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How to Reset iPhone Backup Password after Forgot it

For some reasons, you want to change or reset your iPhone backup password in some cases. Unluckily, if you forgot the iPhone backup password, how to reset it to access backup files again? Actually, there are two options for you, one is to recover your iPhone backup password, the other one is to reset iPhone settings.

How to reset iPhone backup password by resetting iPhone settings

With iOS 11 or later, Apple introduced a very simple way to reset the backup password. Here's how it works:

Step 1: Make sure iCloud Backup is enabled on your device. After the iCloud Backup completes.

Step 2: Go to Setting > General > Reset. Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode.

Reset iPhone settings

Step 3: Then tap Reset All Settings to confirm.

This won't affect your user data or passwords, but it will reset settings like display brightness, Home screen layout, and wallpaper. It also removes your encrypted backup password.

Reset all settings

Step 4: Connect your device to iTunes again and create a new encrypted backup. You won't be able to use previous encrypted backups, you will, however, can back up your current data using iTunes and setting a new backup password.

How to reset iPhone Backups forgotten password without data loss

If you forgot iPhone backup password, there's no way to change or reset iPhone backup password. Don't Upset! You still have the chance to do that, if you can find out the correct backup password. iSumsoft iTunes Password Refixer is an outstanding password recovery tool can help you recover iPhone backup password on Windows PC. If you are using a Mac, see how to recover iTunes Backup password on Mac.

Step 1: Download and install it on your computer.

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Step 2: Import iTunes backup file into this program.

1. Click Open button to import your iPhone backup to this program. If it isn't able to automatically find iPhone backup file on your PC, you need to click Add file button to add it by yourself.

Import iTunes backup file

2. Go to the following path to open Backup file, select Manifest.plist file, then click Open to add it.

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

Open iTunes backup files

Step 3: Select Appropriate Attack Type and Define Settings.

Select the most appropriate one to effectively retrieve iTunes backup file password. See how to perform a high efficiency password recovery to learn more.

1. Brute-force Attack

It will try all possible combinations in a specified Range. The Range can be specified from the tab below.

For example, if you know that your password consists of all small Latin letters and numeric digits, then you can select just those 2 and deselect the other characters. This will significantly improve the decryption time as the software only has to scan limited characters.

Length lets you set the minimum and maximum character length of your password.

If you know that your password ranges from somewhere between 4-6 characters, then you can set the length accordingly. If you don't set a range, then the software will first start searching for a password within 1-3 characters first. So, the length feature can again save you quite some time.

2. Mask Attack

If you remember something about the password, you can choose Mask attack.

The settings of this attack include password Length, Character Range and Affix. Set these items can help you find lost password more quickly. For example, if you still can remember that your password consists of three digits and ends with "7", then you can check "All digits (0-9)" option and set the Mask to "??7" ("?" stands for the part you forgot.)

select Brute-force attack

3. Dictionary Attack

If the iTunes backup password is one of your frequently used password and you are not sure which it is, choose Dictionary Attack. It attempts to determine a password by trying words from a predefined list, or dictionary.

You can set a text file with all possible passwords and import this text file to the program. Along with this text file, there will be a default dictionary, both of which are for the reference of the program.

Step 4: Recover iTunes backup password.

Click Start button, it will start to decrypt iPhone backup password and find it for you.

The recovery time depends on password length, complexity and attack settings. Generally, password under 3 digits can be found very quickly. The longer your password is, the more time it takes.

Start iPhone backup password recovery

Once it finds your iTunes backup password, it pops up a window with the forgotten backup password listing there.

Find iPhone backup password

Step 5: Change or reset iPhone Backup password.

Connect your device to iTunes, 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. Under the Backups section, click the Change password button. Enter old backup password you have found. Type in new password you want to set.

Reset iPhone backup password