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Forgot iTunes Backup Password? Here Are Real Solutions.

James Davis

Jun 03, 2024 • Filed to: Remove Screen Lock • Proven solutions

So you just lost your back-up password protection on iTunes. This happens right? It's one of those passwords you're always forgetting, or you never seem to know what password iTunes is requesting in order to access all of your files.

If that happens, there's only one explanation: your password protection on iTunes cannot be retrieved and iTunes cannot be unlocked. But there's a perfectly logical explanation for that: this encryption method hides information that you wouldn't want to give to anyone. Also, an encrypted iTunes back up includes information such as your Wi-Fi settings, website history and health data.

So what method would you use to retrieve of all the information currently locked on iTunes and to which you do not have access anymore?

Part 1. 4 Effective Methods to Recover a Forgotten iTunes Backup Password

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, securing our data often involves the use of passwords. However, the challenge arises when we forget these crucial passwords. Here, we present four effective methods to recover a forgotten iTunes backup password, ensuring that your valuable data remains accessible.

Solution 1. Try to Use Any Password You Know

For example, you might want to try with your iTunes store password. If that doesn't work, consider an Apple ID password or your Windows administrator password. In case you had no luck so far, try all kinds of variations of your family's name or birthdays. As a last resource, try some standard passwords you usually use for your email accounts, websites to which you are registered. Using the same passwords chosen for different purposes and websites almost always helps!

However, if you're almost giving up, and you think there's nothing else to be done, think again! The solution to your problem is closer than you think.

If you didn't have any success with this first method, why don't you look for a third party tool allowing you to retrieve your password instead? This operation is highly recommended, and you will often read their names on different forums, probably mentioned by those who had your same issue. So let's consider Jihosoft iTunes Back up Unlocker and iTunes Password decryptor.

Solution 2. Remove iTunes Backup Encryption with Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS)

Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS) is a cutting-edge software designed to effortlessly remove iTunes backup encryption, providing users with unhindered access to their valuable data. Tailored for iOS devices, this tool boasts a user-friendly interface and robust security features.

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  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud Account efficiently.
  • Save your iPhone quickly from the disabled state.
  • Free your sim out of any carrier worldwide.
  • Bypass iCloud activation lock and enjoy all iCloud services
  • Works for all models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Available on: Windows Mac

4,624,541 people have downloaded it

How does it work?

Now, let's explore the step-by-step process of removing iTunes backup encryption using Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS).

Step 1: Download and Install Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS).

Step 2: After installation, launch Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS) and connect your iOS device to the computer using a USB cable. The software will detect your device automatically.

Step 3: In the Dr.Fone Toolbox menu, select the "Screen Unlock" option. This will lead you to the screen unlock interface.

Step 4: Navigate to the iTunes Backup section and choose the "Remove iTunes Backup Encryption" option.

select remove itunes backup encryption

Step 5: Click on the Remove Now" button. Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS) will initiate the process of removing iTunes backup encryption. This may take some time, so be patient.

click remove now

Step 6: Once the process is complete, you will receive a notification indicating the successful removal of iTunes backup encryption. You can now access your iTunes backup without any encryption barriers.

click remove now

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Solution 3. Recover iTunes Backup Password with Jihosoft iTunes Backup Unlocker

This program is the easiest one to use between the two and offers three different decryption methods. Easy to install, it comes to your rescue without damaging any of your backup data with the help of your iPhone in the following cases:

  • iTunes keeps asking for iPhone backup password, but I never set.
  • iTunes prompts that the password I entered to unlock my iPhone backup is incorrect.
  • You totally forgot your iTunes backup password so that you can’t restore iPhone to backup.

How does it work?

    1. Firstly, you need to install the program on your computer. Go to the Jihosoft website for the download.
    2. Select the password protected iPhone backup file and click “Next” to continue.
    3. Now it's the time to choose which of the three decryption methods you wish to use in order to retrieve your password. You can choose between 'Brute force attack', 'Brute-force with mask attack' and 'Dictiory attack'. Hint: if you remember even part of your password, Brute-force with mask attack is strongly recommended!

iTunes Backup Password - three decryption method

  1. When all settings are done, click on “Next” and then “Start” to let the program recover iPhone backup password.

Solution 4. Recover iTunes Backup Password with iTunes Password Decryptor

This is a free tool allowing you to recover your password quickly, but it works in a slightly different way. The recovery is actually made through any of the popular web browsers in use.

How does it work?

Think for example that almost all browsers have a password manager functionality to store the login passwords (something which also happens on Apple iTunes!). This functionality makes it possible for you to enter any website to which you are registered with username and password without inserting your credentials every time you want to log in. Each one of these browsers uses a different storage format and encryption mechanism to provide protection for the passwords.

iTunes Password Decryptor automatically crawls through each of these browsers and instantly recovers all the stored Apple iTunes passwords. It supports the following browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera
  • Apple Safari
  • Flock Safari

The software comes with a simple installer to be able to install it on your system whenever it is needed. In order to use it:

Step 1: Once installed, launch the software on your system.

Step 2: Then click on 'Start Recovery' all stored Apple iTunes account passwords from various applications will be recovered and displayed as below:

iTunes Backup Password - Start Recovery

Step 3: Now you can save all recovered password list to HTML/XML/Text/CSV file by clicking on 'Export' button and then select the type of file from the drop-down box of 'Save File Dialog'.

iTunes  Backup Password - recovered password list

However, if you do not wish to use any of these methods, there's a third solution to your problem.

Part 2. Bonus Tips: Backup and Restore files from your iOS devices (iPod, iPad, iPhone) without iTunes

This solution still includes the use of a software to transfer your files, but it will help you back up your data without iTunes restrictions. In order to do so, we recommend the download of Dr.Fone Basic Phone Backup feature. This tool allows sharing and back-up all of your files from any iOS device to PC, including album artwork, playlists, and music information without the use of iTunes. You can also restore your back-up files from PC to any iOS device easily and perfectly.

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  • One-click to back up the whole iOS device to your computer.
  • Preview and selectively restore files to any device with simplicity.
  • Export what you want from the backup to your computer.
  • Your device's data remains intact during the restore process.
  • Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the latest iOS version.
Available on: Windows Mac
4,716,465 people have downloaded it

How does it work?

Step 1: Download the software on your computer first. Connect your device through a USB cable.

Step 2: In the initial screen that shows, just click "Backup Device".

itunes backup password - Dr.Fone

Step 3: Then you can see all the file types on your iDevice are detected. Just click on "Back Up Now".

select file types to backup

Step 4: Now you have backed up your files, click “View Backups” to see what you have backed up.

view backup history

Step 5: Now let's go back to the first screen to have a tour of restoration. You can see all the backup records, from which you can select one to restore to your iPhone. Click "Restore to Device" after the selection.

restore backup by bypassing iTunes backup password

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In conclusion, forgetting an iTunes backup password doesn't have to be a roadblock to accessing your data. Explore these four effective solutions, from trying known passwords to utilizing specialized software like Dr.Fone, Jihosoft iTunes Backup Unlocker, or iTunes Password Decryptor. Choose the method that aligns with your preferences and technical comfort to regain control of your iTunes backup and keep your data secure.

James Davis

James Davis

staff Editor

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