How to Turn Off Backup Encryption in iTunes Without the Password

Can’t uncheck encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes because forgot the encryption password? We write this guide to share you methods on turning off encrypt iPhone iPad backup without the password.

By Thea Lewis | Posted: Apr. 02, 2018, Last Updated: Apr. 20, 2018
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Some users reported that they couldn’t uncheck “Encrypt iPhone backup” in iTunes because they lost their encryption backup password. Do you also encounter such an annoying situation? You may wonder that “How do I turn off encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes without the password?” If you’re looking for the answer to this question, congratulations, you’re coming to the right page. We write this article to share you two methods of unchecking encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes without the password. Let’s read on.

Method 1: Uncheck Encrypt iPhone iPad Backup Without the Password via iTunes

To turn off iTunes backup encryption, uncheck the Encrypted backup box in iTunes, the simplest way is to input your password and follow the prompts to finish the process. What if you forgot the password? If you can’t remember it, Apples says there is no way to turn off Encrypt Backup if you lose or forget the password, but also gives you two options:

1. If you have an iCloud account, you can use iCloud to backup and restore instead of using iTunes. And it’s easy to do.

2. If you don’t have an iCloud account, the only way to turn off encrypted backups is to erase your device and set it up as new.

Option 1 is a little bit complicated, Option 2 is the better choice. And with iOS 11 & later, Apple makes Option 2 easier for you and here is what to do:

As we mentioned before, this method applying for iOS 11 and later, if your device not running on iOS 11, you should update it to iOS 11 in advance.

Step 1On your iOS 11 devices, open Settings app, tap on General, then scroll down till you see “Reset”, tap it.

Step 2 Tap “Reset All Settings”.

Step 3 On your device, it will pop up a window to let you confirm your operation. Don’t worry about it will erase your data, it just reset all settings like display brightness, Home screen layout, wallpaper, as well as removing your backup password.

Method 2: Turn Off iPhone iPad Backup Encryption in iTunes Without the Password via Password Recovery

With method 1, you can turn off the option of “Encrypt local backup” in iOS 11 by resetting all settings. However, the pity is that you cannot use the previous backup anymore. So, if you don’t know the password and want to find a way to uncheck the option, as well as keeping the backup data, then keep reading.

Apple doesn’t provide a possible method, but some iTunes backup password recovery tools can help you make it. With these tools to find out your backup password, then you can turn off iPhone backup encryption in iTunes easily.

How can they do? To recover forgotten iTunes backup password, the direct way is to try all kinds of passwords one by one. You might have spent several hours on trying a dozen passwords, but your password may have thousands of combinations, it’s a huge task to try all combinations, especially when a password is complicated and long, such as including uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, special symbols, and space, etc. More than anything, it’s not sure if you can find out the right one after a lot effort.

However, professional iTunes backup unlocker tools make it possible, which can check thousands of passwords per second. So, it will save you more time to do this, and most of them guarantee 100% recovery rate. There are many iTunes backup unlocker software in the market you can choose from, and you must pay for more than $20 to use them. But here in the following text, we will introduce you a free iPhone backup unlocker – PhoneRescue for iOS, which has a wide range of features like:

  1. Free-to-use. This is the only software offers the free function of cracking iPhone backup password while all of the others in the market is charged, at more than $20.
  2. High Success Rate. It has already helped many iOS users unlock forgotten iTunes backup password successfully.
  3. Besides, it not only help you unlock the locked iTunes backup, but also makes it possible to preview the details in the backup (that iTunes & iCloud don’t support), as well as allows you to selectively extract data from iPhone backup to device or to computer.

Free download PhoneRescue for iOS now, and then follow steps below to find out your encrypted backup password. With the password, you can follow Method 1 to turn off Backup Encryption in iTunes with ease.

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Step 1 Run PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Select Recover from iTunes Backup and click the arrow button at the right bottom.

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password - Step 1

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password – Step 1

Step 2 Choose an encrypted iTunes backup and according to the prompts, then click on Forget Password.

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password - Step 2

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password – Step 2

Step 3 Finish the cracking settings and click on Start button.

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password – Step 2

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password – Step 2

Step 4 After the unlocking process completes, the screen will show your backup password. Then, you can follow Method 1 to turn off Backup Encryption in iTunes with ease.

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password – Step 3

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption Without the Password – Step 3

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to turn off backup encryption in iTunes without the password, hope this guide can bring you convenience on unchecking encrypt iPhone iPad backup. As you can see from above, using PhoneRescue for iOS to find out the encryption backup password at first, then it will be easy to turn off backup encryption in iTunes. Such a practical and free method, why not give it a try?If you have other solutions, welcome to share us in the comment section.

Thea Lewis

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as a movie lover, take pleasure in sharing workarounds of iOS & Android related problems.

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