Forgot iTunes backup pasword, how can I unlock it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jimsbandy, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Jimsbandy macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I'm new here for help, I can't access to my iTunes backup, I forgot the password and can't remember it at all, I erased all content and settings on my iPhone by accident and now I can't restore my previoius iTunes backup, I want to unlock iTunes or recover the password, how ? ? ?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Can't really help you with that.

    But I'm always curious about the people who "accidentally" Erase All Contents and Settings.

    Considering that there's several prompts that require you to press OK in order to even start that process, I always wonder what people are thinking (or not) when presented with all those prompts.
     
  3. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Pretty sure you have to enter your password in order to Erase All Contents and Settings....

    Edit: Now that I think of it that's probably not the same password.
     
  4. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Answer the security questions and you can reset the password on the account... otherwise you're out of luck.
     
  5. noobinator macrumors 601

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    OP is talking about a password protected backup I think, not the LogIn once you restore your phone.

    With that being said, I don't believe there is a way to recover the backup.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Yep, the password is requested when you do an encrypted backup and I do not think anything will recover it.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    That's another part of the question. If it's important enough to put a password on it, why it it not so important that you REMEMBER the password? Or at least important enough to write it down?
     
  8. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Whoops, I missed that part of it ...you're absolutely right.
     
  9. daijholt macrumors 6502a

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    Can't be done I'm afraid. The backup encryption is air tight. Unless you somehow remember the password, you're never restoring that backup.
     
  10. Dentienly macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all replies, but I really can't remember at all, are there some software can crack the iTunes backup?
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    The one good thing is you can keep trying as many times as you want as it will not lock you out, even after hundreds of tries.

    This is a hard lesson learned.
     
  12. uricili, Dec 30, 2015
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    uricili macrumors newbie

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    The only workable method is to guess all the possible combinations. There is no other way around. Do it yourself or use auto program to do that. Check out this itunes backup password recovery tutorial, it should do some help. As there are positive reviews from the users.
     
  13. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Let this be a teaching moment. Download a password manager and start storing your passwords. If you want to get fancy, let it generate random passwords and have them save it.

    Before I had 1password I used the iCloud Keychain :)
     
  14. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

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    These threads are amusing. How can it be that you forget a password? Seriously.
     
  15. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    I forgot my password for a credit card.
    Oh wait, I was suffering from a concussion.
    8 days later I remembered it. Bet your butt that I now have a password list.
     
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  17. noobinator macrumors 601

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    That doesn't exactly do what the OP had hoped to accomplish.
     
  18. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    What is even more amusing is why put a password on the backup to start with?

    Is the information that sensitive? Really?
     
  19. noobinator macrumors 601

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    You have to put a password on encrypted backups.
     
  20. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    You're right, my bad read to quickly. Didn't realize OP accidentally wiped phone as well.
     
  21. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    I know that...I question whether it's really necessary for encrypted backups when it's your phone that we're talking about. Just saying...
     
  22. coney718 macrumors regular

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    There's no way you can erase all your content and settings by "accident". It asks "are you sure" at multiple times before it erases. This whole post is suspect.
     
  23. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I agree with you that I don't care if my backups are encrypted but if you want to save your health data it forces you to use encryption.
     
  24. posguy99 macrumors 6502

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    If you want email passwords backed up, you have to encrypt the backup. Do you want your passwords in an unencrypted backup?
     
  25. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    OP posted Monday. Its now Wednesday. OP is gone, so it does sound suspect
     

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