How to Recover iTunes Backup Password The Easy Way

May 15, 2019 16:15. Posted by to Tutorials

iTunes has one of the most robust security protocols in place for encrypting backup files. In addition, an encrypted backup will also contain private information such as passwords. But what happens when you forget your iTunes backup password or iTunes asks for backup password you never set? Is there any way to regain access to the backup file so you can extract the data for restoring iPhone, iPad or iPod?

About iTunes Encrypted Backup

According to Apple, there's no way to access the data inside an encrypted iTunes backup file if you don't know the password. These are their exact words on their support website: "There is no way to recover your information or turn off Encrypt Backup if you lose or forget the password." Once restoring iPhone, iPad or iPod from en encrypted backup, the password must be entered correctly before the restore process finally get started. You have to enter the password to unlock iPhone backup before restore.


Enter Password to Unlock iPhone Backup


So what's the solution if you lost the password? Despite what Apple says, there are actually several ways to decrypt an iTunes backup file. The only problem is that these password cracking tools are too complex. Moreover, they typically require the user to have vast experience in password hashing and decryption technologies. The reason Apple doesn't share these methods is that most of these tools are used by hackers, and that's not something Apple wants to be associated with.


That being said, some of these tools are very useful when you've forgotten your password because they can help you regain access to your own information. One such tool is iTunes Backup Unlocker. As the name suggests, it can be used to unlock encrypted iTunes backup files and let you extract data from the backup file. Let's see how it works and how to use it.

How to Recover iTunes Backup Password Using Password Recovery Tool

iTunes Backup Unlocker is essentially a powerful password cracking software that uses two very strong attack methods to recover the original password for iTunes backup file. The first attach type is called Brute Force, and it works by attempting all combinations of letters, numbers and special characters to try and find the right password. The second type is similar, but it is called Brute Force with Mask. In this method, the user inputs whatever attributes they can remember about the password in order to speed up the process. This could be the length, any special characters, numbers or letters, and any prefixes and suffixes that may have been used in the password.


In addition to the basic attack types, the software also leverages hardware acceleration to make the password recovery process go even faster. That means using your GPU and your CPU cores to increase the rate at which possible password combinations are attempted.


By leveraging these two factors, iTunes Backup Unlocker can quickly crack even the most complex passwords and get you access to your precious data. The best part is that you don't need any prior experience with password hacking tools to use this software. It is highly intuitive, and in just a few minutes you can set it up to break the password and open the encrypted iTunes backup file in question.


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Windows Version
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Mac Version

Step 1: Download iTunes Backup Password Recovery Tool

Download iTunes Backup Unlocker and install in on a Windows or Mac computer. Launch the program. Inside, you'll see that your encrypted files have been automatically detected, and are displayed in the main software interface.


Add iPhone Backup File

Step 2:Load iTunes Backup File


Once the correct backup file is selected, click on Next to continue. You can now select the password recovery method (attack type) you wish to use. If you choose Brute Force with Mask, click on the Settings button to input the known password parameters or attributes. Click Next.


Select Unlocking Algo


Step 3: Password Recovery Settings


In order to reduce the password recovery time, you'd best make some settings in adavance, such as password length, character types, prefix, suffix, etc. The more you set, the faster the password will be cracked.


Password Unlocking Settings


The next move is to define the hardware acceleration parameters, such as which CPU cores to use and whether or not to use the GPU to speed up the recovery process. Once these are set, click on OK.


Unlock iPhone Backup Password

Step 4: Recovering iTunes Backup Password

Back on the main page, you will see that the recovery has begun. Wait for it to finish, after which the recovered password will be displayed on the screen. Copy it and use it to decrypt your iTunes file.


Backup Password Recovered


Once the file is open, you can use it to restore data to an iDevice like an iPhone or iPad. You can also extract specific data from the file, such as media, contacts, messages and so on. Be sure to keep the password saved somewhere if you don't want to deal with the same problem again with a different backup. In certain cases, iTunes will ask for a password even when you haven't set one. iTunes Backup Unlocker can help you if you ever come across that type of situation.


The software has a smooth flow from start to finish. It is installed the way any other software is installed on a PC or a Mac, and you can start using it straight away as long as the encrypted file resides in the same computer. The software has gone through extensive beta testing and has an impressive success rate of 85%, one of the highest in this segment.


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Windows Version
win version


Mac Version


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