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How to Get Rid of Protection of Encrypted iTunes Backups (with/without Password)

Many of iPhone, iPad, iPod users have the habit of backing up their iOS data to iTunes. This habit helps people a lot to keep their useful data and files on their iOS devices.

However, when you are going to erase the data from iPhone, iPad and iPod, you may get the popup information, which reminds you "Encrypted backup files".

Do not worry, and in this article, we provide you ways of removing the encryption of iTunes backup, even if you forgot the password.

Remove the Protection of Encrypted iTunes Backups

Part 1. Delete encryption of iTunes backup with password

If you remember the password of encrypted iTunes backups, then it comes to be more easier.

Following the steps below, you will solve the problem:

1Run iTunes on your computer, and connect your iOS device to your computer at the first time.

2iTunes will detect your iOS device automatically, choose the icon on the interface of iTunes as below:

Select iOS device

3Find "Encrypt iPhone backup" under "Backups" on the same interface, disable it.


4Input the password in the following popup window:


5After inputting the right password of iTunes, the protection of encrypted iTunes backups will be removed.

Part 2. Remove iTunes encryption when you forgot password

If you are forgettable and lost the iTunes backup password, then you can do it by following the solutions below.

1. Try various old passwords

Your iPhone backup password was set when the "Encrypt iPhone backup" box was checked and turned on in iTunes.

You may want to try some of your older passwords if it's been some time since you checked that box.

2. Try an old Apple ID password or old lock screen passcode.

It was common to accidentally enter your lock screen passcode at the prompt, or to enter your password for your Apple ID. Old Apple ID passwords or old lock screen pass codes (the digits you would use to unlock your iPhone) may help.

3. Use Keychain on Mac

If you're a Mac user, and saved your iTunes backup password to Keychain, then you're so lucky because you can use Keychain to get back your password with ease. To do this, you can follow steps:

1On your Mac, open Application > Utilities > Keychain Access.

2Click on All Items. In the upper right search field enter "iPhone" and look for a keychain item named iPhone Backup.

3Double-click the iPhone Backup, a new window that will open, tick the Show password checkbox. Enter your keychain password and click Allow.

Bonus: Recover from iTunes backup without overwriting data

After removing the encryption of iTunes backup, you can easily wipe out your iPhone or iPad for selling or giving up.

Surely, you can also recover data from iTunes backup. For avoiding data loss on iPhone, you need the professional iTunes backup extractor, FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery to help you.

FoneLab - iPhone Data Recovery For Mac

Learn the detailed guide to restore iPhone from iTunes backup.


In this page, we are focusing on showing you how to remove the iTunes backup encryption, even if you forgot password.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave your comments below.

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July 06, 2018 11:55 / Updated by to iTunes Tips

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