iTunes local backup encryption vs iCloud backup

pafell

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Original poster
Aug 26, 2010
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Hello!

Long, long time ago I have chosen to encrypt local iOS backup for both my iPhone and iPad in iTunes. However, sometime after iCloud rollout and "Cut the cord" feature implementation, I have changed that setting to iCloud backup.

As a result, in iTunes I have two options checked: to backup my devices using iCloud and to encrypt local backup (option for local backup is obviously not selected).

My problem is that I have forgotten my encryption passwords. I do remember my iCloud login and password though. Now suppose something wrong happens to my iPhone - would I have any problems or issues restoring it from iCloud backup?

Thanks in advance!
 

mrapplegate

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Feb 26, 2011
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Cincinnati, OH
Hello!

Long, long time ago I have chosen to encrypt local iOS backup for both my iPhone and iPad in iTunes. However, sometime after iCloud rollout and "Cut the cord" feature implementation, I have changed that setting to iCloud backup.

As a result, in iTunes I have two options checked: to backup my devices using iCloud and to encrypt local backup (option for local backup is obviously not selected).

My problem is that I have forgotten my encryption passwords. I do remember my iCloud login and password though. Now suppose something wrong happens to my iPhone - would I have any problems or issues restoring it from iCloud backup?

Thanks in advance!
No, it only pertains to the local backup on your computer. Just uncheck it, and re-check it and it should ask for a password. Pick one you will remember and make another local backup. Delete the old one when done to save disk space.
 

pafell

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Original poster
Aug 26, 2010
22
2
Phew, good to know that I won't have any trouble :)

However, I cannot disable the encrypt feature as I need to provide the old password. Is there any way around it? Like, remove those backups manually and make iTunes think I never wanted it to encrypt them?
 

mrapplegate

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Feb 26, 2011
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Cincinnati, OH
Phew, good to know that I won't have any trouble :)

However, I cannot disable the encrypt feature as I need to provide the old password. Is there any way around it? Like, remove those backups manually and make iTunes think I never wanted it to encrypt them?
My bad. I thought once I just unchecked it and it asked for a new password. It's been years.
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3091672?start=15&tstart=0
Says if you checked save in Keychain just view it there.
 

pafell

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 26, 2010
22
2
I don't have it in my Keychain :(

What would happen if I were to simply delete it from iTunes folder? (I suppose I can find that backup somewhere) Would iTunes go crazy and the sky would fall on my head? I don't really care about the contents of that backup - my current backup is in iCloud. I just would feel better if I had control over my local backup.
 
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