If you back up your phone to iTunes on your computer, and encrypted the backup in your iTunes. Then before you can retrieve any file from there, you’d have to decrypt the iPhone backup first.
Restoring the backup from iTunes to your device is not an easy task, and it’s especially difficult if you forget the encryption password. Some people might get frustrated and try to format the settings, but there’s an easier and less damaging process to decrypt iTunes backup without password.
2 Methods to Decrypt Encrypted iTunes Backup
Restoring data from iTunes backup is a far easier process when it’s unencrypted; even when you can’t remember your password.
You could use iTunes itself if you can remember your password. It’s an easy process.
Method 1. Decrypting with The Help of Passwords
Step 1. Connect your device to your computer and open iTunes.
Step 2. Uncheck the option; ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’ below. Shortly after that, a sub window would pop up and ask you to enter your previously set password, before the backup.
Method 2. Decrypting with iTunes Password Refixer
While the process is slightly tricky, it’s still doable. Since iTunes don’t provide any particular function to help recover the backup encryption passwords of Apple products, there is no way to evade the secret codes. But thanks to the third-party iTunes password recovery software, you can now crack or recover them with a little ease.
Step 1. Make sure that everything you’re going to do is on a Windows-based computer; since the software, you need to use is also Windows-based. Then confirm that the iPhone backup is on your system
Step 2. Install iTunes Password Refixer on your pc and then run it
Step 3. After the setting up process is complete, launch the program
Step 4. Import your iPhone backup to the previously launched Password Refixer
Step 5. Set up the program
Step 6. After the other steps have been performed successfully, you can click on the start button to start recovering the iTunes backup password. After a few minutes, it would be recovered and then displayed on the screen. Copy it down, and then use the obtained password to decrypt the iPhone backup in iTunes.
3 Common Ways to Recover Your iTunes Password
1 Using your email to reset your password
This process doesn’t require a lot of time or effort because it is straightforward enough. Just follow the steps below.
Step 1. Go to your Apple ID account page and click on the option; “Forgot Apple ID or Password.”
Step 2. Input your ID and then click Next.
Step 3. An option to retrieve your ID via email would appear on the screen. If you click on the option, you’ll receive an email with the link for your new password.
Step 4. Follow the link and create a new password. You’d be asked to type it twice, for security reasons. When you’re through, click ‘Done’ and end the process.
2 How to reset your Password when your email is no longer valid
If there’s no way to send you the recovery link, you’ll be required to answer the security questions you set when you created the account.
Step 1. Proceed by typing your details (date of birth and the likes)
Step 2. Answer a set of questions correctly, and you’ll arrive on the ‘Reset Password Page.’
Step 3. Type your new password correctly in the box, and confirm its accuracy.
3 Calling Apple Support
If nothing else eventually works for you; try to call the customer support and ask them for help. Follow the link; http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204169 and then select your country to discover the contact number for Apple support. After that, relay the details of your problem to the agent online, and they’ll guide you through the retrieval process.
If that doesn’t work out for you, feel free to visit iforgot.apple.com, and follow the instructions listed out.
Extract iTunes Files to iPhone without Password
iMyFone TunesMate helps for the easy transfer of videos, music, and photos between any iDevice and a windows PC. And also the transfer can go both ways. You don’t need iTunes password to get access to your files, so it can help you to extract files from iTunes without password.
It supports the transfer of both free and paid files. It provides the opportunity to rebuild iTunes library to get back all your files by copying files from unlimited iPhone/iPad to iTunes.
Alternative Steps to Extract iTunes Files without Password
Step 1. Run TunesMate and connect your iPhone to it.
Step 2. Click “transfer iTunes media to iDevice”.
Step 3. Preview and select the files to transfer, and click “transfer” button to get back your iTunes backup. It will not erase old data in your iPhone while transferring.