Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to trenzalore)
@rw888 did you try this idea one post back?
I may have found a solution to this, as it has worked for me already.
My problem was similar to this; I had restored my phone to an old point just to see what it was like and when I tried to restore it back to my most recent one it asked for a password. I put in any it could possibly be to no avail. On the summary page on itunes, I went down to the back up section and saw the "Encrypt iPhone backup" part was unchecked, so I checked it and entered a new password. I went to restore it and when asked for the password, I simply put in the password I just set it as and it worked. From my observation everything is back exactly how it was.
I hope this helps anyone with this problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to buckeye89)
I had the same problem. I have terrible memory so for all my social networks I use the same password. So its impossible that the password to my phone back-up was "the password" I used for all my social networks. In my fury I typed 1234, and it worked. I have never used 1234 for anything ever so maybe its a security mechanism or just my luck. Hope it helps though.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 18, 2012 10:43 PM (in response to unclefungus)
Thanks unclefungus! You did help me. I couldn't figure out why iTunes kept telling me the password was incorrect. Was going insane till I found your post about plugging the device in to the USB port.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2012 4:36 PM (in response to Habubuaza)
i am having the same exact problem, i have never set up a password for a back up and i rememeber all my passwords and yet now that i went to restore my phone it is asking me for one
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2012 4:39 PM (in response to elabianca)
Hi elabianca, look in your Keychain Access app, in your Utilities folder. Launch it, search for "iphone backup", and chances are you'll get a match. Open the item, click "show password" and enter your Mac system password.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2012 10:59 AM (in response to buckeye89)
HI everybody,if you are facing the same issue here,i have try and it works!
if you don even remember setting up a password or you are very sure you know
your password well,try key in "0000"
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 11:33 PM (in response to buckeye89)
I don't recall setting my password, either. The summary idea doesn't work if there is no info on your phone. It's not even shown as an option. I use only a few passwords. I had one main generic on that I used for all such things. It doesn't work an dneither do my other passwords. I have tried all sorts of variations of my children's names and birthdays, just in case, knowing it was a waste of time. I wouldn't have chosen something zany and off the wall. I don't store top-secret information on my phone, nothing legal or financial. I don't get it.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 11:40 PM (in response to buckeye89)
Weirdest thing. I just flipped back to my iTunes window, where the incorrect password window was still open. I clicked okay, and it just started backing up. I don't know what happened. Hopefully, everything is there!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 26, 2012 9:46 PM (in response to finch413)
I hope you have already got your staff from Iphone back. I almost got insane yesterday after I erase everything to unlock my Iphone from AT&T. I did not remember set a password for the backup and when i tried to restore to the backup, it kept asking me for password. I have tried everything possible. Then I found it is the the first pin I set to unlock the screen, after a very depresed day since yesterday afternoon. The curerent pin won't work if you have changed it since you set up your iphone initially. I hope this helps. I am decided to use Android and now I am firm. No more iphone or any other apple product.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 12, 2012 6:59 PM (in response to buckeye89)
I know there are a lot of answers here and I have tried them all with no luck. I also did not have a password set for my backups and it still asks me for one. Similarly I had a lot of important texts and photos that I need to get back. Emails and contacts are ok as I have restored from google.
I went to the Summary page on itunes as suggested above and this showed no password was set so I set one (First time and now if I want to change it I have to put in the original, hence no password was set previously) and then tried again but still no luck.
I have tried all my old passwords and the ones suggested here "0000", "1234", etc., tried the Elcom password finder which came up with "No password found" on the backup file which makes sense since there was never one set but this doesn't help as I am still having no luck and still am asked for a password for the backup. I can't put no password in as without something the only option is to cancel the backup request. Anyone have another possible answer?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to buckeye89)
Had the same issue for an employee's phone and found that they backed up the phone once and when I backed it up again it automatically used that password. He entered in his password and it restored the backup i created on my computer. Bazaar but it worked.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2012 11:04 PM (in response to buckeye89)
All you need is to remember the "Passcode" you used to lock your iphone at that time, for the time you last backed up the phone.
For me, I put in the passcode/lock code that I had used on my iphone when I first ever used the device, it was just four short numbers and "voila" it worked. It was different from the passcode that I have on it right now, I inputed the current code I'm using and that didn't work. But the key is to put the old passcode.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 3, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to buckeye89)
After trying everything listed in this discussion I finally found that although I had never set an encryption password for my backup it had chosen to automatically set my password as my windows administrator password.
Hopr this helps
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2012 4:09 AM (in response to jovanny_vences)
No luck for me yet but I am getting the feeling that it will be the password put on by the company I worked for who originally purchased the phone rather than anything I would have used so I am still chasing up with them. Will update if I have any luck. Very annoying and dissappointing that Apple can't answer the question.