If Apple users want to sign in iCloud or restore iOS device from iCloud backup, besides Apple ID password can be used to log in iCloud, iTunes password is another effective option to restore iOS device if you don`t have Apple ID.
You need to use iTunes back up password for purchase video, pictures or app from APP store or restore your iPhone. But if iTunes backup is encrypted and password forgot or lost, iTunes backup password recovery would be necessary at first if you want to restore iOS device from this backup.
You can recover your forgotten iTunes back up password through Mac or Windows, just follow this tips to recover your iTunes backup password without Apple ID.
Method 1. Recover the forgotten iTunes back up password with iTunes Password Backup Software.
iTunes Password Backup Software focus on iTunes backup password recovery. With iTunes Password Genius, which will help you unlock your iPhone/iPad/iPod backup to restore contacts, calendars, notes, audio, videos, apps, photos, and settings. It supports Windows OS such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. Here are guides for you to recover your forgotten iTunes password step by step.
Step 1: Get iTunes Password Backup Software trial version or full version.
According to the possible iTunes backup password length, choose appropriate version of iTunes Password Genius. Install and run it on your computer.
Note: If backup password is not longer than 3 charaters, you can download trial version to have a try.
Step 2: Add encrypted iTunes backup file into iTunes backup password recovery software.
Click Open button and iTunes password recovery software would automatically help you find the possible or latest iTunes backup file. You just need to click OK to import it into software. Surely if it is not the backup file you have to recover password, you could just click Add File button to browse and choose the right iTunes backup. Then open it inEncrypted File box.
Step 3: Set iTunes backup password recovery type.
Four powerful password recovery types are available here. Make general settings (password length and password range) and choose one appropriate from them according to forgotten password characteristics.
For example, if you remember part of password, choose "Mask" and set "Mask" parameter like this "6??". Use "?" character instead of forgotten character. If you don’t know anything about iTunes backup password, "Brute-Force" is a good choice.
Step 4: Click Start button to finish encrypted iTunes backup password recovery on Windows computer.
So as you know, there are two utilities that would always work for iTunes backup password recovery on Mac and Windows. They are powerful iTunes Password Genius for Mac and iTunes Password Genius for Windows.
Method 2. Recover the forgotten iTunes back up password through Mac
Mac computer has a Keychain that can help Apple users to recover their forgotten iTunes back up password. Here are the steps for you to recover iTunes back up password through Mac.
Step 1: Open Keychain Access utility from Application > Utilities.
Step 2: Search "iPhone" in the upper right search field and then look for a keychain item named "iPhone Backup" of kind "application password". (Take iPhone as example here)
Step 3: Double click "iPhone Backup" and click on the "Show password" checkbox in the new window.
Step 4: A message will prompt you to enter Mac lock password to show iPhone backup password. Click Allow. Then you would see the iPhone backup password in clear text.
When finished the iTunes back up password recovery, you can refer to the Best Password Manager For Iphone for tips to manage your iPhone password. If you lost your iTunes back up password again, remember to follow this article to get it back.