Need help with *Encrypt iPhone backup*

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by vermont, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. vermont macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    Hello Guys!!

    I need really really big help now!!! I just restore my Iphone 3g to factory default, and then wanted to Restore backup.. but then, I forgot my backup password that I set!

    is there anyway to reset or find out the password? because I have the phone data, and message that is really important for me.. please help me!

    and thank you for reading this message!


  2. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    No, there is no way. If there was, what would be the purpose of being able to encrypt your backup if someone could just reset it? You'll need to restore your phone as new, and then resync everything you synced. But you've lost your SMS and game saves.

    So, next time, either don't forget the password, or don't encrypt.
  3. vermont thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    oh.. gosh... so there is no way? please anyone can help? I do not mind to pay for the information that you would share to me... as long as I can get back my data and notes... please for those that knows any info help me out...
  4. FXT 1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    True. However is there no way OP can search his computer for the backup files and go from there...? Decryption program etc.

    Also perhaps there is a way of recovering data from the device, but with the full restore process all data is wiped forever i think, and written over? If not, it would still be recoverable on the phone.

    I'd love to be wrong, for OP's sake.
  5. Jase04 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    Save your backup

    I did the same thing!

    Luckily I had saved the password, maybe you did to, I'll tell you how to find it.

    Click on the spotlight in the upper right (looks like a magnifying glass) and type in "Keychain Access"

    When spotlight finds "keychain access" click on it to open the keychain access

    In the upper right of Keychain Access you'll see a search box, type in iPhone Backup

    When it finds iPhone Backup click on it and a box will open

    Click the box for "show password" and if the password for your backup will show up.
  6. dubblethink macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    That worked!

    Jase04, you're awesome!
    Viewing the password in Keychain Access worked perfectly. Thanks for posting that. You saved me, and I'm sure many others, from a huge headache.

  7. Blakeb120 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    keychaine access not working

    Im trying to restore to a back up and forgotten password. one thread said the acces "keychainne Access" through spotlight but I cant access the spotlight feature on itunes. what should be active? do I access it through the device or what.

    any and all help appricieated
  8. dZp macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2006
    Spotlight search is not an iTunes feature. It's an OS X feature. Top-right of your menu bar.
    Or just look for Keychain Access in your /Applications/Utilities/ folder... on a Mac.
  9. strawberry831 macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    Covington, LA
    Encrypt iPhone backup - Forgot Password

    Okay, so I read all the threads, and I see where if you have a Mac, you can go into the keychain and maybe find your password there. Unfortunately, the computer the problem iTunes is on is a PC. So, my question is...if I transfer iTunes from the PC to a Mac, would I then be able to access the password through keychain, or would the backup have to have been originally done on the Mac for this?

    Alternatively, I have seen a thread where you can access the root files, but you have to be on a Mac, so if the above will not work, if I transfer the iTunes from the PC to a Mac, would I be able to get access to the files, i.e., the address book backup, etc.?

    I also downloaded the iPhone Explorer software, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Am I correct in my understanding that even if the files are not showing on the iPhone, the information is still stored somewhere on the iPhone, and I may be able to find the files that way?
  10. si69j2 macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    The short answer is

    You're screwed... If you're on a PC then you don't have a key chain or spotlight lol. Not helpful I know.

    If you encrypted the backup then no you can't get access to it without the password, as stated on previous posts. I can only suggest you think a little harder and try and remember the password or post your question on a windows forum as perhaps there will be someone who can help you there.

    If you've done a restore then the files are gone! So even if you could view the folders on the phone they wouldn't contain anything.

    Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

    PS if you can't remember try using the PIN for you phone as the password!
  11. nivh macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    Unfortunately, I clicked on the magnifying lens, and I searched for Keychain Access. When I typed in iPhone Backup, nothing appeared. That's strange.

    Does that mean that the password wasn't saved? Or perhaps Keychain Access was not activated/enabled?

    FYI: I just backed-up my phone an hour ago, but it never prompted me for a password. Then I upgraded. When I went to restore, that's when it asked me for a password, but I didn't enter one...perhaps I entered one on a previous back-up??

    ....any thoughts?

    Thanks for your help!
  12. birdhead macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008
    Iphone backup

    Try putting in your iTunes account's Password when you sync ..just worked for me, but i don't think I ever encrypted it and I have a PC.
  13. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Between Keychain Access's password it had, and 1Password, this saved my bacon - thanks!
  14. jlshultz macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    How do I change my password for future backups

    So, I was proactive and tried the password before I reset my phone and found that I do not remember it (and it's not stored anywhere for me). So at this point I don't care about the existing backups. I have tried deleting them and still iTunes encrypts all new backups with a password that I can't remember. How do I change the password without knowing the existing password?
  15. jlshultz macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    I just got off of the phone with Apple Care Support, no love. Nothing can be done, the password is stored in the iPhone and even though I have my phone it's unlocked/fully usable and I have my iTunes that I sync my iPhone with, I can't do anything without that password. So I'm going to reset my iPhone and lose a bunch of stuff. This Apple is leaving a bitter taste in my mouth!
  16. micah87 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2010
    Possible Solution

    Hey Everyone,

    I think i may have found an unusual solution. I keep a lot of sensitive information on my iphone. therefore, i require a pin code (password) to access the phone. By doing this, i unknowingly encrypted the backup process. So this morning i had to replace my phone, plugged in the new phone and it said i needed the backup password to proceed with the backup. Not remembering that i ever created a password, i became frustrated and tried every password i ever used that i could remember. Finally i searched google for some answers, and found none. as i was about to give up, my fiance suggested to use my phone pin, and VOILA! So, fellow iphone users, if you require a pin code for the phone - that is also your backup password!

  17. okibi1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I was entering every password I could remember, and then read this, tried it, and it worked!!
  18. iphonekobe macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    Another Possible Solution

    I also had the same problem when needing to restore my iPhone from backup. I'd set the password on my iPhone backup many years ago and restored my phone from backup a few times over that period. However this time I found my password no longer worked, nor any combination I could possibly think of.

    I ended up downloading the free trial version of Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker, created a custom dictionary list with all possible passwords and combinations and words I could think of and set it to maximum mutations. Within 30 seconds it came back and said it had found my password, however I would have to buy the full version for the password to be revealed to me. However, it did show me the first 2 characters and the length of the password and I was able to guess from there.

    The password ended up being my name in lower case, which is also the name of my iPhone in iTunes, i.e. "Kobe's iPhone". There is no way on earth I ever would have set my name as my password, so my best guess it that iTunes changed my password during one upgrade or another. I don't have a PIN set on my phone like the other people above do, so this could be another variation of iTunes setting your password for you. Needless to say, I've now changed my password back to something more secure.

    Hopefully this info will help other people in a similar situation.
  19. Sepp321 macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2011

    A great thankyou from Denmark, I did the exact same thing as above and found my password with Elcomsoft. If I havent read this thread I would have lost all my stuff on my iPhone, so Thanks a lot.

  20. 2000Regal macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2011
    attempting to restore encrypted backup--iphone 3gs

    Greetings all:

    I am attempting to restore backup on an iphone 3GS. The password has been encrypted, however the user has no memory of setting up the "encrypted" password through itunes.

    iphoneKobe-- When you restored your iphone, did you type your password with all lower case or as its seen in itunes (i.e. "kobe's iPhone) with the space and Capital P?

    If anyone has any hints, tips, code cracking ideas, these would be greatly appreciated. I have attempted to utilize the Elcomsoft password breaker to no avail.

    Thanks guys...

    2000 Regal
  21. patrick67 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2011
    thank you Kobe!

    never set a pass code myself and apple automatically set it to my first name as well......yeah can upgrade my phone now!
  22. dookadook macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    THANK YOU!! You're awesome. I had the same problem, and the program worked perfectly, thanks so much for sharing the info.
  23. farhadmoradi macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2011
    You are amazing dude... It work for me. I followed your steps and I found it dear friend :)) Thanks...

    My password was my nokia lock password 5 digits.
    I dont remember setting it but I found it anyway :D~

    Thankssssssssssssssssssss :D :rolleyes: :apple:
  24. waddlequack macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    OH THANK YOU! That worked. I totally forgot mine. Stupid stupid stupid.
  25. klesmiley macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    I downloaded Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker and did dictionary with max mutations. It says it is going to run for over 2 days! I guess it just figured your password out after 30 seconds. Mine ran for a long time before I had to cancel it b/c of being on the phone with Apple Support. We have had to reinstall iTunes so far. Still getting the password requirement box. I tried my name in lower case. No luck. Tried 0000, 1234, bunches of other passwords including my Apple account password. I'm out of options. Waiting for level 3 support to come on the line. Have been on hold or with level 2 support for 1 hr 58 min!!!. If this doesn't do it then I'll have to just let the Elcomsoft run and I'll be phoneless for awhile! The only other option is to start from scratch! OMGosh! All my stuff! :(

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