Have you ever encountered the situation: You want to restore your iPod but the iTunes held you back, because you don’t have the password to unlock the encrypted iPod backup?
If yes, or you lost iPod backup password due to other reasons, please read on… This article will give you solutions.
What is iPod Backup Password?
iOS devices can use an optional encrypted backup feature that protects all backups with a strong encryption layer and password, meaning those backups are both unusable and unreadable without that password. If you’d like more security with your iPod backups, be sure to enable the encryption feature in iTunes.
* Connect your iPod to your computer and select the device in iTunes
* Click on the ‘Summary’ tab
* Scroll down to “Options” and click on “Encrypt iPod backup”
* Select a password at the prompt
* Click “Set Password”
But there is another frustrating situation: You never set a password on your iPod backup in iTunes, when you want to use the backup to restore your iPod, iTunes asks for a password indescribably. As a matter of fact, this is because the safari settings are linked to the iTunes store brower, enabling the cookies again fixed everything and you can login no problem. To enable cookies in safari, open up the preferences and go to the privacy tab then change the “block cookies” settings. After that, you should be good to go.
But what if the method can’t work? You can try some other methods.
Method one: Try All Possible Passwords Ever Used to Unlock the Encrypted iPod Backup
Firstly, you should be optimistic for a fortune that you can meet the right iTunes backup password with the passwords you ever used before, some are listed below. Hope it gives you useful clue to find your iPod backup password.
Apple ID password, iTunes Store password, windows administrator password, the “Passcode” you used to lock your iPod, the passcode/lock code used on your iPod when you first ever used the device, the ones suggested here “0000″, “1234″, etc.
And you can try more other passwords you have any memory. This is to some extent a way of taking your chance, but it deserves a try since it is free and you don’t need to pay for it.
However, when all to no avail, you may have to use a third-party utility. There has been iTunes backup password recovery designed to recover lost password on iTunes backup for your iDevices( iPhone, iPad, iPod are all included). So go to the method two given in the below.
Method Two: Recover iPod Backup Password with Pro Software – Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker
If all the above effort to find the password on your iTunes backup is out of operation, there is still powerful tool to help you crack the password. Let’s explore it together.
Step 1: Get pro tool – iPhone Backup Unlocker. Set it up and run it on computer based on Windows OS (It doesn’t work for Mac).
Note: For Mac users, please go to recover iTunes backup password on Mac.
Step 2: Import the targeted encrypted backup file. The tool will lead you to import file by clicking “Open”.
Note: There are different file stored path for different Windows OS:
On Windows 8/7/Vista, the file is stored in:
\Users\ (username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
On Win XP, the file stored in:
\Documents and Settings\ (username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Step 3: Opt for the right Attack Mode for password. Choose one of the three ways of attack modes given by this tool: Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack and Dictionary Attack.
The Brute-force Attack tries all possible character. So it will cost you relatively long time to get password. So, you can take a tea time; then the backup password will be found.
The Brute-force with Mask Attack will shorten attacking time if you can support more info on your forgotten password.
The Dictionary Attack will try kinds of words from a relatively exhaustive dictionary list that can be provided by yourself or the defaulted by the program.
Step 4: Start to crack your forgotten iPod backup password.
A few while later, the password will appear in a box. You can copy the password to unlock the encrypted backup now.
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