5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2013 6:56 AM by Motokokawaii
ipaintmac Level 1 Level 1

forgot password in encrypted backup for my iphone  please help

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • ckuan Level 7 Level 7

    If you forgot the password then there's no other way.


    With your iPhone connected and selected, Summary pane, uncheck Encrypt local backup.

    In iTunes > Preferences... > Devices, delete your backup.

    Right click on your iPhone under DEVICES and choose Back UP.

  • PacBlue Level 1 Level 1

    The problem with this solution is that you can't uncheck "Encrypt Local Backup" without giving the (forgotten) current password. Even if you delete the backup, you still can't uncheck it without knowing the current password. It doesn't make sense, but that's how it seems to work. If anyone knows how to stop encrypting the backup after you've forgotten the current password, please post!


    To be clear (at least in my case), I don't need the currently encrypted backup. I just want to replace it with a new backup with a new password.



  • ckuan Level 7 Level 7

    Delete the backup first before you can uncheck the Encrypt backup.

  • PacBlue Level 1 Level 1

    As I mentioned in my post, deleting the backup first doesn't work. It still asks for your password.

  • Motokokawaii Level 1 Level 1

    I am in exactly the same place as you right now.


    Its crazy you cannot reset this, I need to wipe my iPad but I also need to have a decent backup to restore everything or it could genuinely take days to set up again!