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

password unknown to restore iPhone from iTunes backup

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 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:

connect to iTunes

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.

Ann

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.

Tenorshare iTunes Data Recovery

iTunes data extractor

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

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

How to Recover an iPhone Backup, Encrypted or not

Question:

I have encrypted my iPhone backup before, but I lost the password of iTunes backup. So now I can’t restore iPhone from backup. I got prompt of “the password you entered to unlock iPhone backup was incorrect. Please try again”. How do I take the password off so I can restore iPhone?

Answer:

Now, we may need to know what is iTunes backup at first.

Once you sync an iDevice that’s been synced with another computer, iTunes would ask you whether you wish to erase and sync/backup. Press backup, and iTunes will enable you to backup the complete iDevice onto its system. You could have essentially synced an iDevice without erasing everything, and have absolutely also backed it up.

In the backup section, you also have an option to encrypt your backup. If you select it, a box will pop up ask you to enter a password. This password is used to encrypt your backup files. It is necessary when you want to restore your iPhone from the backup, so that this will also prevent your backup files being used illegally by others who don’t know your password.

iTunes will save your backup file on computer. According to different OS, it specifies different location of iTunes backup.

Since the password is necessary when restoring iPhone from backup, so how can we reset the password when iTunes prompts you that your password is incorrect? Except to try possible passwords you used before, there is another relatively reliable method to recover the password. You need an iPhone backup unlocker. It is designed to unlock password for iTunes backup.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup?

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iPhone backup restore

OK, now that we have learnt what is iTunes backup, and if you password is incorrect, we have found the password. Let’s learn how to restore your iPhone from the backup.

Abide by the following steps to restore iPhone from backup if you lost data and want to get the data back from the backup. Verify that you are using the latest version of iTunes before attempting to operate. Then continue.
Step 1. Connect your device with a computer.
Step 2. When it appears in iTunes under devices, select it.
Step 3. Select the Summary tab then find the “Restore from Backup” option.

The last but not the least tip: How to recover iPhone data if I have no backup?

It is not hard with iPhone data recovery software. It is able to recover lost data from iPhone without backup.

Hope this post helps you solve your problem of iPhone data loss.