How to remove encryption from an iTunes iOS Backup.

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Remove encryption from an iTunes iOS Backup


When you create a backup of your iOS device with iTunes, you will be given an option to encrypt your backup, so that your information is then locked and encoded. This article provides information on how to remove encryption from your iTunes backup (how to turn off encryption on iPhone) as well as details on what to do if you don't remember your original encryption password.

To remove the encryption from an iTunes iOS backup if you know the password, follow these steps...

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

 How to turn off encryption on iPhone.

If you do not remember your encryption password, reset it on your device...

For devices using iOS 11 or later, you can make a new encrypted backup of your device by resetting the password, as detailed below:

  1. Under Settings on your iOS device, go to General, then find Reset at the bottom of the list.
  2. Choose Reset All Settings and enter your device passcode.
  3. Tap Reset All Settings to confirm. You won't lose any user data, media or passwords, this will only reset your settings like display brightness, home screen layout, and wallpaper. Importantly, this will also remove your encrypted backup password.
  4. Connect your iOS device to iTunes again and create a new backup. As detailed in the previous steps, make sure to uncheck the 'Encrypt Local Backup' Option.

Recover data from your iTunes backup

Should need you to retrieve data from the backup iTunes created of your iOS device, iBackup Extractor can help you with this. You can recover your iPhone contacts, messages, photos, notes and more!

Download the free demonstration version of iBackup Extractor today, to extract 20 items without any signups. Full version works with an unlimited number of iOS devices and backups.

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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...