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How to unencrypt an iPhone backup in iTunes

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu

If you need to retrieve certain files from your backup and have just downloaded iPhone Backup Extractor, you might notice that it asks for a password before reading any of your encrypted backups. This means you chose the "Encrypt iPhone backup" checkbox in the iTunes options when you last syncronised or backed-up your iOS device.

If the files you require are in your backup, you'll need to decrypt the backup in iTunes to access them. This can be achieved by following the instructions below.

Syncronise your iPhone, iPad or iPod with encryption turned off

  1. Select your iOS in iTunes.
  2. Choose the "Summary" screen (tab) and scroll to the bottom of the screen.
  3. Then deselect "Encrypt iPhone backup" (the same for iPad or iPod).
  4. iTunes will then prompt you to "Enter the password to unlock your iPhone backup", enter the password you set originally
  5. Now synchronise your device to create an unencrypted backup.

Unencrypt an iTunes backup
Unencrypt an iTunes backup

You can reverse the process to encrypt your backup after extracting the files to protect your backup again.

Need to recover your encrypted backup password?

We publish a support article on recovering iTunes backup passwords which may be useful for you. Also, if you contact our recovery team we may be able to help, and will respond as rapidly as possible.

Alexandra Malureanu

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Comments (3)

That's all very well if one REMEMBERS their encrypted password. You will find that the people with this problem DIDN'T REALISE THEY ENCRYPTED THEIR PASSWORD AND NOW THEY CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS. They want to un-or-de encrypt so that they can access their backup.

What now? What do you do when you CAN'T REMEMBER your encrypted password? A different ballgame, don't you think? Blind Freddy can follow instructions how to de encrypt a password they do remember.....

Hi Lee: if you've forgotten your backup password, drop our support team a note. We can usually help people recover them. It's just a little more complicated.

What's My password password

We don't know! But if you contact us via live chat, we might be able to help you find out...

J'apprécie énormément votre produit qui semble faire l'unanimité sur le marché. Toutefois, quelle déception quand j'ai vu que nous ne pouviez pas traiter les sauvegardes cryptées. J'espère que vous pourrez résoudre ce problème à court terme. Je souhaite vous encourager dans ce sens. Par contre, j'estime que ce n'est pas une bonne idée de casser le mot de passe qui a toute son utilité.

Decrypting an encrypted iTunes backup is very complicated. Over the last year we have received many user queries regarding encryption, so many that we have developed our iPhone Backup Extractor application with encrypted backup support. The iPhone Backup Extractor Pro now gives full access to encrypted iTunes backups, but for security reasons you must know the iTunes backup password and the application must validate it's correct. Hope you enjoy the new version!

Décrypter une sauvegarde iTunes cryptée est très compliqué. Au cours de la dernière année, nous avons reçu de nombreuses demandes des utilisateurs concernant le cryptage, tellement que nous avons développé notre iPhone Backup Extractor application avec le support de sauvegarde chiffrée. L'iPhone Backup Extractor Pro offre maintenant un accès complet aux sauvegardes iTunes chiffrée, mais pour des raisons de sécurité, vous devez connaître le mot de passe de sauvegarde d'iTunes et l'application doit valider qu'il est correct. J'espère que vous apprécierez la nouvelle version!

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