November 24, 2014

How to Decrypt iPad Air iTunes Backup

When I prepared to restore iPad Air from iTunes backup, I found it was encrypted and what’s worse, iTunes backup password is lost.

In fact, there are many ways you can choose. But the success rates are different. For example, some educated guess probably let you find iTunes backup password, and iTunes backup password recovery tool can help you to recover iTunes backup password with 100% guarantee. Now see the possible three methods in the following, and choose one that is available for your iPad.

Method 1: Try Guessed Password to Decrypt iPad Backup

Effectiveness: Low success rate, but possible helpful

Which kind of password would be used to protect iTunes backup? Let me think. You have Apple ID, passcode, default password, or Windows administrator password. So you can try these numbers or characters to unlock iTunes backup.

If failed, keep going on to another two ways to recover iPad backup password.

Method 2: Decrypt iTunes Backup with Keychain

Effectiveness: 50% success rate

If you are using a Mac computer, lost iTunes backup password may be recovered in Keychain.

1. Run Keychain Access utility from Application – Utilities.

2. Enter "iPad" in the top-right search field and then look for a keychain item named "iPad Backup" of kind "application password".

If there is no such item, iSunshare iTunes Password Genius is needed for iTunes backup password recovery.

3. Double click "iPad Backup" and click on the "Show password" checkbox in the new window.

4. You will now be prompted to enter your password to show the iPad backup password.
Click Allow (once). You should now see the iPad backup password in the clear text.

Method 3: Decrypt iTunes Backup with iTunes Password Recovery Tool

Effectiveness: 100% success rate guarantee

When you couldn’t decrypt encrypted iTunes backup password with above two methods, try this way please. With 100% success rate guarantee, iTunes backup password can be recovered easily with iTunes backup password recovery tool, such as iTunes Password Genius. But there are some tips you need to know when you use iTunes Password Genius.

  • Tip 1: Choose which version of iTunes Password Genius, trial or full version
    Trial version only can recover iTunes backup password less than 3 characters, while full version can recover any kinds of iTunes backup password.
  • Tip 2: How to select backup password recovery type
    Four password types, Brute-force, Mask, Dictionary and Smart are available for iPad backup password recovery. However, password recovery rate depends on which one type you have chosen and made settings. Read more>>
Now follow the steps to decrypt iTunes backup for iPad.

Step 1: Install and run iTunes Password Genius in your Windows computer.

decrypt iPad backup with iTunes password recovery tool

Step 2: Click Open button and add iTunes backup file into iTunes Password Genius.

Step 3: Choose and set password recovery type and click Start button.

In few seconds of minutes later, you will see a pop-up window showing iTunes backup password. Copy password and save it in text. Now connect your iPad Air to computer, and open it in iTunes. Click Restore backup, and you can decrypt iTunes backup for iPad with the recovered password.

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