How to Get Rid of Encrypted Backups to Restore – Remove the Password on iTunes Backup

Is there a way I can delete all my encrypted iPhone backups for which I forgot the password, so that I can start backing up from fresh?

Once you set a password to encrypt iPhone backups, switching this feature off needs the password you set on it. What if the password is forgotten or unknown? Here you have 2 solutions: To recover or remove the password on iTunes backup.

The professional program iPhone Backup Unlocker, which is able to achieve these two functions, is the world’s first and only tool to help you get rid of encrypted iPhone backup. It is simple to use. Btw, it cannot remove password before, but after the update not long ago, you are allowed to remove the password directly with this software. Thus, you will be free to enjoy the iTunes restore of your iPhone.

How to Use iPhone Backup Unlocker to Remove Password to iTunes?

Note: iPhone Backup Unlocker is an application based on computer, not on iPhone. So you need to download and install it on your computer then operate on PC. And at present, it supports Windows PC only, if you are a Mac user, transfer the encrypted backup from Mac to a Windows PC (Your friend’s or family member’s) to decrypt it.

Learn more, please read how to unlock iPhone backup password on Mac. Now let’s get started to learn how to perform iPhone backup unlocker on Windows.

Step 1: Import encrypted backup files to iPhone backup unlocker. After you run the program on your computer, you will see the main interface and then you can see a button “Open”, click it, you will be led to the destination of backup files.

Step 2: Choose a proper attack for your iPhone backup cracking. 3 types are provided by this program: Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack, Dictionary Attack. Choose a proper one for yourself.

Step 3: Click “Start” after all preparation is done. The password unlocking process will take a few seconds to a few minutes depending on your computer condition and password complexity. Just wait it to display patiently.

If you want to  use the iPhone Backup Unlocker to remove the password from your backup, please enter the password you just find for your encrypted backup file, then click “Decrypt” to remove the password from your iPhone backup. Your unlocked backup file will be stored under: \My Documents\iTunesRecovery.

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How to Extract iPhone Backup Files on Windows iTunes

“I have backed up my iPhone file, but I don’t how to extract iPhone backup file on Windows iTunes, Can you tell me a solution to solve it?”

— From Apple Support Community

We can see, this user want to extract iPhone backup files from iTunes on Windows PC. iTunes backup files are saved on your computer disk with .sqlite_db files. You can’t access it as normal files like word, excel, txt, jpg, etc. If you happen to have this problem, please read on.

To Extract iPhone Backup Files

Benefits Got from This Backup File Extracting: You can read and use the extracted files directly is one; you can save the data permanently without worrying data loss is the other.

You can save the inaccessible files to computer disk as excel, txt or media files so that you can read, check them directly. In addition, you won’t lose the data even you deleted or lost them on iPhone, you have a permanent backup on computer.

What You Need

A professional iTunes Data Extractor: Free download iTunes Data Recovery here.

A Windows PC: Use to download and install the iTunes files extractor

An iPhone Backup: It can be one originally synced to this computer or one transferred from another computer. Learn how to transfer backup files from one computer to another.

Before You Begin

Under the discussion on Apple Support community, another user asked another question:

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iPhone Recovery Mode

I have an iPhone 5s which decided to stop working and I only got an iTunes icon with a plug in on my screen.  I restored to original, tried to backup from iTunes, said I needed password, never recall checking box to encrypt.  I tried backup from earlier 4s phone which I still have.  That worked but I need my recent backup, bad. I am afraid that is not going to be possible.  I called Apple again and was told to sit and enter passwords all day, essentially.  I have only a few passwords I have ever used and they do not work.  Do I give up?  Thank you for any advice.


In Ann’s case, firstly, her iPhone got an iTune icon with a plug in on screen, this is indeed that her iPhone stuck on recovery mode. The free tool ReiBoot is the recommended software to fix your iPhone when stuck on recovery mode screen. With ReiBoot, there is no need to restore iPhone to original.

Secondly, after the restore, iPhone becomes an empty one then she needs to restore iPhone from backup, what the disaster is iTunes asks for a password to restore from encrypted backup. But the problem is she never recall setting up the password, how can she know what the password is. Now she can do nothing but to seek for help from iPhone Backup Unlocker.

If you also have the same problem, hope this helps.

Start to Extract the Backup via iTunes Backup Extractor

Now you can extract your backup without any restriction. Simple but efficient steps are needed to use this iTunes data recovery.

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Download, install >Scan >Preview >Recover (Extract)

Have a try and you can get how great it is.