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

enter the password to unlock your iphone backup

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.

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