What Can I Do When I Forget My iTunes Backup Password?

Sometimes, even the best of us forget our iTunes password. While this may sound like the person is careless, but this is actually very common. Most people in a bid to not make their password “guessable” go on to use passwords that they themselves cannot guess after a while. Although, forgetting your iTunes backup password is far from being the end of your iTunes experience because I hope to demonstrate to you in this write up about how to recover your lost iTunes password and get access back to your iTunes.

Transfer Your Files Without iTunes Backup Password

iMyFone TunesMate is the fast and efficient iOS file transfer software that can be used to seamlessly transfer iTunes media (video, music and pictures) to any device or PC without using an password iTunes backup. Simply connect and transfer!

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Some of the main features of TunesMate include:

  • Two-way transfer: you can transfer files from your computer or iTunes to iPhone, and also transfer them from your iPhone to computer or iTunes.
  • No need iTunes password: it allows you to easily transfer files from iTunes to your idevice even when you lost iTunes password.
  • Purchased and non-purchased files: it can transfer both your purchased and non-purchased files by simply dragging and dropping.
  • No restrictions on file formats: you can transfer virtually any media (music, video, picture, podcasts, albums and more).

How to Transfer Media From iTunes to iDevice

STEP 1: Start the TunesMate program on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer via your USB cable.

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STEP 2: Select the “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice” from the menu. All the media files in your iTunes media library will be scanned and listed out.

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STEP 3: By default, all the media in your iTunes will be selected by default. But you have the option to uncheck the ones you do not wish to transfer. Then click the “Transfer” button to begin the Transfer and click “OK” to end it.

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How to Backup Music From Your iOS Device to Your PC

STEP 1: Start the TunesMate program on your computer and then Connect your iPhone to your computer via your USB cable.

STEP 2: To transfer Music, click on the “Music” icon on the dashboard and select “Home Videos” from the sidebar menu to initiate a transfer.

  1. Navigate and find the music you wish to transfer and click on “Export > Export to PC” from the menu at the top to initialize a music transfer from your iPhone to your computer.
  2. You can also directly right-click on a music and choose the “Export option.”
  3. A popup window will prompt you to select a destination folder. Once you “Select Folder” the export process will begin. A window will notify you of the successful transfer of the music to your chosen folder on your computer.

Two Ways to Recover iTunes Backup Password

1 Try to Use All the Password You Ever Have

In the event that you do not seem to remember putting a password or have trouble recollecting one, then you should endeavour to try all the password combinations that you may have used on the device in the past. There is a chance that you just need to really think to remember the password and one of the best way to do this is to keep having a go at the password. If you are lucky, eventually one should open up your iTunes.

  1. Try your iTunes Store password, this is the often the most common password to restore your backup.
  2. Try the four-digit code that you use to unlock your iPhone.
  3. Try the normal default password, 0000.
  4. Sometimes a bug in the iTunes can mean that the first password that you have after changed is still the backup password, so you should also try to use your first iTunes password.

2 Recover iTunes Backup Password with Your Computer

In any case, if you still cannot figure out what the password is, then pay attention to the next step that I am going to share below.

If you use a Mac system, then you should consider trying the Keychain Method.

STEP 1: Go to Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.app.
STEP 2: Search for “iPhone Backup” In the search box, then click on the most recent entry in the result.
STEP 3: At the end of the dialogue box, click on “show password” and after you put your administrative password it should recover iTunes backup password.

If you use windows, change the password of your actual iTunes account to access the store. Then on the password dialogue try both the old and new password. Also try your windows administrator password.

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If none of the above worked, then you have to restore your phone and configure it like a new device again.

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