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Two Options for iTunes Backup Password Recovery on Mac and Windows

As is known, Apple ID could be used to sign in iCloud and help to restore iOS device from iCloud backup. Besides iCloud backup, only iTunes backup is another choice for iOS devices restoration when no apple ID is available.

When iTunes backup is encrypted but you forgot or lost iTunes backup password, iTunes backup password recovery would be the first work we should do if we want to restore iOS device from backup.

But which way is effective for encrypted iTunes backup password recovery? If you have no idea, in the following passage, we will talk about two options for iTunes backup password recovery on Mac and Windows when no Apple ID.

  1. For Mac computer user, please make full use of Keychain for iDevices backup password recovery (option 1).
  2. For Windows computer user, please take iTunes Password Genius to easily recover password for iDevices backup file (option 2).

Option 1: iTunes Backup Password Recovery with Keychain on Mac

If you are a Mac computer user, and there is password kept in Keychain, you can recover iDevices backup password with this option.

Step 1: Open Keychain Access utility from Application - Utilities.

Step 2: Search "iPhone" in the upper right search field and then look for a keychain item named "iPhone Backup" of kind "application password".

find iPhone backup item in Keychain

Step 3: Double click "iPhone Backup" and click on the "Show password" checkbox in the new window.

Step 4: A message will prompt you to enter Mac lock password to show iPhone backup password. Click Allow. Then you would see the iPhone backup password in clear text.

enter Mac lock password to show iPhone backup password

If you are not Mac user, there is no iPhone Backup item, get iSunshare iTunes Password Genius to recover iTunes backup password.

Option 2: iTunes Backup Password Recovery with iTunes Password Genius on Windows Computer

iTunes Password Genius is a professional program designed to recover iTunes backup password for iPhone/iPad/iPod. It will be helpful when you need password to unlock iTunes backup file and restore iOS devices with iTunes backup on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP computer.

Step 1: Get iTunes Password Genius trial version or full version.

According to the possible iTunes backup password length, choose appropriate version, install and run it on computer. If backup password is not longer than 3 charaters, you can choose trial version for help.

run iTunes backup password recovery software

Step 2: Add encrypted iTunes backup file into iTunes backup password recovery software.

Click Open button and iTunes password recovery software would automatically help you to find the possible or latest iTunes backup file. You just need to click OK to import it into software. If you don’t think it is the backup file you need, click Add File button to browse and choose iTunes backup you need. Then open it in Encrypted File box.

select iTunes backup file to recover password

Step 3: Set iTunes backup password recovery type.

Four powerful password recovery types are available. Make general settings (password length and password range) and choose one appropriate from them according to backup file password characteristics.

For example, if you remember part of password, choose Mask and set Mask parameter like this "6??". Use "?" character instead of forgotten password character. But if you don’t know anything about iTunes backup password, "Brute-Force" is a good choice.

recover iTunes backup password no Apple ID

Step 4: Click Start button to finish encrypted iTunes backup password recovery on Windows computer.

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