How to View/Read Encrypted iTunes Backup Files of iPhone

Help! My iTunes Backup is Encrypted and I Cannot View/Read It without Password!

Some people like to keep their personal data very secure, others less so, this is an individual preference. An iPhone and the backups created in iTunes can hold an incredible amount of personal data. In order to keep data secure when creating an iTunes backup, you can set up a password to encrypt iTunes backup.

However, there will be certain cases, such as iOS upgrade failure or accidental iPhone, iPad, iPod touch factory reset, you might want to get hold of the iTunes data to restore your iPhone. What if you forgot or lost the password you set on the iTunes backup? You have no access to this backup. In this case, how can you view your encrypted iTunes backup? As long as you know your iTunes backup password, you can access your backup data instantly. Then the next to do is to find the iTunes backup password to access the backup to restore.

Part 1: How to Find iTunes Backup Password?

Over the last year, we have received many user queries regarding forgot iPhone backup encryption password and cannot restore iPhone from the iTunes backup. So I will give you advice on finding your lost password for iTunes backup. Recalling old password you ever used before is the common and first choice we can occur, but if you are unfortunate to meet your passcode from the old passwords, what to do now?

No worries, we have developed our iPhone Backup Unlocker application which gives full access to encrypted iTunes backups by recovering the lost password within minutes. Simple steps needed to perform it, as below:

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iPhone Backup Password Recovery

Step 1: After right download and install iTunes backup password unlocker to computer, import encrypted backup to this program. Click “Open” to finish the file importing.

Step 2: Choose a right and proper attack strategy: Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack, Dictionary Attack.

Step 3: Click “Start” to initiate the password recovery. After a while, there will be a box displaying with your password.

Amazing, right? Learn more about unlocking iPhone backup password.

Part 2: How to Read/View Encrypted iTunes Backup?

After going through the above steps, you must have got your iTunes backup password. Now, you can copy the password to your iTunes where asks for the password. Then you can restore iPhone from backup freely.

To restore iPhone from iTunes, simple and free: Launch iTunes, then go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices. You will see a window with all of your backups listed on it. Click “Restore from Backup”.

If you still have any problem on restoring your iPhone lost data from backup, you can try to recover iPhone data without backup.

How to Unlock Forgotten iTunes Backup Password

Forgot iTunes backup password and won’t restore iPhone from backup? How to find the password back? This article will give you solutions.

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What is iPhone/iTunes Backup Password?

Every time you sync your iPhone with iTunes and make a backup, there will be a folder to save your backed up files, it is iTunes backup file. From the backup section in iTunes, you have a choice to encrypt iPhone backup. If you select it, iTunes will ask you to set up a password for your backup to prevent others from using your backup files illegally. The password you set up is the iPhone/iTunes backup password.

Note that it is different from the iTunes store password or the passcode you used to lock the screen on daily basis. Whenever you access the backup to restore lost iPhone lost data, you need to enter the password. Others who don’t know the password won’t use your backup to restore.

Note: iTunes saves your iPhone backup on computer according to different OS. Want to learn more details, you can go to: iTunes Backup Location.

Plus, iTunes saves your backup as .SQLITE_DB files. It is a file format that can’t be viewed directly. So even you found the files, you can’t open them directly for preview. But you can use iTunes to restore it onto your iPhone or special iTunes data extractor to extract it to your computer as viewable file format such as excel files, text files, .jpg files, etc.

How to Recover iTunes Backup Password When Forgot/Lost?

In these situations, we may need to recover our iPhone backup password.

1: Lost or forgot iPhone backup password

2: iTunes asking for a password to unlock iPhone backup when restoring your iDevices.

What can you do then? You can recall it carefully from the passwords you used frequently, you may have a fortune to meet the right password. However, if you have tried all possible passwords, still to no avail, try some other methods. I will list some possible ways provided by iPhone geek and 3rd party utility for reference in the below.

Part 1: Recover iPhone Backup Password on Windows PC

On Windows PC, except trying possible passwords for a fortune, you can go to iTunes and check the “Encrypt the Backup” option again. Enter a new password then all may be fixed right away.

Still no avail to get your backup unlocked? Try the last choice: use professional iPhone backup password unlock tool. The only tool online so far is called iPhone Backup Unlocker, which is specially used to recover iTunes backup password (for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch backup).

Part 2: Crack iTunes Backup Password on Mac

If you are using a Mac, Keychain can save password for you. So go to keychain to check if it saved this iTunes backup password for you.

Firstly, open Applications > Utilities > Keychain

Secondly, in the search dialog, search for “iPhone Backup.”

Thirdly, double click on the most recent entry for “iPhone Backup”

Fourthly, at the bottom of the dialogue box, click “Show password” and type in the administrative password for the computer. This will reveal your iTunes backup password!

If you didn’t find the password from keychain, also try the recommended iPhone backup unlocker. It is designed to run on Windows, so you need to transfer your encrypted backup from Mac to Windows PC. The backup file is OS based, you can transfer it from one computer to another regardless of password. Just have a try.

After you get the lost or forgotten password, you can go to restore your iPhone from backup now.