How can I find my iTunes backup password?

Karen Dumontet October 27, 2011

When I upgraded my iTunes it started asking me for a backup password and for another password to get to my messages. Can you please help me?

  1. unknown
    June 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    try "1234" mine seemed to work with that password,

  2. Deano
    March 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    basically send itunes to the recylce bin along with all your apps etc then download itunes once again making sure you connect you iphone via usb then go into recyle bin and click restore this should restore all date but no encryption password <<<<<< this is the method the tech specialist apparently used when i had this problem hope it works.

  3. Otri2000
    November 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    ok The Solution to this problem....if u actually havent encrpted password...and u dont know the password..
    then your password is your own NAME...
    just type in your own name and the backup will be decrypted.

    • Gsidhurocks
      November 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      But what if it doesnt work. All my pics and apps and EVERYTHING  will be lost!!

    • shane
      May 31, 2012 at 2:46 am

      You are a life saver...... This has finally worked after 4.5 hours of wasting my time reading and trying other suggestions..

      Thanks again, may your life be as you wish!

    • Hobu
      June 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Its does t work

  4. Mike
    October 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Basically all you can do is test all the passwords you ever used for your Apple ID, iPhone and what not...

    The official knowledge article about iTunes and encrypted backups states that if you forgot the password your data is unrecoverable and these [old encrypted] backups are no longer usable.

  5. Jay
    October 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

    try possible passwords.
    1. your windows login passowrd (password of your computer)
    2. password of itunes.
    3. password on apple device
    4.password for any app
    5. 12345 or 0000

    TRy to remeber the password that you set for anything related to appple store, apps, etc

    Based on stories by :

    October 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Hello, what device is it that you use with itunes?  Is is an Iphone?  you might try the following:

    -- disconnect your device
    -- reconnect device
    -- in itunes, select Restore


    -- disconnect your device
    -- reconnect device
    -- if asked to restore from backup or create new, click on cancel
    -- do not be surprised if restore
    from backup starts automatically

    Also you might try using your screen lock password to see if it works, if nothing else works you might as well try 0000

    • Hellothere
      April 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

       what about if i can open them with notepad?

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