Turning off iTunes backup encryption

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dwfaust, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. dwfaust macrumors 68040

    dwfaust

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2011
    Location:
    I am here => [•]
    #1
    How can I turn off the encryption for iTunes backups? I don't care about the backups that are already encrypted backups... but I want to stop encrypting backups.

    We have 3 iPads that the grandkids use when they come over, and to eliminate any fighting over who gets which iPad, I routinely backup one and restore the other 2 with that backup. Somewhere along the way, someone enabled encryption for the backups... strangely, I can still backup the device, but cannot restore the other iPads from that backup without the password.

    My objective is to turn off encryption for the backups so that I can backup and restore as I used to do...
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

    CoastalOR

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2015
    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    #2
    You do lose some information if the backup is not encrypted, but the loss may not matter you. Here is the information from Apple (see the iTunes section):
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977
     
  3. dwfaust thread starter macrumors 68040

    dwfaust

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2011
    Location:
    I am here => [•]
    #3
    I understand that stuff like health data, etc will be excluded... not an issue, as the iPads just have kids games on them, and the point of the backup/restore exercise is to sync content, so they all have the same games.

    However, when I try to turn off encrypted backup, it asks for the password - which is the issue. Maybe I can just uninstall iTunes and then re-install it.
     
  4. CoastalOR, Feb 24, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017

    CoastalOR macrumors 68000

    CoastalOR

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2015
    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    #4
    Sorry, I did not realize you did not have the password from your original post.

    See this Apple Support document, check the "Turn off iTunes backup encryption" section towards the bottom:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205220

    It sounds like you may need to:
    if you can not get the password or you do not want to switch to iCloud backup.
     

Share This Page