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Read encrypted iTunes backups on Mac OS with iPhone Backup Extractor

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu

Many people put a high value on securing their data and use the encrypted data option when creating their iTunes backups. But what happens when iTunes can no longer restore or access these backups -- and you need to extract your data?

Up to now, recovering data directly from an encrypted iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad backup created via iTunes on a Mac OS X computer has not been possible. As leaders in this field, our team at Reincubate have further developed iPhone Backup Extractor to support encrypted iTunes backup on Mac OS X.

This gives Mac users the best collective suite of backup tools to extract data from their iTunes backups. iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac recovers deleted or lost data from both unencrypted and encrypted iTunes backups. The latest version of the iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac supports all iOS backups, including the iOS 10 and iOS 11 beta iTunes backups.

Some things you can and can't do with your iTunes backup data when encryption is enabled

CAN CANNOT
Restore with iTunes Restore if you don't know your password
Read the encrypted backup with iPhone Backup Extractor Fully read your encrypted backup if it got corrupted -- but you can contact our expert support team at [email protected] for helpful tips and tricks
Save locally on your computer encrypted backup data such as photos, contacts, SMS, videos, notes, location data, WhatsApp messages and more Recover data when you lose your backup's password. However, check Apple's guide to troubleshooting encrypted backups
Access your everything in your encrypted iTunes iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad backup with an iPhone Backup Extractor license Access everything in your encrypted iTunes iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad backup with the iPhone Backup Extractor free edition (it's limited to four files from encrypted iTunes backups)

To read encrypted iTunes / iOS backups with the help of iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac you'll need to:

  1. Download and launch iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac.

    Install and launch iPhone Backup Extractor
    Install and launch iPhone Backup Extractor

  2. Load your encrypted iTunes / iOS backup. The app will automatically load the backups from your default backup folder, from the most recent to the oldest one. Otherwise, you can browse for backups from other locations using the “Add backups” button in the app and "Select another backup folder".

  3. Unlock your encrypted backup by typing your backup's password. iPhone Backup Extractor will only work if you remember your password. Otherwise, if the password is incorrect, it simply won't open your backup.

    Unlock your encrypted iTunes backup
    Unlock your encrypted iTunes backup

  4. Extract your encrypted backup's available data using the "File" and "Extract" menu, clicking the number under the "Available data" categories, or by using "Expert Mode".

    Extract your encrypted iTunes iOS backup
    Extract your encrypted iTunes iOS backup

Read more on how to recover encrypted iPhone, iPad or iPod backups on Windows.

For any issues in recovering data from your encrypted backup with iPhone Backup Extractor why not drop our expert customer service a note? We are friendly and experienced in iOS backup recovery.

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu on , last updated

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