[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.

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.

 

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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.

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.