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How to remove encryption from an iTunes iOS Backup.

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To remove the encryption from an iTunes iOS backup, follow these steps...

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Connect your device to your computer via the USB cable.
  3. Select your device in iTunes and ensure the Summary tab is selected.
  4. Uncheck the "Encrypt Local Backup" option.

Further Information

iBackup Extractor is able to read most content in an encrypted iTunes backup of an iOS device. However, some elements may still be unreadable if the content is encrypted.

To remove the encryption from an iTunes backup:

  • Connect the iOS device to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Start iTunes.
  • Select the device from the list in iTunes and ensure the Summary tab is selected.
  • Under the "Backups" header, uncheck the 'Encrypt Local Backup' Option.
  • You'll need to enter the original password which you set to confirm.

Encrypt local backup option in iTunes

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Latest Comments

stephen kettyles wrote...
Hi there, i have just purchased backup to restore an iPad backup. the backup was created in iOS 7.0.3 and i am trying to restore to iOS 8.1.2. The backup was encrypted.

I open the app and select the backup, it then asks me for the password which i enter. I can then see all the infer in the backup. When I choose restore I can see the two iPad versions under the compare screen with the option to continue, after choosing this i select restore. After a short time of looking like it will work i get an error message with ERROR invalid password. please specify the correct password with the --password option.

The password is obviously correct as I am able to explore the backup. Please help as I was fixing this iPad for someone and it is now back to factory condition.....
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@stephen kettyles Unfortunately we cannot provide a solution for this problem at this time and our support team are investigating further. Please contact our support team for a refund on your purchase from here...