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iTunes Backup Encryption Password

by Kurashiki / January 3, 2013 8:30 AM PST

Hi,

I am unable to remember the password I entered to back up my iTunes. I understand that I am probably SOL and that all of the back ups I have saved to date are most likely gone forever unless I can remember that password.

I currently back up my iPhone 4 no problem, but I would like to uncheck the "encrypt back up files" box so that any new back ups are not encrypted. Each time I try to do this, I am asked to enter my old password and since I am unable to do so, the check box remains checked. So it appears that I am stuck in encrypt mode.

Is there any way around this that does not involve reinstalling iTunes and wiping my iPhone clean.

Thanks in advance.

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All's well that ends well
by Kurashiki / January 6, 2013 2:19 PM PST

I remembered the password so this problem has been resolved. Grin

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iTunes backup password unlock
by Bammera / January 8, 2013 9:38 AM PST

Then 1234 may be the password that you just entered the very first time you're asked. Have you tried the passwords that you have used before or now you use? One of them may be the password you used for your iPhone encrypted backup.
The same has happened to me. As I remember, I solved using a tool called "Tenorshare iPhone Backup Password Unlocker". With its "Dictionary Attack" mode, I got back my forgotten encrypted iPhone backup password within minutes!

Or the Makeuseof Q&A of how to unlock iPhone backup password for iTunes will help you:

http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/how-to-unlock-iphone-4-backup-password-for-itunes/

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Bad rating for Tenorshare.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2013 9:44 AM PST
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Caveat Emptor
by Kurashiki / January 8, 2013 12:45 PM PST

Didn't try Tenorshare, but I did try a few others. As I replied above, the trial-versions only searched so far before telling me that I needed to buy the "full version". Understandable since they are in the business to make money. Besides, the PW I forgot was quite long (15+ characters) that used lots of symbols so I didn't think too much of this.

That is until just as a lark I changed my PW to "go" and then tried to use the same trial versions again. All of them after a few seconds got the PW but only showed me the "g". They said that I needed to purchase the "full version" to find out the last letter. Again, I understand that they are in the business to make money, but that seemed a little lame.

So I decided to save my money and invest in a pen and some paper instead. Grin

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Turns out Bammera was not who they claim.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2013 2:14 AM PST
In reply to: Caveat Emptor

An IP check found them to be posting as a SHILL. If you don't know how this works a person posts "helpful" replies to lead folk to what they are selling.

Just so you know.
Bob

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Thanks
by Kurashiki / January 9, 2013 8:30 AM PST

Yeah, I figured as much.

I almost always look before leaping when dealing with advice from anonymous or (semi-anonymous) Internet forums.

Thanks again.

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Thanks
by Kurashiki / January 8, 2013 12:30 PM PST

Thanks for the reply.

Password wasn't '1234'. A 'Dictionary Attack' wouldn't have worked for me since it wasn't actually a word. So, I just did my own brute search, made a list of all the passwords I could remember using, checked it twice and eventually got lucky.

I tried some free online trial versions of software similar to what you suggested. They weren't very helpful. They would only search so far before saying that I needed to purchase the "full version" to complete the search. Since I remembered my password, I didn't needed to do that. But, even if I hadn't remember it, I wouldn't have done bought them anyways. Much less costly in my case just to re-load iTunes, wipe the phone, and start from scratch.

Thanks again anyways.

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