Encrypt iPhone Backup: Everything You Need to Know

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Read this article to learn about Encrypted Backup feature of iPhone. It lists the instructions that you will need to follow in order to encrypt/unencrypt your iPhone backup.

iPhone Backup Encryption: Everything You Need to Know

#1 What Does Encrypt iPhone Backup Mean?

All iPhones feature Encrypt Backup option that increases the security of backups by locking and encoding your information. Your backup is protected via password and the encryption prevents unauthorized access to the contents of the backup. So, if anyone uses your computer and goes through your iPhone encrypted backups, they won't be able to view backup contents because it will require a password.

#2 Differences Between Encrypted Backup and Unencrypted Backup

One of the major differences between encrypted and unencrypted backups is that there is additional information stored in encrypted backup which is not included in other backups. That additional information includes your website history, personalized settings, and passwords.


Another difference is that you need a password to restore an encrypted backup. The password is not required when syncing or backing up, it is only required when you restore.


Keep in mind that you cannot turn off Encrypt Backup if you don't remember the password. You also won't be able to recover your information. So it is recommended that you write down the password for your encrypted backup and keep it somewhere safe and accessible.

#3 How to Encrypt iPhone Backup?

By default, iPhone backups are unencrypted. In order to encrypt your iPhone backup, you will need to turn on the password-protected Encrypt backup option in iTunes. After that, all your future backups will be automatically encrypted for that specific iDevice.

Follow these instructions to encrypt iPhone backup:

Step 1. Open iTunes in your computer and connect your iDevice to your computer via lightning cable.

Step 2. Once your iDevice is detected by iTunes, go to the Summary screen and click on ‘Encrypt [device] backup' option available in the Backups section.


Step 3. You will need to create a password for this. So create a password and it is highly recommended that you write it down and store it somewhere safe and accessible so that you can access it when needed.


Step 4. Once you have successfully created the password, iTunes will start backing up your connected iPhone and will also overwrite and encrypt your previous backups.

#4 How to Turn Off iPhone Backup Encryption?

Turning off iPhone backup encryption is just as easier as encrypting a backup. Similar to encrypting a backup, you will need to use iTunes to turn off encryption. Keep in mind that you will need iTunes backup password in order to turn off backup encryption.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Go to Summary > Backup and uncheck the ‘Encrypt [device] backup' option.


Step 3. iTunes will ask for a backup password, enter it and the backup encryption feature will be turned off.


If you have forgotten the backup encryption password, then you will need to find it first in order to proceed. If you can't remember your password or can't find it where you stored it, then you have two options: you can either restore or erase your iDevice or use iCloud to backup.

Bonus Tip: Backup and Restore Media Files without iTunes

You don't need iTunes to back up and restore your iDevice media files if you have an alternative third-party iPhone file management tool. iMyFone TunesMate is a file transfer tool that is designed specifically for managing and transferring iPhone files. You can use this software to conveniently back up all your iPhone media and restore it quickly whenever you desire.

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Steps to Backup iPhone to Computer

Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Connect your iDevice to your computer and launch TunesMate.

Step 2. Select the media tab e.g. Music, Videos, Photos, etc. It will list all your iDevice media in that specific category.


Step 3. Now select the files you wish to back up to your computer and after selection click on Export > Export to PC option.


Step 4. Navigate to a folder on your computer's hard drive and then click Select Folder. Your selected iDevice media will start transferring.


Steps to Restore Backup from Computer (Add>Add File/Folder)

Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Launch iMyFone TunesMate and connect your iDevice to your PC.

Step 2. Select an appropriate media tab from the software's interface for restoring backup from computer (for example select Music if you are restoring music files from your computer).

Step 3. Once you are in a specific media tab, click on Add > Add File option and then navigate to the folder on your computer's hard drive where your backup is stored.


Step 4. Once there, select the files you wish to restore and then click Open. The transfer process will begin.