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HT1766 Forgot encrypt iPhone backup password

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kCChiefs34 Calculating status...
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Nov 23, 2012 8:59 AM

Forgot encrypt iPhone backup password

iPhone 3GS
  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:04 AM (in response to kCChiefs34)

    Then delete the backup and start over. If you can't remember the password, the backup is unusable.

  • imaybeawhile Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:05 AM (in response to kCChiefs34)

    No way to restore then I'm afraid. You can keep trying for ever to get it correct if that helps...

  • gurdes Calculating status...
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    Feb 26, 2013 6:56 PM (in response to kCChiefs34)

    I have met the exact problem to my white iPhone 5 and it's really extremely frustrating. After I forgot my iPhone 5 encrypted backup password, I am afraid I'll never go back and some other information and facts. I've tried several passwords to no avail.

     

    Fortunately, I tried to find solutions via my favorite Google search engine and got suggestion to use tool "iPhone Backup Unlocker" to help me unlock my forgotten iPhone 5 backup password with its Dictionary Attack!

  • mr_misfit Calculating status...
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    Feb 3, 2014 9:33 AM (in response to kCChiefs34)

    I had the same issue on my phone. I didn't recall setting a password, but it asked when i went to restore.

    In my case, it had set the password to my login password for the computer account.

  • silvergc Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
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    Feb 3, 2014 2:24 PM (in response to mr_misfit)

    An encrypted backup wouldn't be worth much if you could get access to it easily without the password.  The whole idea is to keep others from getting any information out of it without a lot of work.

     

    As you can see, there is a readily avalable tool to help when you don't have a good password.  Your password should never be one that can be guessed with a dictionary type tool.

  • AndrewFitz Calculating status...
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    Mar 2, 2014 4:59 AM (in response to kCChiefs34)

    Solution *************************************

     

    I had the same problem and was able to solve it.  Here is my problem and solution  https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5943105

     

    Essentially even though your phone will not create any new un encryped backups (as the encryption password settings carry over to the phone not to itunes), I got a second ios device (an ipod touch) and put that on the same itunes and icloud account, then it pulled everything from the cloud onto it.  I then wiped my phone clean, then synced to the cloud again and everything went back onto the phone. See all the details in my forum thread.

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