My iPhone stopped working but I have encrypted backups on my machine. I won't get a new iPhone but I obviously want to extract all my data. Is there any tool how I can extract the data without buying a new iPhone?

I know about many 3rd party tools, but they all have a cost behind it, and I'm wondering if you know a way to do this.

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You can decrypt an iTunes Encrypted Backup (when the password is known) using backup_tool.py from iphone-dataprotection on Google Code.

Navigate to an suitable destination in Terminal, then run the following:

hg clone https://code.google.com/p/iphone-dataprotection/
python iphone-dataprotection/python_scripts/backup_tool.py ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup/backupname decrypted

Replace backupname with the encrypted backup folder name.

The tool will prompt you for the encryption password, then output the decrypted backup to the folder ‘decrypted’.

  • I do have the password, but is there any more information about this tool? I would like to not run my data through a CLI tool I know nothing more of but the name.
    – supersize
    Dec 14, 2016 at 12:47
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    @supersize You can read the python code of the tool before you run it, I have experience with the tool I've used it a few times but it's been a long time and I don't have a source of any more information, there might be more available on the Google Code but that's basically shut down now
    – grg
    Dec 14, 2016 at 12:51

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