[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.
show iphone backup password in keychain app

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.
password is found by the program
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.

Decrypt iTunes backup password for your iOS 8.3 device

There are so many smart user will encrypt their iTunes backup for security. However, it will be a big trouble that you forget or remember a wrong iTunes backup password when you need to restore data in iOS update, jailbreak, or other circumstances. I think you ever faced to this kind of trouble and know less about how to decrypt forgotten iTunes backup password. When I upgraed my iPhone 6 to iOS 8.3, I have got into this hot water,so I know something helpful for iTunes password decryption.

Helpful Tech 1: Try all possibility that you remember

When I found that I had forgot my password after iOS 8.3 update, I tried to do some guesses. Our passwords for decryption are related to something in daily life. In the process of trying, I think something possible combinations will recall you.

1.Try your Apple ID (inclduing iTunes store) password

2.Try your iOS device lockscreen number

3.Try your computer account password

4.Try all info about you and your love(birthday, graduation day, memorial Day,etc)


itunes backup password recovery for ios 8.3

Helpful Tech 2:Use iTunes backup password unlocker tool

However,sometime we need to face to unlucky thing—we exactly forgot the password. But, we don’t need to be dissappointed. A type of unlocking program can help us unlock iTunes backup password after iOS 8.3

iPhone Backup Unlocker is dedicated to recovering lost iTunes backup password for iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and enabling forensic access to address books, call logs, SMS archives, voice mail and email account settings, applications, and so on in these backups. Moreover, it ensures you no data loss or damage to your backup data.

It is more convenient to recover iTunes backup password with tool. And I can remember some words in password, so I set them in this program, decrytion will be faster.

Steps for iTunes password recovery with tool

Part 1. Recover iTunes Backup Password

Step 1.Select/Import iTunes Backup Key Container File to Decrypt

Step 2. Choose an Attack Type and Set the Attack Type Accordingly

Step 3. Decrypt iTunes Backup Password

Part 2. Remove iTunes Backup Password

Step 1. Select Encrypted iPhone backup file.

Step 2. Start to Remove iPhone backup password.

How to get back lost backup password for iPhone 6/6 Plus

“Jesus!!!” I forgot my iPhone 6 iTunes backup password. I just update my phone to iOS 8.2 and I want to restore my iPhone 6 data from iTunes! Help me, tell me how to get back my lost iPhone 6 backup password.”—come from real user

iPhone backup password lost is a big problem

Most people set a password for their iPhone backup file for privacy safety. However, password forgetting always happen to us. The worest is, there is no way to get back forgotten iPhone backup password officially. So, you need to find a way to help you decrypt your locked iPhone backup file.

Of course, this kind of decryption just use by youself who is the owner of backup file. Before decrytion, I think you can try any possible combination for password, such as Apple ID accouunt and password, birthday, or your other related number.


iphone 6 backup password recovery


How to recover iPhone 6/6 Plus backup password with tool

Finally, you may be tired to guess your password. And you think it it better that there is a tool can help you decrytp iPhone 6 backup password.

Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker is a good helper to allow you unlock forgotten iPhone password easily and fastly.

Firstly, you need to import iTunes backup file that contain key to decrypt, after install iPhone Backup unlocker, and you launch this program, it will auto dectect your iTune backup files. If you can’t see the file in the list, you can import it manually.

And then,choose an attack type and set the sttack type accordingly. Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker provides 3 kinds of attack types including Brute-force Attack,Brute-force with Mask Attack, Dictionary Attack to help you recover lost password for iPhone 6/6 Plus backup password.

Finally, just click “Start” botton to begin recovery.

Besides. iPhone Backup Unlocker can help you remove password from iPhone backup files. The steps are also easy, after importing backup file, you can click “Decrypt” to remove passoword.

Top FAQs of Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker and iTunes Backup

First of all, let’s have a look at a true story of an iPhone 4 user:

“Actually, I don’t recall ever setting one. Now however, I have a new phone and cannot restore it from the backup, as there it prompts me for a password I don’t have! I tried all the ones I’ve used for my iPhone and pretty much every other one of which I can think, all to no avail. I need the data in the backup.  But I can’t get to it.  Does anyone have any suggestions? The iPhone is an iPhone 4.”

Now you must know what iPhone Backup Unlocker is used for. It is specially designed to solve problems like in this case, to unlock forgotten/lost password on iTunes backup for iPhone, iPad, iPod.

Where Can I Download an iPhone Backup Unlocker for Mac?

Recently, Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker only offers Windows Version, the developing team is striving to design such one for Mac users. Now if you use a Mac and iTunes backup file is encrypted, the workaround is to transfer the encrypted backup from Mac to PC then run the iPhone Backup Unlocker for Windows. However, before this, you can try to find the password from keychain. Read this article to learn more: How to Unlock iPhone Backup on Mac for Free.

Where is the Backup Stored on My Computer?

More than often, there are users asking about how to find backup files on Mac/PC after synced iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes. The below picture will give you a brief and clear answer. The backup file location differs with different computer OS.

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iTunes backup location on different computer OS

How to Show Hidden Files and Folder on Windows 8/7/Vista, Mac?

Some of you would find nothing from the given iTunes backup location path, don’t worry, your files are just saved as hidden format, you can configure the settings to make it visible. The operation also differs according to different OS (Seen as below pics)

On Windows XP/7/Vista

> Double-click on the My Computer icon (The short cut key is Windows tab+E)

show hidden files on xp

> Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options

>After the new window appears select the View tab

show hidden files on win 7 (2)

> Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.

> Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.

On Windows 8

> Start Screen, select the Windows Explorer app

windows explore

> Single-click on the View tab, you will get the following window as below

show hidden files on win 8

> Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled File name extensions and Hidden items

On Mac

> Using the basic TextEdit that ships with Apple OS X. For example, hit the keyboard combo Command+O and navigated to the Dropbox folder to get the Open Dialog box

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> The Command+Shift+Period exposes the hidden files and folders, now you can see in the red circles.

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What if Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker Can’t Help? Can’t Find Password, Scan for Several Days

While I am happy in hearing some users said iPhone backup unlocker helped to recover password, I heard some users reported that iPhone backup unlocker can’t find password and it is running for several days but nothing. Here I am sorry for the inconvenience, and hope the following advice could help you find password more easily.

1. Better to choose the second or third attack strategy since the first attack Brute-force Attack would take too much time. Brute-force with Mask attack and dictionary attack give a clue to the password so that it would make it easier for this program to crack password.

2. Your failure to find password may be related to your password complexity and length, the ones containing both digit numbers and letters are more difficulty to unlock. However, we are striving to improve this program and hope it becomes more and more powerful.

3. This is an extra tip: Every time when you setting up a password, take it down to a notebook.

For further, hope this article can help you to get your password on iTunes backup: How to Find iPhone Backup Password to Restore.

Ways You Need to Unlock Forgotten iPhone Backup Password on Mac

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iPhone backup password forgot

Sometimes, you may need to update your iPhone or other iDevice,so you try to restore from a backup so that you do not have to recover your data.

However, when you launch iTunes, and want to access the backup in iTunes, iTunes keeps asking for a password, one that you do not remember setting because you never checked the option for an encrypted backup for your iPhone .


What Can You Do to Find the iTunes Backup Password on Mac?

Now what can you do? Firstly, there are several passwords you can try to change the password, given that you can remember your iTunes Store password, etc.

1) Try your iTunes Store password first. This is most commonly the password to restore your backup.

2) Try your 4 digit unlock code for your device. If you have a more complex unlock code involving characters and such, try that too.

3) Try 0000 or 1234 as the password, sometimes the default password is in fact, 0000, 1234.

4) Try using the Keychain method.

First, open Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.app.

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

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

Fourth, 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!

Note:  If you are using Windows, the only thing left to try will be to change your iTunes password on your actual account to access the iTunes Store. Then on the backup password dialogue, try the old password and the newly set password.

OR you can try your Windows Administrator password. This is a common solution. Also, even more common is to try the Windows administrator password that you used when you first set up your computer or when you first set up your iPhone.


What If the Above Methods Won’t Work?

If you have managed to attempt all the steps and nothing has worked, it seems like you will have to resort to another more powerful tool – iPhone Backup Unlocker to recover the forgotten iPhone backup password.

To begin with, this iPhone backup unlocker is designed for windows users originally, but you can also use it if we make some workaround. That is, you can transfer the encrypted backup from your Mac to windows then use the unlocker tool.

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Tenorshare iPhone backup unlocker


How to Use this iPhone Backup Unlocker?

Just as described above, if you are a Mac user, you need to transfer the backup to a windows PC then follow the below steps:

Only three steps are needed to unlock iTunes backup password:

1. Import encrypted iTunes backup file

2. Choose a proper attack type

3. Start to unlock your iPhone backup password then get the password in the pop up window

To get a more plain understanding of this operation, refer to this YouTube tutorial: forgot iPhone backup password.