iTunes Keeps Asking for Backup Password That Never Set

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For all iOS users, iTunes is the best way to organize and enjoy music, movies or other related media in your iOS device such as iPhone, iPad or iPod. Backing up data with iTunes is something very important, which iOS users should never miss out as it will protect your precious data being lost. You can backup all the things on iOS device such as photos, videos, contacts, music, iMessages and a wide range of application data. When you data got deleted or device damaged, it is easy to restore them from the backup.

However, when you try to restore from previous backup, iTunes keeps asking for a backup password you never set. This happens from time to time and there are a lot of users complaining about this online. The fact is that iTunes offers two ways to backup the device. One is without password, which is set in default. And the other is password protected. You have to enter the correct backup password if you saw the promoted password widget. Now, here are the 3 different ways to recover iTunes backup password.

Method 1: Use All the Password Combination You Could Think Up

The first thing you came across this kind of problem is to calm down. This can be fixed if you did it properly. Unlike password for websites, which the account will be disabled if you typed wrong password for several times, there is no limitation to try out the password for iTunes backup. Please write down the password you use frequently and input them one by one. Some of the most frequently used password for iTunes password are:


Frequently Used Password Combinations:

  • Apple ID password
  • iPhone Lockscreen passcode
  • Computer login password
  • Birthday or name of yourself/wife/children
  • Password like 0000, 1234
  • Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo Email Password

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Method 2: Use Keychain to Access iTunes Backup Password (Mac User Only)

Keychain is a built-in Mac OS X app that manages all sorts of password on Mac computers. It can store website, iTunes backup, app, email as well as other types of sensitive information within the app. So if you were a Mac user, then it is highly possible to retrieve the forgotten iTunes backup password from it.


How to Find Backup Password from Keychain:

  • Step 1: Click Lanuchpad app on your Mac and find Keychain app in Other icon. You can see "Category" tab on the left sidebar and click "Password".
  • Step 2: Now type "iPhone" at the upper search bar. If there were items showing up, then double click to bring up a new window.
  • Step 3: Check Show Password column at the bottom. You need to type the account name and password to unlock the feature.
  • Step 4: Once it was done, the backup password will be shown on screen. If you can't find the name in search result, then you are out of luck. Only method 3 is left in your case.


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Method 3: How to Recover iTunes Backup Password with UUkeys iTunes Backup Unlocker

If the above two method still don't work for you, the only option left is to using automated programs brute-forcing the password. The password would be cracked in minutes if it was not strong enough. Today there is a way to crack such a forgotten password as well and that is made possible with a software called UUKeys iTunes Backup Unlocker. It makes use of the advanced decoding technology to automatically detect and analyzes the password in a fast and secure way.


UUKeys iTunes Backup Unlocker is compatible with a range of Apple devices such as iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 4S, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini3 and iPod Touch devices. It also supports different versions of iTunes) and the different iOS versions, namely iOS 9, iOS 8 or iOS 7. The process involved is quite simple and can be done anyone irrespective of whether you have any prior knowledge with respect to it. You just need to follow the steps that we have explained here.



Things that You Need to Prepare:

  • Encrypted iTunes Backup File.
  • A Windows PC or laptop.
  • UUkeys iTunes Backup Unlocker.

Tutorial for Decrypting iTunes Backup Password with UUkeys

Step 1. Install UUkeys iTunes Backup Unlocker on a PC

First of all, you need to download the program on a computer. You can download it from the official website of UUKeys. At present, only the Windows version of the software is available. The Mac version is also under development. While going through the process of installation, always choose the default options.

Step 2. Choose The Right iTunes Backup from List

When the program is opened, all iTunes backup files will be shown on the screen automatically. This can only detect backup files in default location. If the backup was stored on other places, you need to manually import the file to the program by clicking Import button. Click "Next" to the next step.

Step 3. Choose Password Recovery Mode and Make Proper Settings

You need to choose the right attack type depending on your requirements. There are two built-in attack types used for the purpose and they are as follows:

Brute-force Attack: It will try the character combination processes randomly and naturally takes a longer time.

Brute-force with Mask Attack: It is meant for those who remember at least some features of their password such as the number of characters in it and whether it includes some special character.

Please fill out the fields accordingly and click OK button to start the password recovery process.

Step 4. Turn on GPU Support (Optional)

As we know, GPU is the most powerful computing unit on a computer. The latest version of UUkeys iTunes Backup Unlocker adds support for GPU acceleration. You can add GPU to the program to boot the recovery task.

You can do that via Settings option shown on the upper menu bar. However, you should first pause the program first by clicking Pause button. In settings panel, there is an option named GPU Acceleration, please select it and click OK to save it.

Step 5. Decrypt Password from iTunes Backup File

It may take some time depending upon how complex your password is. The long process bar will indicate what percentage of the job is already done and how much is remaining. The more accurate you make the settings, the less time it takes to find the correct password.

Step 6. Copy and Paste Password in iTunes

Once the program scan the password, a pop-up message will tell you what is the password is. Copy the password and open iTunes on the computer. Finally, paste the password when iTunes asks you for a password.

Once the backup file was unlocked, you can access all kinds of data in that backup. This will do a huge help for you if the data was meant to you. After reading the whole post, you will find forgetting iPhone backup password is not a big deal as there are ways to help you get back the correct password after a few attempts. If you still have problem with the issue, kindly shot us an email. We will try out best to get it fixed.

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