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To protect sensitive data, such as passwords, Wi-Fi settings, website history, and health data, one can use password protection and encrypt backups in iTunes. In case it is no longer necessary, how to turn off iTunes encryption?

This article provides information on how to unencrypt iPhone backup and achieve eternal greatness. Select one of the options below:

iTunes backup encryption

iTunes offers an encryption option to protect backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch stored on your computer. Encrypted backups can include information that unencrypted backups don’t:

✔ saved passwords;
✔ Wi-Fi settings;
✔ website history;
✔ call history.

The first time you encrypt your backup, the combination is saved on your device. From now on, it is regarded as a default backup password.

iTunes doesn’t let you know the backup is encrypted until it is time to restore.

💡 If you want to validate your backup and check the backup password upon creation, use CopyTrans Shelbee.

Turn off iTunes encryption

You can easily turn off iPhone encryption without iTunes using CopyTrans Shelbee – iPhone backup software for your Windows PC. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Shelbee:

    Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. If you need help installing the program, refer to the installation guide.

  3. Navigate to Backup > Full backup > Encryption. When selecting an option to back up your iPhone, choose encryption tab to encrypt your device

  4. Now click the “Remove” tab, enter the current password, click “Remove” and begin backing your phone up by clicking “Start”.

    Remove encryption password for an iPhone backup
    NOTE: the password will be removed after the backup begins.

Why people choose CopyTrans Shelbee:

🔹 Choose any folder to store your backup, as well as change the default backup folder set by iTunes.;

🔹 Validate integrity of the backup file after each backup*;

🔹 Add password protection at any time to encrypt your backup;

🔹 Choose between a full Backup or only Latest changes backup;

🔹 Set up reminders when it’s time to do a backup;

🔹 Restore selected data;

🔹 Restore apps to any iOS device with ease even if they have been removed from the App Store after **;

🔹 Restore data from a corrupted iTunes backup.

Get a free test version

* Unlike iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee validates integrity of each backup after it is done. Let’s say you have done 10 consecutive backups over a period of time, attempt #3 was corrupted in the process, but you were never made aware of this. That means that the rest of them were done in vain. Restore attempt will give you an error message. We make sure this does not happen.
** Provided you made a backup with CopyTrans Shelbee v2.1 and above before they were removed from the App Store.


Turn off encrypt iPhone backup

in iTunes

Below we will show you how to uncheck encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes:

  1. First, open iTunes and connect your iOS device.

  2. From the “Summary” tab of your iDevice settings in iTunes, uncheck the “Encrypt iPhone backup” option. Encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes

  3. When prompted, enter the encryption password and click “OK”. enter-backup-password

  4. iTunes will now create another backup of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch which will not be encrypted. Backup in process

  5. This is how to turn off encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes!

💡 If you forgot your backup password, please refer to the article I forgot my iPhone backup password.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.