How to Turn Off Backup Encryption From Your iOS Device

One of the features the iTunes app provides you with is the ability to create encrypted backups of your iOS-based devices. Using the feature, you can create secure backups that can contain your sensitive information such as your login passwords. However, there are users who may not want to create such backups and therefore this guide will teach you to disable encrypted backup from device.

Officially, Apple does not provide you with an option to disable encryption right from your iOS-based device. However, there is a workaround that allows you to accomplish the task using the very basic steps. If you are not sure how you can do it on your iPhone or iPad, the following guide has got all the steps you need to do the task. Let's check it out:

Part 1: Steps to Disable Encrypted Backup from Device

One of the ways you can disable encrypted backup from your iPhone or iPad is by resetting all the settings on your device and then setting it up as a new one. If you are not sure how to do it, here are the steps you can follow to do the task.

On your iPhone or iPad, launch the Settings app and tap on the option that says General.

On the screen that follows, scroll all the way down and tap on Reset. That is where your reset options are located.

When the reset device screen appears, find and tap on the option that says Reset All Settings.

reset all settings

When all the settings on your device are reset, connect your device to your computer and click on Back Up Now in iTunes to create a backup of your device.

You are all set. You have disabled encryption from your iOS-based device. Although the steps may seem like they are not leading to the task you want to do on your device, they get the job done for you as you can see on your device.

Part 2: How to Turn Off iOS Backup Encryption in iTunes

If you often create backups of your iOS devices using the iTunes app on your computer, you might want to completely disable the encryption option. That way the backups you make in the future will not ask you to enter a password to open them.

Fortunately, the iTunes app comes with the option to let you enable and disable encryption for your iOS backups. Once you have chosen an option, it will create your backups accordingly.

The following steps show where to find that option and how to disable iOS backup encryption:

The first thing you will need to do is open the iTunes app on your computer. If you are a Windows user, double-click on the iTunes icon on your desktop and the app will launch. Mac users can launch the app from their Dock or Launchpad.

When the iTunes app opens, connect your iOS-based device to your computer using a compatible cable.

iTunes should recognize your device. Click on youvicr dee in the app, click on the Summary tab, and then uncheck the option that reads Encrypt iPhone backup.


The app will ask you to enter your backup password to remove encryption. Do so and it will let you continue.

You are done. The encryption feature of iTunes has been successfully disabled and your future iOS backups will no longer be encrypted. It also means you will not be able to store your confidential information in your backups.You can enable the feature at any time should you want to do it.

Part 3: How to Recover iTunes Backup Password When You Forgot It

If you have noticed, the above procedure of disabling backup encryption in iTunes requires you to enter your backups password. What if you have forgotten the password? Well, officially, that means you cannot use your backups as those are protected by the password.

There is a software, though, that allows you to recover the passwords for your iTunes backups. The software is called PassFab iPhone Backup Unlocker and it has been developed by Tenorshare. The aim of the software is to help you quickly decrypt the password of your iTunes backups.

If you wish to use the software but are not quite sure how it works, the following will help you out.

Step 1: Head over to the official website of the software and download and install the software on your computer.

Step 2:Launch the software and click on the option that says Retrieve iTunes backup password. It will let you recover your backup password.


Step 3:On the following screen, find and click on the backup you want to retrieve the password for. Then, click on the button that says Next to continue.

backup list

Step 4:You will be asked to choose an attack type for recovery. Choose any of the attacks shown on your screen and click on Start.

dictionary attack

Step 5: The following screen will let you configure the attack you have chosen. Wait while the software recovers the password for your backup. It will not take too long, though.

Finally, you will see the pas-sword of your backup on your screen. Click on Copy to copy the password to your clipboard.


You may now use the recovered password to disable encryption for your backups in iTunes.


If you wish to disable encrypted backup from device, our guide above should help you do it using a workaround as there is no official option available to do the task. We hope it helps you remove encryption from your future iOS backups.

Updated on / Posted by Shirley Howard to iTunes Backup / Follow @Shirley Howard


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