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    Quote Originally Posted by vodaholic View Post
    Don't know if this helps but I've tried loads of solutions and even with a custom password list the elcomsoft phone password recovery software couldn't find any results. Some people have noted that it uses a random password frm passwords you've stored on your device so try your facebook password, email account, lock code etc. None worked for me but you might want to try this first.

    After a few days of scouring forums I had to do it a convoluted way in the end.




    I installed iFunbox and copied the keychain-2.db file to my PC after making a backup of it in the same directory on the iPhone (var/keychains)

    I then deleted the file from my iPhone and reconnected it to iTunes. This meant all passwords had been deleted (albeit temporarily) from my iPhone. I then selected the encrypted backup option again, entered a new password (make sure you take note of it) and started a backup then cancelled it which created a new keychain-2.db file in var/keychains. I then removed the encrypt option. This asked me for a password but it was set to the new password I'd just entered so the tick was then removed.

    I then exported and opened the new keychain-2.db file in sqllite browser (do a search and download it, it's free). I then opened my original file in sqllite browser. The reason I did it this way is because for some reason my keychain files displayed a load of gobbledigook in sqllite browser so I couldn't determine what was the itunes password. Maybe because I'm running iTunes 10.5 but people have previously stated that the files are shown in plain English. Mine weren't.

    I then compared the genp tables in sqllite browser until I found the record that had the same set of symbols in the acct column as that in the new keychain-2.db file I'd created as this would be the iTunes password I'd just created. No other records existed in the new keychain file.

    I then deleted that record in sqllite browser, saved and imported back into var/keychains using iFunbox.

    The encrypted option is no longer ticked and I can make unencrypted backups. I will definitely not be ticking that box again!!!

    I know it sounds really long and laborious but if you follow it step by step it isn't as long as you think. I've no previous experience of this and I found all thge info from scouring various forums and piecing it all together to create my own solution. Also, if you're lucky enough to have your keychains file display as plain English in sqllite browser then you can just delete the record that says it is your itunes backup password. Make sure you backup your keychain-2.db file first just in case. I also deleted any encrypted backups I had before backing up again just in case.

    Hope it makes sense. It really does work!
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    Hello sir. Good day to you. ive been trying to search youtube and google on this problem until i came to read your solution. however im not that pretty good with computers and such. may i ask a favor please if its ok with you. kindly make a step by step procedure on your solution, consider me as a student who really need to go to step by step instruction.. i would really appreciate your help.. thank you very much in advance... by the way is this for MAC only or its also doable on windows 7..? ( im doing this on my iphone 4s, itunes keep on asking password for backup files which i didnt put any)
    Last edited by xwancho; 08-15-2012 at 12:53 PM.

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    When met such problem, we usually can refer to Google search. Such as Google search: "iTunes asking for backup password". There will be lost of solutions for us!

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    I had the same sort of problem. Somehow when I decided to do an ipad synch by cable the machine told me I had to install a software update. I wasn't really paying too much attention, so I just clicked through on the "OK" button and then suddenly found it had done a complete factory restore, and all my data was gone. I thought "no problem", I'll just do a restore from a recent backup. That's when it started asking for the dreaded password. I know all my passwords, but each time the machine would turn the hourglass for a few mins and then tell me the password was wrong. Finally I cracked it.
    Ipad Password: Wrong!
    iMac Password: Wrong!
    iTunes Password: Right!

    So there you have it. It seems it is asking for your iTunes password.

    I hope this helps someone else, and if it does, please post here!

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    I've the identical problem; I do believe it's asking for the encryption password, though in my case, could not recall encrypting the backup and I haven't entered it in Splash ID. I ended up using an external program to decrypt the password "iPhone Backup Unlocker" It worked like a charm. I only downloaded its standard version. With that it gave me the first three letters and the rest were blocked out with ***. The result is just as 123***. This however was enough for me to recall the password.

    Hope my experience also helps you!


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    I also got a similar problem about iTunes asking for a backup password. At that time I was so confused and I fele regret and I asked myself why I encrypted the iTunes backup password and then lost it. But that was realy what I don't want to see. I just need to find out the iTunes backup password.

    I even Google searched "iTunes asking for backup password" and tried every method they asked. But it seemed that I was not so lucky, none of them helped. Finally I had to use a tool named SmartKey iTunes Backup Password Recovery. I don't know what you think of it but it worked for me! It helped me figure out my iTunes backup password easy, quickly and successfully!


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