iPhone Backup is Encrypted and Cannot Restore after iOS 7.1 Update

restore iPhone after iOS 7.1 update

iOS 7.1 update

iOS 7.1 Update is Available

On Monday, 10th, March, Apple released the first major update to iOS 7 — iOS 7.1 — fixing numerous bugs such as one that caused random reboots of the iPhone 5s, iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air when they were running iOS 7.

Apple has also made adjustments to improve performance on older devices like the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and third-generation iPad, addressing some of the most popular complaints with its most recent mobile operating system.

However, you cannot avoid losing data on iPhone iOS update. So backing up your iPhone before update, restore or jailbreak is a must-do thing. Even in unexpected cases, you can restore iPhone from backup and you won’t lose data. But there is another problem some users encountered – iTunes needs password to restore iPhone from backup.

How to Restore iPhone from Encrypted Backup

As we know, if the backup is encrypted, we cannot restore it to your iPhone without the right password. So what can we do if we lost iPhone backup password? Find the password before restore of course. Well, below I will give you some advices to find the iTunes backup encryption password in order to restore iPhone from backup.

Advice 1: Try Possible Password You Ever Used Frequently

This is the most regular method you should have a try after you realized the password loss. Some passwords list is as below:

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.

Advice 2: Use Keychain Utility on Mac to Find the Forgotten/Lost iTunes Backup Password

Mac users may be familiar with Keychain utility, the program containing your passwords for Websites, wireless networks and encrypted iTunes backup file, etc. So when you forgot iTunes backup password, you can use keychain to see if the password is still on.

How to:

  • 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.

Advice 3: Use Third Party iPhone Backup Password Unlocker to Recover/Remove It

iPhone backup encrypted

Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker

If you still have no fortune to get the password from the above methods, try something like professional 3-rd party software – iPhone Backup Unlocker here recommended.

It is designed by Tenorshare aiming to recovering/removing forgotten or lost password on iTunes backup.

Only Windows version is designed as far, but you can transfer your encrypted backup files to Windows PC if you are a Mac user. Just as easy as you think, have a try.


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