How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Need to restore iPhone but iTunes backup password is forgotten? Without the password you’re unable to extract any data from the local encrypted backup in iTunes? iTunes backup password can be different from your iPhone’s passcode or your Apple ID password. This tutorial will show you how to reset or recover iTunes backup password with ease.

Method 1: Reset iTunes Backup Password

You can’t restore an encrypted iTunes backup without its password. Since IOS 11 you can create a new encrypted backup of your iPhone by resetting the password. Here’s how to reset iTunes backup password:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and click General.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Step 2. Next, click Reset.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Step 3. Tap Reset All Settings, then enter your iOS passcode and confirm to reset all settings. This won’t affect your user data or passwords, but it will reset settings like display brightness, Home screen layout, and wallpaper.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Step 4. Connect your iPhone to a computer via USB. Launch the iTunes application, you can back up your current data using iTunes and set a new backup password.

Method 2: Recover iTunes Backup Password

If the encrypted backup is really important and you can’t afford to lose it, you can use a password tool to crack the password. iTunesKey is one of the fastest programs that can help you recover iTunes backup password with GPU acceleration.

To start off, you need to know where iTunes stores the backup password. iTunes places the backup files in these locations:

Mac:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Windows:

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

In the “Backup” folder, look inside the subfolder and you can find a small file named “Manifest.plist” which contains your iTunes backup password.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

To decrypt the password with iTunesKey, follow these steps:

Step 1.
Download and install iTunesKey on your Windows computer. Launch the program and click the “…” button to select the Manifest.plist file for your iTunes backup.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Step 2. The program offers 3 different password recovery methods: brute-force attack, mask attack and dictionary attack.

Brute-force attack – Tries all possible combinations from specified range of characters.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Mask attack – This is very effective when you know a part of the password or have any specific details about it. For example, if your password is 4 characters in length, it begins with number ‘8’ and end with number ‘2’, then you can set the mask to “8??2”.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Dictionary attack – attempt to guess passwords by using well-known words or phrases. This method is popular because it is well known that many people use common words as passwords.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Step 3. After you set the password recovery method, click Next. The program will begin to crack your iTunes backup password using GPU or CPU. A high-end graphics card such as the Nvidia GTX 1080 can crack passwords up to 250 times faster compared to a CPU alone.

How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily How to Reset or Recover iTunes Backup Password Easily

Conclusion

What to do if you forgot iTunes backup password? The above methods are the most common ways to help you out. If you found this tutorial useful, just share it on Twitter and Facebook or let us know in the comments below!

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.
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