What is the Default Password for iTunes Backup? Does It Exist?

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If you have never set an iTunes backup encryption password and it is still asking for a password when trying to restore, then you may be wondering whether there is a default password you can use to restore the backup. iTunes may ask for backup encryption password for various reasons but the real question is, is there a default password for iTunes backup?

Is There a Default Password for iTunes Backup? - No!

There is no default password for iTunes Backup. But it may be possible that iTunes takes a random password off your computer and uses it for backup encryption due to some issue. Following are some common passwords you can try in order to unlock encrypted iTunes backup:

  • Your Apple ID password.
  • Your iDevice's passcode.
  • Your email password.
  • The password you use for your computer's user account.
  • The password you use for your iCloud account.
  • The password you previously used to encrypt a backup.
  • Sometimes the default password is a simple 4-digit code such as 0000 or 1234.

So, if iTunes ever asks you for a password when you are trying to restore a backup (even though you haven't set one), then it is recommended that you give the above-mentioned passwords a try. You may get lucky and one of those passwords might work.

The Above Passwords Didn't Work? Try These Tips

1 Use iCloud Backup

You can use iCloud backup and restore your device with a previously created backup. Keep in mind that iCloud backup and iTunes backup are different from each other.

Check Whether an iCloud Backup is Available

You won't find your iCloud backup on iCloud.com even though it is an iCloud backup. For this, you will need to look for the backups in your iDevice. Follow these instructions to check whether an iCloud backup is available:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on [your name] and then navigate to [your iPhone name] > iCloud Backup.

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Steps to Restore from a iCloud Backup

You cannot restore from iCloud backup normally. You can only do this via the iOS Setup Assistant. So, you will need to reset your iDevice first if you want to restore from iCloud backup. Follow these instructions:

  • Open the Settings app on your iDevice.
  • Navigate to General > Reset and then tap 'Erase All Contents and Settings' option to reset your device.

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  • Once the reset process completes and your iDevices powers on, follow the on-screen instructions and get to App & Data screen.
  • Once there, tap 'Restore from iCloud Backup' option.

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Next sign in to your iCloud account and choose the backup. The restoring process will begin.

Difference Between iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup

You will need to understand the various aspects of both types of backups if you want to know the difference between them.

iCloud Backup
iTunes Backup
Include
Camera roll, documents, accounts and settings.
Notes, videos, settings and all your account passwords, apps and data.
Exclude
  • iCloud music library and Touch ID settings.
  • Apple Pay information and settings.
  • Data stored in other cloud backup services such as Exchange mail and Gmail.
  • Data that is already stored in iCloud, including iCloud photo library, calendars, photos, notes, contacts, etc.
  • Keychain, Activity, and health data.
  • Apple Pay information and settings.
  • Touch ID settings.
  • Photos already stored in the cloud.
  • Content synced from iTunes.
  • Content from iTunes and App Store, including PDFS that are downloaded to iBooks.

2 If You Use Mac, Try the Keychain

If you are a Mac user, then you are in luck because you can easily recover your iTunes backup password via Keychain Access. Follow these instructions:

  • On your Mac, open the Utilities section and then navigate to Keychain Access and launch it.
  • Now in Keychain Access, click on All Items and then input the “iPhone backup” in the search field to find the iPhone Backup keychain.

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  • Once you find it, open it by double-clicking on it and then mark the checkbox called Show password.

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  • Now input the keychain password and then click on Allow. Your iTunes backup password will appear on a pop-up after this step.

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