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I forgot the password to by encrypted back up file on my Iphone 4.

831 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2013 4:34 PM by sharonfromoakland RSS
TGUN15 Calculating status...
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Sep 28, 2012 1:07 PM

Is forgot my password on my Iphone 4 and can not back up to itunes.  I want to transfer my files and need my password.

iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Babayev.Elay Calculating status...

    I am sorry but you can't ( Try next time iCloud back up

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,970 points)

    I'm sorry, I've looked through all the post it notes on my desk, but I don't see the one you wrote your password on...


    Seriously, how do you expect us to know what your password is?

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)

    The whole point of encrypted backups is to make them secure. They are very secure.


    No one, not even Apple, can determine your password.


    iTunes and encrypted backups


    In the iTunes Summary screen, select "Encrypt iPhone backup" if you want to encrypt the information stored on your computer when iTunes makes a backup. Encrypted backups are indicated by a padlock icon, and a password is required to restore the information to iPhone. You may want to write down the password for your backup and store it in a safe place. If you use a Mac, when you set a password you can select to store the password in the keychain. With iOS 4 and later, you can transfer the iOS keychain backup to a new device if you encrypt the backup.

    Warning: If you encrypt an iPhone backup in iTunes and then forget your password, you will not be able to restore from backup and your data will be unrecoverable. If you forget the password, you can continue to back up and use the device, however you will not be able to restore the encrypted backup to any device without the password. You do not need to enter the password for your backup each time you back up or sync.

    If you cannot remember the password and want to start again, you must perform a full software restore and when iTunes prompts you to select the backup from which to restore, choose set up as a new device.

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  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,970 points)

    Then tell me what exactly you expected us to do...

  • sharonfromoakland Calculating status...

    KiltedTim (indeed) -


    I think he was simply turning to the "experts" for confirmation of something he (most likely) already knew.

    Not wanting to assume he knows everything (it's called humble - please add to your dictionary), he asked a "stupid question" as experts always encourage people to do "just in case."


    Most experts respond as John Galt did - with the simple, unfortunate, facts.

    Wannabe experts who have ego problems respond the way you did.


    I completely agree with TGUN15's comment.


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