[Fixed] iTunes Asks for a Backup Password That You Never Set

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Didn’t set iPhone backup password but iTunes keeps asking for a password to unlock your backup file? Wondering what password is need to restore from backup and how many digits is iPhone backup password?

The truth is that iTunes doesn’t encrypt your backups by default. If you want to encrypt a backup, you need to turn on the Encrypt backup option in iTunes. And iTunes will encrypt backups automatically from then on. Please note: If you lose or forget iTunes backup password, you cannot retrieve your data from the encrypted backup or turn off Encrypt Backup option.

Solution 1: Try Every Password You Know to Unlock The Encrypted Backup

It is very frustrating that if you don’t have the password, you can’t use the backup file. There are several passwords you can give it a try.
1. Try your iTunes Store password.
2. Try iPhone/iPad 4 digit or 6 digit passcode.
3. Try default password 0000, 1234 or 123456.
4. Try an old iTunes password.

Solution 2: Show iPhone Backup Password via Keychain on Mac

Keychain is an app built inside Mac OS X, which manages all sorts of passwords on Mac computers, including iTunes backups, websites, apps, email, etc. So if you are using a Mac, you can use Keychain method.

Following are the steps to retrieve iTunes backup password:

Step 1. Opened Applications>Utilities>Keychain Access.app.
Step 2. In the search dialog, searched for “iPhone Backup”.
Step 3. Double clicked on the most recent entry for “iPhone Backup”.
Step 4. At the bottom of the dialogue box, click “Show password” and type in the administrative password for the computer.

The password is then revealed.
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Solution 3: Recover The Password with iPhone Backup Unlocker on Windows Computer

If you are using Windows, you can try your Windows Administrator password first. If that doesn’t help, you can use a professional iTunes backup password recovery tool – iPhone Backup Unlocker to recover iPhone or iPad backup password easily. Download and install this powerful program and see how it works.

Step 1. Launch the program on PC and import a backup file you want to unlock.
Step 2. Select a suitable attack type to recover the password.
choose an attack type to search for the password
Step 3. When the program find the password, it will display the password in a pop-up window.
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Tip: If your computer has NVIDIA Graphics, you can check GPU option to accelerate the searching progress.

This blog has shown you everything you want to know about how to find the password when iTunes asks you to your backup password. Hope it is helpful for you. If you are still having trouble with iPhone backup password, please just feel free to your comment below.

Password to Open iPhone backup is not Working, How to fix it

“I’ve updated the latest iOS 9.3 on my iPhone and once it stumbled on retrieving the backup it required a password, I’ve tried numerous passwords but it is not working. I am getting worried now when I will suffer a great deal of precious photos and videos of my families!!! Help, please.”

Want to fix iTunes backup not working, but don’t know password to unlock iPhone backup file? Take iPhone Backup Unlocker from Tenorshare to recover iTunes backup file password you never set or do not know. The following passage would guide you to fix password to iPhone backup files not working step by step.


Step 1: Preparation.

Go to the download page and follow installation wizard to install the iPhone Backup Unlocker on your computer, then launch it.

Step 2: Add iPhone Backup file

Click “Add” and then select the iPhone Backup file you need to recover.

Step3: Choose an Attack Type

I. Brute-force Attack
II. Brute-force with Mask Attack
III. Dictionary Attack

There are three attack types you can choose according to how much you can remember about the iTunes lost password. If you still don’t know how to choose a suitable Attack type and set the Attack type accordingly, you can follow the guide of How to Unlock iPhone Backup to help you.

Step 4. Decrypt iTunes Backup Password

Click “Start” in the interface to decrypt the iPhone backup password which is not working, it may take you a few minutes, but you can stop the process anytime.

When the last step is completed, the software will pop up a window with your password to open iPhone backup which was not working before. And you can restore this iPhone backup file on your iPhone now.

iPhone 4s Backup not Working on 5s without Backup Password

“I just changed my iPhone 4s to 5s because it is becoming slowly and slowly. Now I’m occurring a problem, as I connected my iPhone 5s with iTunes to back up my last iPhone settings etc. it asks me to enter a password and the backup password I entered was not working.”

iTunes to make sure the safety of your iPhone backup files, so a backup password is needed. Unfortunately, if you forget this password, then the iPhone backup cannot be unlocked. Such as the iPhone 4s backup not working on iPhone 5s above, the fundamental reason is the user forgot the iTunes backup password.


It is very common that you lose the iPhone backup password, because password is usually set at the first time when we backup iPhone, so it is easily to be forgotten after a long time or you are just confused with the password. If you don’t have a correct password you have set before, you can’t back up your data or setting from iPhone 4s to iPhone 5s.

How to recover iPhone backup password to transfer the old iPhone 4/4s/5 backup to iPhone 5s/6/6s/6s Plus? Here are two methods you can try to unlock your iPhone backup on iTunes.

Method 1: Try commonly used passwords

  1. Apple ID password?
  2. Windows Administrator password?
  3. iPhone Power-on password?
  4. Password on any other APP?

Method 2: Recover iPhone backup password with iPhone Backup Unlocker

If the method above can’t unlock your iPhone backup, you may need a third-party software such as iPhone Backup Unlocker from Tenorshare to help you.

Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker is an excellent tool to remove your lost or forgotten iPhone backup password safely, let your iPhone 4s backup working on iPhone 5s or directly restore the contacts, messages, photos and more data from iTunes to your original iPhone.

  • Step 1. Launch the iPhone Backup Unlocker on your computer, then press “open” and after several clicks you can import the directory of the Key Container File on the software.
  • Step 2. There are totally three types of attacks: Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack and Dictionary Attack. Choose an attack type and then set settings for this attack.
  • Step 3. Click “Start” to run the program and you can get the iPhone backup password within a few minutes.

Now you can get back your iPhone backup password and the iPhone 4s backup is working on iPhone 5s.

iPhone Can’t Restore after iOS 8 Update Because of Unknow Backup Password

iOS 8 Update Brings Aplenty of Rights and Wrongs to iUsers

Recently, as the iOS 8 becomes more and more popular, a large amount of iOS users have updated their iDevices to iOS 8. There are many rights and wrongs during/after the upgrade. Some are stuck on “Connect to iTunes” screen while iOS 8 update, some come across iTunes error before update is done, some are suffered data loss after iOS 8 update.

And here what I want to discuss about is a problem that might not be commonplace for every iPhone owner but definitely has happened to quite a few of us in the past after performing iOS 8 update – you lost all data in the update, fortunately you have an iTunes backup so that you are going to restore the backup onto iPhone. Now the real problem comes, iTunes asks for a password to access the backup, or else, the backup is unavailable. What a disappointment!

Some people said that they set up the password to encrypt personal highly sensitive data but some complained that they never set up such an encryption on the backup. Strange it is!

How to Get the Password to Unlock the Encrypted iTunes Backup?

No matter how the backup is encrypted, now the only way to access the backup is to get the right passcode. But how can you get it? This article will give you 4 methods. Try them one by one below.

Method #1: Try Possible Passcodes to Meet a Fortune

Since there is no limit for passcode wrong entering times, you can try as many times as you can to attempt to meet the right password. You are suggested to enter all the old used passwords. Below is a list of possible passwords

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What is the password for iTunes backup

Apple ID password
iTunes Store password
Windows administrator password
The “Passcode” you used to lock your iPhone
The passcode/lock code used on your iPhone when you first ever used the device
All sorts of variations of my children’s names and birthdays
Admin password on the computer that was in effect the first time the iPhone was backed-up
The original password when I set up your iTunes account
The ones suggested here “0000″, “1234″, etc.

Method #2: Sign Out of and In Again to iTunes Account

1. Disconnect your iPhone with computer by extracting your iPhone digital cable out of the USB port.
2. Sign out of your iTunes account.
3. Connect your iPhone again back to your computer.
4. Sign in again with your iTunes account.

Method #3: Enabling the Cookies in Safari

The safari settings are linked to the iTunes store brower, enabling the cookies again may fix everything and you can login no problem.  To enable cookies in safari, open up the preferences and go to the privacy tab then change the “block cookies” settings. After that, you may have a chance to go without restriction to restore iPhone/iPad/iPod from encrypted backup.

Method #4: The Last but Reliable Way – Use iPhone Backup Password Unlocker

If all the methods mentioned above do noting for you, you may need pay for the password recovery. The recommended tool is called iPhone Backup Unlocker, provided by Tenorshare Inc. It is the first and single tool especially designed to legally crack forgotten/lost password on iTunes backup for iPhoone, iPad and iPod.

Simple user interface and easy-to-go on-screen guide make it handy for every user. So you can have a try and this is a video tutorial on YouTube – How to Use Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker.

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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Decrypt iTunes backup files to restore

How Do I Recover My Forgotten iPhone Backup Encryption Password

Have you ever went to iTunes to restore iPhone from backup, only to discover the backup files have been encrypted and you cannot use it without the password? Or maybe you’ve never set the password yourself but iTunes still asking for the password to restore?

The problem with a forgotten password of iTunes backup is that you can no longer restore the backup to your iPhone. Here are a few tips to help you get the password unlocked without losing valuable information on iPhone. Free tricks and paid ways are introduced in the below.

Tip 1: Try Possible Passwords You Ever Used

Sometimes, you can meet the password among the old passwords. Such as:

Apple ID password

iTunes Store password

Windows administrator password

The “Passcode” you used to lock your iphone

The passcode/lock code used on your iPhone when you first ever used the device, all sorts of Variations of my children’s names and birthdays

Admin password on the computer that was in effect the first time the iPhone was backed-up

The ones suggested here “0000″, “1234″, etc.

Tip 2: Restart iTunes

  1. Disconect your USB cable from the computer to your iPhone
  1. Sign out of your iTunes account in your computer
  2. Connect your USB again back to your computer
  3. Sign in again with your iTunes password

Tip 3: Deleting Safari Settings

One thing that can cause this is deleting the apple.com cookie in Safari. The apple.com cookie contains the iTunes password. So if you reset Safari or delete all cookies, this could be the reason.

Tip 4: Try Paid iPhone Backup Unlocker to Unlock the Password

If all the above methods are not working for you, you can try paid professional iTunes backup unlocker. It is designed to recover lost or forgotten password on iTunes backup. Easy-to-use and user-friendly interface is its main features. Let’s go through the process to unlock forgotten iPhone Backup Password.

Required Tool: computer with the encrypted backup, iPhone Backup Unlocker (Note it is designed for Windows especially and if you are using a Mac, you need to copy the encrypted backup from Mac to a Windows PC).

Required Time: Generally several minutes

How to:

  1. Import iTunes backup file to this iPhone backup unlocker program
  2. Select a proper attack strategy
  3. Start the unlocking process

After several minutes, you can see the password displayed on the box like below.



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 Access.app.

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.

How to Decrypt a Lost Password on iPhone 5 Backup

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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.


iPhone Backup Password Recovery to Recover Lost iPhone Backup Password

Some user encrypt backup file to make their backup file secure. But what if you lost password of your iPhone backup file than you can’t recover files with the use of that backup file. To recover lost iPhone backup password, you can use iPhone backup password unlocker software. When done with this software, your right password for iPhone backup will be displayed in a so-called File Opening Password Box.

Before using this paid software to unlock your iPhone backup password, what can you do to have a fortune to get your password back? Maybe try all the possible passwords that used frequently or used on other event is a supposed solution. Some of possible passwords you may not realize are listed as below:

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iPhone backup password

Apple ID password
iTunes password
Windows administrator password
The “Passcode” you used to lock your iphone at that time, for the time you last backed up the iPhone
The passcode/lock code used on your iPhone when you first ever used the device
The ones suggested here “0000″, “1234″, etc.
That is, try all old passwords you have memory.


What if you have no fortune to meet the right password? Use third-party utility anyhow.

iPhone Backup Unlocker to Disable Your iPhone Backup Password

Though there is a little chance that you can try the right password by chance, it is not the most reliable method. Never mind. iPhone Backup Unlocker is designed especially for those who lost iPhone backup password. It has the magical function to recover your iPhone backup password.

Worry about that you have no professional knowledge of iPhone and computer? Absolutely needless! This is an easy-to-use tool, without any specialized skill, can you operate easily.

Operation of this iPhone Backup Password Unlocker

Only 3 steps are needed to operate this iPhone Backup Unlocker.

# Step 1: Import iTunes backup file. When you download, install the iTunes Backup Password Remover on your computer. Double click the icon to initiate it. Then in the main interface, when you select the iTunes backup file in the right directory, press “Open” button to complete the encrypted backup file importing.

# Step 2: Choose a right attack strategy accordingly. Three attack types are provided in the program. They are generally Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack, Dictionary Attack. If you can still remember something about the forgotten iPhone backup password, please choose a suitable attack type to minimize the search time and enhance password recovery speed. Detailed description of the three strategies is as follows:

.  If you choose ”Brute-force Attack”, the program will try all possible combinations by default, no need to define any setting. But this attack will take longer time.

. If you select “Brute-force with Mask Attack”, you need to click “Settings” to define the settings such as password length, character set and affix set according to the clues about the password.

. If you select Dictionary Attack, you also need to click “Settings” to move forward.

# Step 3: Start to crack the forgotten backup password and get the password in the File Opening Password Box (seen as below):

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iPhone backup password

In this step, you need to click the “Start” button to begin the password cracking. During the process, you are allowed to stop by pressing the “Stop” button, and then you can save the project to continue next time or to end the project.

If the cracking operation is continuous, within several minutes or seconds, the password is displayed in the Fie Opening Password Box.

Go to this video iPhone Backup Password Recovery to get plain using steps.