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There are many reasons why you might want to encrypt iPhone backup. First of all, encryption provides better device protection and security.

Another reason is related to company device usage terms. Users with an MDM (Mobile Device Management) client configured on their iPhones, iPads, or PCs cannot fully use CopyTrans Contacts and CopyTrans Shelbee. This is because some companies’ security policies require employees to set up a backup password, but this password hasn’t been configured on the device yet.

Learn how to set up a password for your iOS backup:

Encrypted backups

What does encrypt backup mean?

One can easily secure data using iPhone backup encryption password.

iPhone encrypted backup may contain:

✔ iPhone passwords for Wi-Fi;
✔ email accounts;
✔ websites;
✔ call history;
✔ and some apps.

💡 If you are not sure this is what you want, see our article about what an iOS backup password is.

Save your iPhone backup encryption password in a safe place after creating it. Next time you restore your data, you’ll be asked for this password and you cannot restore unless you enter the correct one.

CopyTrans Shelbee and iTunes cannot help you recover a forgotten password. If you don’t remember the password, use our backup password recovery tips.

Encrypt iPhone backup

with CopyTrans Shelbee

CopyTrans Shelbee is iPhone backup software for your Windows PC that you can use to add, remove or change iPhone backup encryption password.

CopyTrans Shelbee interface

💚 What CopyTrans Shelbee can do for you:

    – Add a password protection to encrypt your backup;

    – Choose any folder to store your backup;

    – Choose between a full backup or only latest changes backup;

    – Backup and restore apps;

    Selectively restore items.

Free download

Follow the steps below to add the password:

  1. Download CopyTrans Shelbee from the following page: Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Navigate to Backup > Full backup and click the “Encryption” button.
    forgot encrypt iphone backup password

  3. Add a password. To secure your iPhone backup with a password, (1) click the “Add password” tab, (2) create and confirm your password, (3) click “Apply” and (4) initialize the backup by clicking “Start”.
    Add a password and confirm it. Hit start to continue with the back up.

Check out our comparison table that lists the features of CopyTrans Shelbee, iTunes and iCloud. Makes it pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

CopyTrans Shelbee iTunes iCloud
Full backup Yes Yes Yes
Select backup type:
full vs lates changes
Yes No No
Encrypted backup Yes Yes No
Check backup integrity Yes No No
Check for password issues Yes No No
Choose backup folder Yes No No
Move default backup location Yes No No
Backup to external drive Yes No No
Backup apps in .ipa format Yes No No
Backup Password,
Wi-Fi settings,
browsing history
*only with encrypted backup
*only with encrypted backup
Full restore Yes Yes Yes
Restore selected data Yes
(only contacts or messages, etc)
No No
Restore of backup saved on PC Yes Yes No
WhatsApp Restore Yes Yes
*restore ALL data, not only WhatsApp
*restore ALL data, not only WhatsApp
Apps restore
(no longer exist in App Store)
*apps must be backed up before deletion
No No
Restore Password,
Wi-Fi settings,
browsing history
*only with encrypted backup
*only with encrypted backup
Restore from iCloud backup No No Yes
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iTunes backup password

  1. Open iTunes.

  2. Connect your device to your computer. Your connected device icon will be shown in the upper left-hand corner of the iTunes window. Set up an iOS backup password with iTunes

  3. Open the Summary tab and select “Encrypt [device] backup” in the Backups section. Encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes

This is how to encrypt iPhone backup. We hope the methods described in the article will help you back up your data in a safe and smooth way.

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