Need to know how to change your iPhone backup password on iTunes? If you are looking to change your iPhone backup password, you most likely have forgotten the password you used to encrypt your backup file, and now cannot restore your stuff. Bummer. Unfortunately, the only way currently known to work around Apple’s protection scheme and gain access to your old data is to use special software to unlock the password. The recommended tool is Elcomsoft’s iPhone Password Breaker, which is legal to use, by the way.
- Download and install the iPhone Password Breaker. If you do not wish to pay for the latest version, there is an older beta version floating around which is free. This is not cracked software or torrent; Elcomsoft itself released this to everyone before it launched the full retail product. Or, shell out the $79 for the home edition or $199 for the pro edition.
- Select the backup file you need to recover the password for. Select File, then Open, and select your manifest.plist file (your backup file). The file will usually be in one of the following folders: for a Mac, ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. For Windows XP, \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\.
- Select your options. The program uses brute-force dictionary attacks, which means it tries every sort of word and combination thereof. You can select the options needed to try to recover your iPhone password here, such as using special characters or not, checking all lowercase and uppercase letters, etc. The more complex the options, the longer the password recovery will take, so try to choose only the options you need. If you are the sort of person who chooses passwords like “fluffybuns,” your recovery should be quite quick with even the most basic options selected.
- Run the recovery. Once you select your options, select Start, then Recovery, and wait. This might take a while. Maybe even days if your password was very complicated. Once it is done, your iPhone password will be revealed, and you can go back into iTunes and restore your backup. Now, next time you encrypt, you can change your iPhone backup password to something you will remember. Happy day!
This solution is geared for most passwords that use normal English words. If you put in a strong password using lots of symbols, lower- and upper-case letters, numbers, etc., this may take a long time to run.