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How to Remove Encryption from iTunes Backups if Lost its Password

If your iPhone or iPad Backups are encrypted with a password, it requires to enter the backup password each time you want to restore backup via iTunes. You can remove the password to save yourself some inconvenience. Unfortunately, if you forgot or lost your iPhone encrypted backup password occasionally, there's no easy way to remove encryption from iTunes backup. Thankfully, you still have two options to get things done:

How to remove encryption from iTunes Backups with its password

If you forgot iTunes backup password, you have to recover backup password, so that you can unlock your iPhone backup and then get rid of the encryption. iSumsoft iTunes Password Refixer is a specialized and safe password recovery software can help you recover your encrypted backup password.

Step 1: Download and install iTunes Password Recovery software.

Download and install iTunes Password Refixer onto your Windows PC. If you are using a Mac, see 2 ways to recover forgotten password on Mac to learn more.

Step 2: Add iTunes backup file into this program.

1. Click Open button to choose your iTunes backup and add it to this recovery tool. If it isn't able to automatically find iTunes backup file on PC, click Add file button to add it manually.

Import iTunes backup file

2. You can add your backup files in Windows PC, just go to path shown as follows.

C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Open iTunes backup files

Step 3: Select one password attack type from list and configure it in details.

If you still remember part of your password, Mask or Dictionary attack might be your good choice. For example, if you still can remember that your password consists of four digits and starts with "1", then you can select Mask as the attack type, check All digits (0-9) option and set the Mask option as "1???" ("?" stands for the part you forgot). If you have forgotten your password completely, just use the default Brute-force attack.

select Brute-force attack

Step 4: Recover lost iTunes backup password.

Click Start button. Then it immediately starts to decrypt lost iPhone backup password and find it for you.

Start to recover iTunes backup password

Step 5: Find iTunes backups password.

Just wait a few minutes, and you will view the forgotten backup password showing in the new window.

Find iTunes backups password

Step 6: Use the recovered password to remove encryption from iTunes Backup.

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and start iTunes. Wait until the little iPhone icon appears in the toolbar of iTunes. Click the iPhone icon and it will take you to the Summary page.

2. Under the Backups section, click the Encrypt iPhone backup checkbox to uncheck it. When prompted, enter the encryption password that have found and click OK. Then encryption will be remove from iTunes Backup.

Remove encryption from iPhone backups

Remove Encryption from iTunes Backups by Resetting iPhone/iPad

With iOS 11 or later, Apple introduced a very simple way to remove encryption from iTunes backup. That is to reset iPhone/iPad settings. In this way, it'll remove iPhone backup password protection. Before doing this, you had better back up your iPhone with iCloud.

Step 1: On your iPhone/iPad, go to Setting > General > Reset.

Step 2: Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode.

Reset iPhone/iPad

Step 3: Then tap Reset All Settings. This will reset your device settings, but no data or media loss. This also removes your encrypted backup password.

Delete iTunes Backup files

Step 4: Connect your iPhone to iTunes again and create a new backup without encryption.

Do iTunes Backup again