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What If I Forgot My iPhone Backup Password?

What if forgot iPhone backup password on Mac or Windows, when there is something wrong in iPhone X/8/8 plus/7/7plus/6/6 plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4 and you cannot use it normally, especially when you need to restore iPhone data after fixing iPhone issues?

1. Firstly, repair the wrong iPhone. You can send your iPhone to repairment shop or restore it to factory settings.

2. Secondly, restore iPhone from backup after factory reset to reduce data loss.

  1. Situation 1: Restore Newly-Used iPhone to Factory Settings
  2. Situation 2: Restore iPhone from Backup after Password Forgot

No way would always help you in all situations. We just could choose one appropriate to solve problems in iPhone in purpose of reducing loss. Let’s take iPad as example to see how does it do. Surely it is the same for iPhone.

Situation 1: Restore Newly-Used iPhone to Factory Settings

The way is the last choice and it is not recommended since you will lose all the files in your iPhone. Once you perform iPhone factory reset on iTunes, your iPhone will become a new device. So you had better try other methods when you need to fix issues. If you really have no idea or when the iPhone is just used and there is no so much data on it, please try to restore iPhone to factory settings..

Following introductions are steps to restore iPhone(eg.iPad) to original settings on computer.

Step 1: Connect iPad to computer and choose "Restore iPad".

choose to restore iPhone

Step 2: Confirm factory settings restore, and enter iPad Recovery Mode. Or you can use iOSBoot Genius to help force iPad entering recovery mode when this doesn't work.

prepare restore iPhone to factory settings

restore iPhone to original settings

Step 3: When factory settings restoration is completed, enter iPad welcome window.

reset iPhone


Situation 2: Restore iPhone from Backup after Password Forgot

In order to reduce data loss in iPhone after factory reset, it is necessary to restore iPhone from encrypted backup even after backup password forgot. And the first step is to find out iPhone backup forgotten password. iTunes Password Genius will work on Windows or Mac to help recovering iTunes backup password.

Step 1: Recover iTunes backup password for iPhone on Mac or Windows.

1. Choose appropriate version based on the platform you will run iPhone backup password recovery tool.

2. Install and run the backup password recovery software on Mac or Windows computer.

iPhone backup password recovery with password recovery tool

Please note that trial version only supports password no more than 3 characters.

3. Add encrypted iPhone backup file into password recovery software.

When you click Open button, latest iPhone backup file would be found automatically. Click OK and it would be imported into iTunes backup password recovery software. Or you can click Add File button to add another backup file.

add iPhone backup file to password recovery software

4. Choose appropriate backup password recovery type.

Even though four password attack types are powerful, but not everyone could do the best to make full use of them. That is disappointed. More details about settings, you can follow article about password recovery attack settings.

5. Start to recover iPhone backup forgotten password.

Once "Start" button is clicked, iTunes Password Genius will begin to recover forgotten iTunes backup password for iPhone. Until following window appears, the process is finished and you find the iPhone backup password.

recover iPhone forgotten backup password successfully

Step 2: Restore iPhone from iTunes backup after password recovery.

Open iTunes and connect iPhone to Windows computer. When iTunes automatically check the iPhone, click "Restore Backup" in iTunes and type the recovered password to unlock iPhone backup. So that you can successfully restore iPhone from encrypted iTunes backup.

Note: How to Restore iOS Device Data from iCloud and iTunes

If there have ever been so much previous and precious data on iPhone, they would be gone after factory settings. Therefore, we should make full use of "Restore Backup" function for reducing data loss from iPhone. If you have any questions about how to unlock iPhone backup during iPhone restoration from backup, please get iTunes Password Genius for help or see the Situation 2.

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