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What would happen after iOS 11/10/9/8/7 update?

Advantages: iOS update adds new features that let you do more than ever with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


So it is highly recommended to make a backup of iOS devices data before iOS update. And after successfully upgrading, you could restore data from iTunes or iCloud backup.

But if forgot iOS backup password, what can you do after iOS update? Here three ways below would help you solve one of the most important problems "restore iPhone/iPad/iPod data after iOS update".

  1. Way 1: Try to guess possible iOS backup password
  2. Way 2: Recover iOS backup password after forgot
  3. Way 3: Restore iOS devices from iCloud without password

Way 1: Try Possible Passwords to Unlock iOS Backup

If you don’t want to give up when you want to restore iOS 7/8/9/10/11 devices from iTunes backup but password forgot, please try passwords that you probably have used to encrypt iTunes backup.

1. Apple ID, Windows administrator password, passcode, Mac login password.

2. Most used password for forum or social media accounts

3. Commonly-used password, such as 123456, abcdefg, 000000, 88888, 66666 etc

4. Your name or birthday or passwords usually used in your life

Once you guessed it, you would not need to go on. But in most of case, the chance of success is so small and the speed is too low that people need to use third-party software to recover forgotten iOS backup password.

Way 2: Recover iOS Backup Password after Forgot

If you cannot guess out the forgotten iTunes backup password, don’t be disappointed. Effective iTunes backup password recovery third-party software, iSunshare iTunes Password Genius would help you, which could recover iTunes backup password accurately for all of iOS 11/10/9/8.1/8/7 devices, including iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, as long as you have iTunes backup file in hand.

Step 1: Install and run iTunes Password Genius on accessible Windows computer.

After getting iTunes Password Genius on Windows computer, just double-click it and follow its wizard to complete installation. The process is common and similar to other programs' installation.

Note: Or you can run iTunes Password Genius for Mac if you have only Mac to recover iOS backup password.

prepare ios backup password recovery tool

Step 2: Choose encrypted iTunes backup file to add.

Click Open button on iTunes Password Genius and a dialog would pop up and list all iTunes backup files that save on the default location. If you find the encrypted iTunes backup file in the list for your iOS 10 devices, select it and click OK to add it into Encrypted File box.

select encrypted itunes backup file to import

If not, click Add File button in the same dialog and you could browse computer to choose encrypted iTunes backup file that needs to be recovered password. Pick it and click Open button in the Open window, then it would be imported into iTunes Password Genius.

browse computer to add encrypted itunes backup

start to recover iOS backup forgotten password

Step 3: Recover iOS backup forgotten password for iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Tap on Start button and about one second later, you will see iOS backup file password is successfully recovered and shown in another dialog. Believe you have never experienced such a high speed of iTunes backup password recovery when iOS has not been upgraded to iOS 10/11.

successfully recover iOS 10 backup password after forgot

Now you can connect your iOS 10/11 device to computer and open iTunes on computer. You would be able to restore iOS 10 device data from iTunes backup. While backup password is required, just enter the password recovered above.

Way 3: Restore iOS Devices from iCloud without Password

If you have iCloud backup for iOS devices, this way is also worth trying while your iOS backup password forgot.

1. Make sure available network and open your iOS device.

2. Go to Settings > General > Reset, and tap on Erase all content and settings.

3. In the Setup Assistant, proceed to "Set up your device", tap Restore from a Backup, and sign in to iCloud with Apple ID.

4. Proceed to Choose backup, then choose one recent backup from a list of available backups in iCloud. Then just wait for successful iOS devices data restore from iCloud backup.

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