You’ve had a bad day and lost the password to your iPhone/iPad backup file in iTunes? Don’t get frustrated and join the crowd. Every day someone forgets their passwords and online forums are full of posts arguing and debating on that same old problem. But you don’t have to delve into the matter and digest all that useless information.
Because we have already found the solutions. See here how to recover access to iOS backup files stored in iTunes.
You are going to learn how to reset your password and then try to recover it. The pros and cons of each option will be discussed below.
If you can’t remember your password and the backup file does not contain any valuable data, then resetting the password would be the easiest and fastest way for you. Creating a new backup will automatically destroy the old password along with the previous backup.
Early versions of iOS did not allow pulling such tricks but starting with iOS 11 you can create new backups that will remove old ones and reset forgotten passwords.
Here is what you need to do:
The pros of the method:
If you’re not happy with this easy method then try to recover your password and save your backup.
Passcovery Suite is a great tool that will help you restore the original password to your iPhone's backup file and regain access to backup data in all versions of iOS.
All you have to do is specify the ranges of values to be checked and start the search.
Here's how you do it:
Please take special care while setting a range of possible passwords to be verified. The encryption of iOS backup files is quite tricky which slows down the process of password recovery. Therefore, the more precise and specific the range, the less time it will take to process it. It’s a good idea to use an extended mask and mutation of relevant dictionaries.
First you need to install the program on your computer. Download a suitable free demo version from the official website.
To install the program read and accept the license terms. A demo version has no restrictions of password search capabilities, however when it finds the password it will display only the first two characters. Before purchasing you have a chance to evaluate the speed and functional performance of the program.
To select an encrypted backup file, click “Open file ...” button, or go to “File → Open” menu or use the “Ctrl + O” hotkey. Such files are saved in iTunes as Manifest.plist to specific folders for different versions of Windows:
The program offers three methods to find a password (they are also called password attacks). Choose a method based on what you know about the password:
Brute force attack takes much time. You’d better use it when you don’t know anything about the password and you have to check all possible combinations.
Based on the scenario defined by you the program will generate passwords. This way you cut off a great deal of unnecessary checks.
See examples of using an extended mask in Passcovery Suite here.
You can link up to four dictionaries and specify the word changing rules (mutations).
See examples of using dictionary attack in Passcovery Suite here.
You are so well-equipped now to recover the password of your iPhone backup file. Just click Finish and the program will start searching.
The time it takes to recover a password depends on several factors:
Once the password is found it will be displayed as a link. You can write the password down or just click on it to copy to clipboard.
Lost or forgotten passwords of iTunes backup files is a problem many iPhone users have to deal with every day. This short article describes two possible solutions. Each of the solutions has its strong and weak points. But in the end it’s always up to you to choose – to reset the password and lose the encrypted data or recover the password using Passcovery Suite and regain access to your backup file.
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