Jailbreaking the unit is not a choice, nor will I care to complete a complete device wipe. Are there other types of encrypted backup solutions that I can think of? I am running iTunes 11 on Mac OSX Ounce 10.6.7.
How to Recover Backup Password to Restore iPhone from Backup?
As we know, we can use iPhone backup password to secure our iTunes backup. However, what if we forgot or misplace it with unknown one? We cannot restore the backup without the right password any more. So in order to use the backup to restore, we have to get the password at first. We have demonstrated how to recover iTunes backup password on Windows before. Now, what I will discuss is how to recover iPhone backup password for Mac users as in this above case?
Generally, on Mac, we have 3 methods to recover iPhone backup password. And we can also remove the password then you won’t need to enter the password every time you use it.
Method 1: Try Possible Passwords to Meet the Fortune
This is the most simple and basic method we should try. When you realize that your password is forgotten, you will try some other possible passwords used before. Here, I have a list to give you some inspiration to recall your old password.
Apple ID password
iTunes Store password
Windows administrator password
The "Passcode" you used to lock your iPhone
The passcode/lock code used on your iPhone when you first ever used the device
All sorts of variations of my children's names and birthdays
Admin password on the computer that was in effect the first time the iPhone was backed-up
The ones suggested here "0000", "1234", etc.
Method 2: Find the Password from Keychain on Your Mac
Mac users have a choice to save their passwords on Keychain while Windows users have not. Keychain utility is the program containing your passwords for website, wireless network, encrypted iTunes backup files and so on. So we cannot miss this chance to get our password back.
|Keychain option to find password|
• Open Keychain Access, located in /Applications/Utilities/.
• Use the Search box in the upper right corner and type "iphone backup".
• Double click the result, assuming something is found in Keychain.
• Check the box next to "Show password" and enter the Mac administrator password to reveal the lost password associated with the encrypted iPhone backup.
Method 3: Recover/Remove iTunes Backup Password with iPhone Backup Unlocker
The above two are free ways. If you can find the password with either of them, you are lucky. However, if you still cannot find the password, here is the another way – Use third party utility iPhone Backup Password Unlocker. It is designed for Windows users and so far, Mac version has not been unavailable. But does that mean you cannot use for Mac encrypted backup? Not at all. Why don’t we find out a workaround? We can transfer our encrypted backup on Mac to a windows computer. Learn how to transfer backup files from Mac to Windows computer.
Then follow the on-screen guide to perform it on Windows. So easy, isn’t it?