Disable Backup Password in iTunes

How to Disable Backup Password for iTunes, iPhone, iPad and iPod

2012-10-28 03:25:29 / Posted by Shawn Hamilton to iPhone Backup Password
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Have you ever been trying to restore iPad/iPhone/iPod after jailbreak, and suddenly there was a pop-up window saying: "The attached device has a backup password set. You need to disable the backup password in iTunes before you can continue"?

This must happen to a lot of us, especially if you try to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod. In this case, we have nothing to do but to disable iPhone backup password in iTunes via iPhone Backup Unlocker. Well, lucky for you, this guide is just the one that aims to teach you how to disable backup password for iOS devices: iPhone 5s, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS; iPad Air, iPad mini 2 with Retina display and more iPads, iPod touch.

This guide will tell us how to disable iPhone backup password in 3 steps. Besides, it works for disabling iTunes backup password for the newest iOS 7.1 devices.

Part 1. How to Disable Backup Password in iTunes via iPhone Backup Unlocker

Step 1: Add Key Container File to iPhone Backup Unlocker

Once encrypted, there will be a file called "Key Container File" in the iTunes backup file, which the software could be able to detect and find directory of automatically once you click "Open".

disable backup password

Note: Generally, iPhone backup unlocker wil help you find the encrypted backp files automatically. If it does not do this for you, you need to import the files manually. Refer to this to learn where is iTunes backup located on computer.

Step 2. Choose an Attack Type and Set Accordingly

As you could notice from the picture above, there are three attack typesprovided for disabling iTunes backup password, which included in the "Type of Attack" bar - Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack and Dictionary Attack for disabling backup password in iTunes. Here we take Brute-force with Mask Attack as the example.

Before setting for the attack, left click your mouse to choose the attack.

disable itunes backup password

Then click "Setting" next to the attack, then you would get a window showing "Password Length Options", "Character Range Options" and "Affix Set". You are required to set these options according to how much you remember about the lost password. Set accurately and properly, the decryption speed would be greatly speeded up.

disable backup password in itunes

Step 3. Start the Program to Find Backup Password

Press "Start", and the program would get your order and start to run the program. Within a few minutes, your password will be displayed on the window like below.

disable iphone backup password

Next time you need to recover iTunes backup password, feel free to seek professional help from iPhone Backup Recovery which saves your time and energy by efficiently recovering password for you.

Step 4. Turn Off iPhone Backup Password

Next, you should start iTunes, and enter the password to disable iPhone backup password or disable iPad backup password in iTunes. Now iPhone Backup Unlocker is also able to remove iTunes backup password for you. You can download it for a try. Learn more >> How to Remove Forgotten iPhone Backup Password.


Part 2: How to Disable iTunes Backups Process

This command will change a hidden setting in the iTunes preferences that will force it to skip the backup process.

1. Quit iTunes.
2. Open Terminal.app (found in /Applications/Utilities/)
3. Copy and paste this in, then hit return:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true
4. Open iTunes
5. Plug in your iPhone (2.0 or 3G) and sync.
It will take a few seconds, assuming you don't have a ton of music or podcasts.
Changing the 'true' in step 3 to 'false' will re-enable the backup feature.

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