to unlock backup will increase as well.

d. What iOS your iTunes backup use.

If your backup is in iOS 10.3.3 or later, you may spend too much time to recover the iTunes password with iSunshare. We've tested to use iTunes Backup Genius to find one 3-character password of one iOS 11 backup file on my Windows computer, but it failed after a long time recovery process.

3. How about the compatibility of iSunshare?

iSunshare iTunes Password Genius works well in Windows and Mac OS (X) in my tests. On my Windows computer, it quickly get back the passwords of my iTunes backups in iOS 9.3.5, iOS 8.3, but failed to get from iOS 11 and iOS 10.3.3. On my colleague's Mac computer, it got all the passwords, whether the iOS 8.3, 9.3.5 or the latest iOS 11 backup file password.

Price: Trial version and full version

iSunshare iTunes Password Genius offers free trial for recovering no more than 3 characters password. If you want to use it to retrieve a longer password, you have to buy the full version with the price of $29.95. Compared with all similar iTunes password recovery apps, iSunshare can be a very good solution with a relatively cheap price.

The Bottom Line

After testing iSunshare iTunes Password Genius and comparing it with other similar recovery apps, we think iSunshare is relatively professional, effective and cheap. If you want to quickly try all possible character combinations to unlock your iTunes backup files on your computer, iSunshare is worth a shot.

Tom Member of @iMobie_Inc., is specialized in Mac, iPhone, iPad and iOS, Mac OS, and love to find and solve Apple related daily life problems.

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