Do iCloud backups finally restore app passwords?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by humanresources, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. humanresources macrumors regular

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    One thing I disliked about iCloud backups is that not everything is backed up and restore unlike an iTunes encrypted backup, but it seems like that's not the case anymore since certain apps still have me logged in? I'm confused, but I'm still gonna go app to app on each of my restored devices to make sure everything is check, but I would like some clarification. Thanks.
     
  2. Feenician macrumors 68040

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    No, and neither should they. One key should not access all locks.
     
  3. humanresources thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmmm, well all passwords and logins were all restored. im really surprised. must be because of two factor authentication. sooooo its one key and a trusted padlock to unlock all keys
     
  4. Feenician macrumors 68040

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    That's a change since the last time I did an iCloud restore then, and not one I favour.
     
  5. ddkkpp macrumors 6502

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    You can now encrypt iCloud backups. I think they implemented that recently. So that's why passwords stay.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    "Can"? Is that an option somewhere?
     
  7. humanresources thread starter macrumors regular

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    I didn't see an option anywhere. Must be opted in if you have two factor
     
  8. ddkkpp macrumors 6502

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    So, in iTunes, when you backed up your phone previously, the "encrypt iPhone backups" option was greyed out when you had iCloud selected for automatic backups.

    You could only encrypt your "this computer" backups.

    Now, the encrypt iPhone backup option stays selectable for both "this computer" and "iCloud". Maybe it only activates once you connect to iTunes? I found no mention of this on my phone. (iPhone 7, 10.0.2)
     
  9. Phil A. Moderator

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    iCloud backups have always been encrypted with no option to do otherwise
     
  10. ddkkpp macrumors 6502

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    Not in my experience. Used to be, when you restored from iCloud, you didn't get your wifi / safari etc passwords back.

    I used to have to re-enter every password for every network I ever connected to. Super annoying.
     
  11. Phil A. Moderator

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    That may be the case, but the backups have definitely always been encrypted as this article from 2012 confirms: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/03/how-safe-is-icloud-data-ars-investigates/

    I suspect the reason is that the apps themselves are not included in iCloud backups and it will be something to do with the way the settings (that are in the backup) are re-applied
     

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