iOS devices can use an optional encrypted backup feature that protects all backups with a strong encryption layer and password, meaning those backups are both unusable and unreadable without that password. If you chose to encrypt the backups of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with such a password and then somehow forgot the password to those backups, you may have an option available to recover it and then regain access to those backups for recovery and general usage. In this article, I will take iPhone 5 as an example to illustrate how you can get the lost iTunes backup password back.
What Can You Do with the Encrypted iPhone?
If you lost/forgot the iPhone backup password, it doesn’t mean that your iPhone 5 is suddenly unusable, it does mean that your iPhone 5 must be used either in its current state, or reset to factory defaults and then set up as a new device without restoring from the encrypted backup, which basically treats it like a brand new phone. Or you can recover the password and then use it like nothing happened.
iCloud backups may still be available as well, as accessible through an Apple ID, but that’s also not guaranteed since not everyone uses the iCloud backup service.
So I will introduce you a powerful tool to retrieve your lost iPhone backup password. It is Tenorshre iPhone Backup Unlocker which can find the lost password in a few clicks and simple operations. It is reliable therefore received a variety of good reviews from all over the world. Let’s explore how to use the iPhone Backup Unlocker to decrypt the encrypted iPhone backup of your iPhone 5.
Fast Guide to Use Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker
As a matter of fact, when you download and install iPhone backup unlocker, you can see all the steps are listed in the left of the interface for reference.
Step 1: Import iTunes Backup Key Container File to Decrypt
After download and installation, you can see that there is an “Open” button in the main interface. Click it to import the encrypted iTunes backup files.
Note: commonly, the tool will navigate to the backup file automatically, if you are out of luck and failed to automatically find the back file, please refer to the iTunes backup location and then import the backups manually.
Step 2: Choose a Right Attack Type and Set the Attack Type Accordingly
Three types are offered for us to choose from. Namely, they are “Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack, Dictionary Attack”.
Brute-force Attack is a kind of attack that will try every possible combination of password. Choose this attack when you have no clue what the password may be, and there’s no setting for this attack. However, this attack may take the longest time to find password.
If you remember something about the password, say, the length of the password, you could choose Brute-force with Mask Attack. The settings of this attack include Password Length, Character Range and Affix. Set these items could help you find lost password more quickly.
If the iTunes backup password is one of your frequently used password and you are not sure which it is, choose Dictionary Attack. You could set a text file with all possible passwords and import this text file to the program. Along with this text file, there will be a default dictionary, both of which are for the reference of the program.
Note: In order to improve the decryption efficiency, you had better choose a right type accordingly.
Step 3: Start to Decrypt iTunes Backup Password
When all these are settled, click “Start”. iPhone Backup Unlocker will start to find password. During the decryption process, you are allowed to tap “Stop” if you have an emergency to deal with. When you are back, you could continue the decryption.
After a few minutes, you will see your password displaying in a pop up window. Then you can use it to unlock your iPhone 5 backup.