Turn Off iPhone/iPad 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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 15, 2020

Some users reported that they want to uncheck “Encrypt iPhone backup” in iTunes but they’ve 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 with you three methods of unchecking encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes. 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, then you can try to reset the password and make a new encrypted backup.

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’ve mentioned before, this method applying for iOS 11, and later, if your device not running on iOS 11, you should update it to a higher iOS version in advance.

Reset iPhone Backup Password and Make a New Encrypted One

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

Step 2. Tap “Reset All Settings” and enter your device passcode.

Reset All Settings of Your iPhone

Reset All Settings of Your iPhone

Step 3. Follow the instruction to reset your settings. This won’t affect your user data or passwords, but it will reset settings like display brightness, Home screen layout, and wallpaper. It also removes your encrypted backup password.

Step 4. Connect your device to the Finder or iTunes again and create a new encrypted backup using the steps above.

This method only helps you to create a new encrypted iTunes backup, but you won’t be able to restore the previous backup.

Method 2: How to Remove Encrypted iTunes Backup Password

If you have forgotten the password of your encrypted iTunes backup, and urge to find it back, then I’m sorry to tell you that Apple doesn’t provide a possible method. But some iTunes backup password recovery tools can help you make it. Here in this article, we recommend AnyUnlock from iMobie. It is a professional iOS device unlocking tool. It can help you to unlock the iTunes backup password as well as find back the iTunes backup. Follow the guide and check the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download and launch AnyUnlock on your computer.

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Step 2. Click “Remove iTunes Backup Encryption” on the main interface. Then connect your device to the computer.

Click Remove iTunes Backup Encryption

Click Remove iTunes Backup Encryption

Step 3. When AnyUnlock has detected your device, the device info will be displayed. Check and click “Remove Now” to continue. Please turn off “Find My iPhone” on your device if you have turned it on.

Check Device Info and Click Remove Now

Check Device Info and Click Remove Now

Step 4. Wait with patience, the time the removing process takes depends on the complexity of your backup password.

Wait Until the Unlocking Process is Finished

Wait Until the Unlocking Process is Finished

1) Please keep the device connected and do not use the device during the removal process. 2) Do not open iTunes during the removal process. 3) If your device is below iOS 11, other settings such as Apple ID will also be removed.

Method 3: Find Back iPhone iPad Backup Password via Password Recovery Tool

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.

To recover a 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 of 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 a 100% recovery rate. Here in the following text, we will introduce you an iPhone backup unlocker – PhoneRescue for iOS, which has a wide range of features like:

  1. Easy-to-use. This software offers a convenient and easy way to crack the iPhone backup password.
  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 the 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, no matter you want to make a new encrypted iTunes backup, or you want to unlock the encrypted backup, or you want to find back the backup password, you can always find a way in this article. If you have other solutions, welcome to share with us in the comment section. What’s more, if you got interested in AnyUnlock, download it and have a try!

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.