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Decrypting encrypted iTunes backups

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu

Extracting data from an encrypted iTunes backup is easy with the help of our backup extractor for iPhone, iPad or iPod. All you have to know is the password you used for encryption.

How to read an iTunes encrypted iPhone backup

Most people -- rightly! -- like to keep their personal data very secure. However, moving personal data from one device to another can certainly multiply the risks involved in keeping data secure. An iPhone and the backups created in iTunes can hold an incredible amount of personal data. In order to keep data secure when creating an iTunes backup, you can setup a password encrypted backup using iTunes.

However, there will be certain cases -- such as an iOS upgrade failure, or a new iPhone / iPad -- that you might want to get hold of the encrypted iTunes data. iPhone Backup Extractor can resolve these issues without compromising a backup's security. As long as you know your iTunes backup password, you can access your backup data instantly. We believe that being able to see what is stored in the encrypted backup is helpful, and helps to clarify a backup's usefulness.

How to decrypt an encrypted iTunes backup

If you want to extract any data from an encrypted iTunes / iOS backup, you can easily do this through our software, iPhone Backup Extractor.

Follow these steps to decrypt your encrypted iTunes backup:

  1. Download iPhone Backup Extractor. Download iPhone Backup Extractor from our site, then install it. We have two versions for download: for Windows and for macOS and both are compatible with the latest versions of iOS.

  2. Load your encrypted iTunes backup. Start the iPhone Backup Extractor and wait until the backups from your computer are loaded into the program. The iPhone Backup Extractor automatically loads the backups located into the backup default folder from your computer.

    If the backup file is located in another folder, then browse through the folders and choose the backup file location. If you have multiple backups stored into your computer, you should choose the encrypted backup from where you need to extract the data.

  3. Preview your files. Once chosen, you'll be asked for the password. Once you entered the passcode, you'll be able to see the files available in the backup, in the right window, under "Overview" tab.

    Decrypt an encrypted iTunes backup iPhone Backup Extractor
    Decrypt an encrypted iTunes backup iPhone Backup Extractor

    If you want to extract all of your data, you'll need a license.

  4. Save your data. Choose the location where to save the data, click Open and in a few seconds the download will finish. Extract the "Available Data" in the backup by clicking on the blue number corresponding to each data section, or by using the "File" and "Extract" menu, or by accessing the files in "Expert Mode".

The encrypted backup process in iTunes

When creating a backup, iTunes stores the backup files with hex-encoded SHA1 hash filenames, and they're listed in the backup's "manifest".

Knowing what the files are inside the iTunes backup of your iOS device can be really helpful should your backup or manifest files get corrupted. You can still restore your corrupted backup files using iPhone Backup Extractor, which opens the encoded files and extracts available data.

If you want to protect your files by encrypting the backups in iTunes, you can enable data protection with a click on "Encrypt backup". iTunes will then give an option set a password for all backups created on the computer. You'll be asked about this password each time you want to restore so you might want to keep that password in mind or in a safe place.

What if you want to access data from your iOS device but iTunes has encrypted your backups? Well you can easily unencrypt your backup in iTunes, if the files are still on your device (by creating a new -- unprotected -- backup). Once finished switch the "Encrypt iPhone backup" option back and iTunes will re-encrypt that backup for you. That said, there should be no need to do this.

To make life easier, we've created a short video showing how to recover iPhone data from an encrypted backup. You'll see when we get to the extraction stage we pull out contacts, but it works just the same for iMessage, SMS, calendars, photos, videos, notes and app data.

Have you lost data because you couldn't restore your encrypted backup or maybe forgot the password? Do you need support to recover data from an encrypted iTunes backup? Our expert recovery team is ready to help you.

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu on , last updated

我们曾经帮助过 3,000,000 多人恢复其丢失的 iPhone 数据。 所以我们也能为您排忧解难。


Comments (1)

My daughter just upgraded from an iphone 4 to a new iphone 5. Her latest backup was encrypted and it won't update her new phone. It gives the message that the backup is either corrupt or incompatible with the new iphone. Is the encryption the problem? Can you get past that?

Hi Randy! Encryption means that the backup has a password set on it, as long as you know the password you can use that backup to restore to the device or open the backup file with our software.

Corruption means that the backup file itself is incomplete or damaged or, as the message states, incompatible with the device. If the backup file is corrupt and encrypted, even if you know the password to it you will not be able to restore.

The best thing we can do is try to recover data from this corrupt backup file (if possible and data still exists). Please try out the free version of our software and see if it works to open your backup, or reach out to our suppor team if you need more help. 👍

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