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How to Uncheck “Encrypt iPhone backup” without Password?

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Tata Davis

May 13, 2019 (Updated: May 13, 2019)

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iPhone backup encryption is a great feature that you can use to protect your iPhone backups from unauthorized access. Activating and deactivating this option is also very easy and it can be done from the Summary section of iTunes. However, sometimes some certain issues prevent you from disabling/unchecking "Encrypt iPhone backup". Fortunately, there are solutions available.

Part 1. How to Uncheck "Encrypt iPhone backup" with Password?

If there are no issues and you know the password required to disable iPhone backup encryption, then unchecking the "Encrypt iPhone backup" is a quite straightforward process.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer via lightning cable. Then launch iTunes and make sure it detects your connected iPhone.
  2. Now in iTunes, click your iPhone and navigate to the Summary section via the left-hand pane.
  3. Next, navigate to Backups section and find and uncheck the checkbox called Encrypt iPhone backup.
  4. Now input the required password and click on OK.


Part 2. How to Uncheck "Encrypt iPhone backup" When Forgot Password

There are two scenarios and there are different solutions for both of them.

Uncheck "Encrypt iPhone backup" without Password

Even you have forgotten the password to decrypt iPhone backup, you can still uncheck the "Encrypt iPhone backup" without password. Using iMyFone KeyGenius is one of the best and the easiest ways do this. Except that, iMyFone KeyGenius can also help you to find your forgotten password back with 3 powerful attack methods.

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Steps to Uncheck "Encrypt iPhone backup" without Password

Step 1. Open KeyGenius on your computer, then select the Remove Backup Encryption Settings option.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then choose the Remove without Password option.

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Step 3. Click on Start button to begin the removal process.

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Step 4. 3 seconds later, the encryption password will be removed from your iPhone, then open iTunes, you'll find that the "Encrypt iPhone backup" option is unchecked.


Use Mac Keychain to Find the Password

Keychain Access is a built-in password manager in Mac that stores different passwords for iTunes backup, servers, email account, website, etc. If you forgot your iPhone backup password, then it is likely that you will be able to recover it via Keychain. Keep in mind that this will only work if you checked the "Remember this password in my Keychain" option when encrypting backups in iTunes.

Step 1. Launch Finder on your Mac. Navigate to Applications > Utilities and find and launch Keychain Access.

Step 2. In Keychain Access application, navigate to Login and look for the item called "iPhone Backup" and double-click on it.


Step 3. Once the iPhone backup info is opened, select Attributes and then click on the "Show Password" option.


Step 4. Next, input the "login" Keychain password and then click "Allow". Now Keychain Access will display your iPhone backup password on the previous window.


Reset Your iPhone

Resetting your iPhone will also remove the iPhone backup encryption. However, keep in mind that you won't be able to decrypt the existing encrypted backups but it will allow you to create new encrypted/non-encrypted backups without issues. Follow these instructions to reset your iPhone:

  1. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to General > Reset and select Erase All Content and Settings (if your iPhone is running iOS 10 and below) or Erase All Settings (if your iPhone is running iOS 11 and above).
  3. Next, enter your passcode and tap on the Erase iPhone option. You might also need to provide your Apple ID password to start the reset process.


Part 3. How to Uncheck "Encrypt iPhone backup" While it is Greyed Out

The problem of "Encrypt iPhone backup" option being greyed out can occur due to custom restrictions being used in your iPhone. So, to solve this issue, you will simply need to delete the profiles via the Settings app. Here are the steps:

  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone. Then Navigate to General > Profile.
  2. Now tap on the profile being used and then tap the 'Delete Profile' option.


After deleting the profile, connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Now try to uncheck the encryption iPhone backup option. You should be able to disable the option now.


Disabling/unchecking the encrypt iPhone backup option is quite easy. However, if the option to do this is greyed out then you will need to delete profiles in your iPhone that contain custom restrictions. On the other hand, if you forgot the password required to disable this option, then you should use iMyFone KeyGenius to find and recover the password. KeyGenius will help you recover your iPhone backup encryption password within just a few minutes.

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