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Old 10-15-2016, 05:08 AM   #1
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Forgot itunes backup password

I backed up my iPad with iTunes and there are a lot of ebooks included in it. When i tried to restore it, iTunes keeps asking me for password. From my understanding, I never added a password. then I input the passwords that i used frequently but no one is correct.

Is there any way to recover the password? thanks
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I backed up my iPad with iTunes and there are a lot of ebooks included in it. When i tried to restore it, iTunes keeps asking me for password. From my understanding, I never added a password. then I input the passwords that i used frequently but no one is correct.

Is there any way to recover the password? thanks
Use your Apple password.

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Old 10-16-2016, 01:33 PM   #3
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If your password is stored in Keychain access, you can recover it by following this post:
http://www.top-password.com/blog/rec...ssword-on-mac/

Otherwise you have to use password recovery tools like iTunesKey, elcomsoft, etc.
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Use your Apple password.

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I tried the apple password, it doesn't work
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:29 AM   #5
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The backup password is the password of your iTunes/iCloud account. I'd suggest contacting Apple customer service if you're having difficulty, but it really is that password!
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:38 AM   #6
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The backup password is the password of your iTunes/iCloud account.
This is not true. The password you use if you choose to encrypt an iDevice backup made using iTunes is not your AppleID/iCloud password. If forgotten and not retrievable by Keychain shenanigans, there is no official or Apple-provided way to retrive the password. The backup can only be unlocked using hacking tools (as mentioned by PPs) that rely on brute-force and dictionary attacks.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:49 AM   #7
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This is not true. The password you use if you choose to encrypt an iDevice backup made using iTunes is not your AppleID/iCloud password. If forgotten and not retrievable by Keychain shenanigans, there is no official or Apple-provided way to retrive the password. The backup can only be unlocked using hacking tools (as mentioned by PPs) that rely on brute-force and dictionary attacks.
Hmmm. When I get a new iThing and I restore a previous backup onto it, it always asks me for my iCloud password to access the backup. Are we perhaps talking at cross purposes here?
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Hmmm. When I get a new iThing and I restore a previous backup onto it, it always asks me for my iCloud password to access the backup. Are we perhaps talking at cross purposes here?
You appear to be talking about an iCloud backup. We're talking about an encrypted backup made with iTunes.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:06 PM   #9
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The backup password is the password of your iTunes/iCloud account. I'd suggest contacting Apple customer service if you're having difficulty, but it really is that password!
Thanks Harry. I double checked and i am sure it is not Apple id password at least in my case. Apple support told me it is out of their service for this. They are only responsible for apple id password.
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Old 10-19-2016, 12:40 AM   #10
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I backed up my iPad with iTunes and there are a lot of ebooks included in it. When i tried to restore it, iTunes keeps asking me for password. From my understanding, I never added a password. then I input the passwords that i used frequently but no one is correct.

Is there any way to recover the password? thanks
If you can't figure out the password you will have to restore the phone as New, then reinstall your content. You will lose any app data.

other way is try some third party application like UUkeys iTunes backup unlocker, Jisosoft and iSeepassword.

http://www.uukeys.com/itunes-backup-unlocker.html

Jihosoft:
http://www.jihosoft.com/itunes/itunes-backup-unlocker.html

iSeePassword:
http://www.iseepassword.com/unlock-i...-password.html

Each tools has the different features, but they're not free.

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Old 11-22-2016, 11:44 PM   #11
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If your password is stored in Keychain access, you can recover it by following this post:
http://www.top-password.com/blog/rec...ssword-on-mac/

Otherwise you have to use password recovery tools like iTunesKey, elcomsoft, etc.
I'm in the same situation, but the method doesn't work. I don't know how to restore my iPhone.
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Old 08-05-2017, 10:12 PM   #12
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Have you backed up your files in iCloud before? It seems you set up to encrypt your backup while creating it. If you forget them, it is hard to recover your backup content unless you have an iCloud backup. But if you backup your file on Mac OS, you might be able to find out the passport in the Keychain Access application. Hope this can do a favor for you and help you recover lost data from iPhone backup.
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You do know that you are replying to a thread that's almost a year old? If this problem hasn't been solved by now, it won't ever be solved.
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And another year later, just for the record, this is what I believe has happened.

When you backup via iTunes, you can optionally set a password, which you will require if you want to restore that backup. If your devices has an encrypted profile on it, which is typically done on company devices to control the configuration, setting a password is not optional when you backup, so it prompts you for one.

But this password is not just for that backup, as you'd expect. It's for all further backups of that device. It will not prompt for a password for any later backups, it will just use that one. And you won't be able to restore any later backups unless you know it. Not knowing this is how it works, people don't realise they must carefully record the password in order for their backups to be any use at all.

It's really dumb. There's a thread about it on the Apple forums that's been running for years. People reply, proclaiming they have the answer - the password is your windows password, the password is your appleid, the password is your original appleid. But they're wrong, that just happens to be the password they chose.

If you're in this situation, try to think what password you might have set back when you did your *first* backup. It could have been years ago. If it was prompting you for a password, you probably made something up on the spot to get past that point, thinking you only need to remember it for a few minutes after resetting your phone or something. Could be 1234, could be your windows password, etc.
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iPad Forgot itunes backup password

I bought a second hand ipad on ebay. The device had been reset and worked fine, but when I went to try to do an encrypted backup in iTunes it wanted a password. I guess sometime in the past someone had created an encrypted backup and I had no idea what the passcode was and it wasn't on the documentation from the seller. I discovered Apple has finally addressed the issue if you have IOS 11 or greater. You can use the reset feature now. 1st use iCloud backup to have a backup just in case. Go to settings > general > reset. Tap to reset All settings and enter your ios passcode you unlock your screen with.
Follow the steps to reset. This reset amazingly does NOT wipe out the user data or passwords but it does reset custom settings like display brightness, home screen layouts, wall paper and other customized settings and most importantly it removes the encrypted backup password.
Unfortunately you can't use the old backups because you still don't have the password but you can use itunes to create a new password for an encrypted backup. It was a pain to re-customize but I could now do a full backup.
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