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How to Encrypt Your iTunes Backups

By Emily Watson, Monday, September 11, 2017

Data security is of great concern all over the world nowadays in this era of data. That's why people should form such a good habit to regularly back up their iPhone/iPad/iPod. However, backups of content, official or private, are not supposed to be exposed to others. Thus, it's important to encrypt your backup with an exclusive password.

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iTunes Backup Encryption is able to not only apply an extra layer of security for your significant data but also include information that unencrypted iTunes backups don't:

  • Your saved passwords

  • Wi-Fi settings

  • Website history

  • Health data

iTunes doesn't by default encrypt a backup, so you have to enable iTunes Backup Encryption by yourself. In the following section, I'll show you how to encrypt an iTunes backup and check out whether it's encrypted as well as the way to turn it off.

How to Encrypt An iTunes Backup?

To protect your iTunes backup with a password, you should above all download and install the latest version of iTunes on your Win/Mac computer. Then, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your PC.

Step 2. Use USB cable to connect your iPhone and iTunes.

Step 3. Click on the Phone-like icon to access "Summary" page.

Step 4. Scroll down to "Backups" section and tick up "Encrypt iPhone backup" option.

Step 5. Set a rememberable password twice and click on "Set Password".

Set Password

Step 6. Now, iTunes will start backing up your iPhone. Please wait until the process finishes and make sure devices stay connected until it completes.

Encrypting iTunes Backup

Note that the password is of vital importance. With the password, anyone cannot access or restore the iTunes backup, not even the Apple experts. So, please bear the password in mind or put it down on a memo and keep it safe.

How to Check Whether The Backup Is Encrypted?

If you're not sure whether or not the backup is encrypted, you can go for a check by yourself. However, the steps are a bit varied on a Windows PC and Mac computer.

Step 1.

Windows: At the top panel bar, please select "Edit" and click on "Preferences".

Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, please select "Edit" and click on "Preferences".

Step 2. Click and choose the "Devices" tab.

Step 3. You're able to check out the backups in the middle with information like device name, backup date and time. If the backup is encrypted, you should see a "Lock" icon to the right of your device's name.

Backup Is Encrypted

How to Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption?

If you don't need to encrypt the iTunes backup, you can turn the encryption off. It's easy to do so. What you should do is to navigate to "Summary" page and uncheck the "Encrypt iPhone Backup" option. Then, a window pops up asking you to enter the password to unlock your iPhone backup. Please type in your password.

Turn Off iTunes Backup Encryption

Since it's a really important point, I'd like to emphasize it one more time at the end of this guide - REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD! If you're not a person of good memory, I'd like to strongly recommend you to write down or share someone trustworthy with this exclusive password.


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