Is there a way I can delete all my encrypted iPhone backups for which I forgot the password, so that I can start backing up from fresh?
At the moment I'm stuck in this loop (below) which I can't seem to exit
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To delete the backups, go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices. All iPhone backups will be listed here. Highlight them, then hit Delete.
But if you're using a Mac, I would first try to see if you can find the password in your Keychain (from discussions.apple.com):
- Go to the "keychain access " app.
- Under "Keychains" select "Login"
- Under "Category" select "Passwords"
- Scroll down and look for "iPhone Backup"
- Double click and a window opens
- Check the box that says "Show Password"
- A window pops up asking for your OS X account password
- Type in that password and voila!
The password is stored on the device!
You can’t restore an encrypted backup without its password. With iOS 11 or later, you can make a new encrypted backup of your device by resetting the password. Here’s what to do:
You won't be able to use previous encrypted backups, but you can back up your current data using iTunes and setting a new backup password.
If you have a device with iOS 10 or earlier, you can't reset the password. In this case, try the following:
Change your iPhone backup settings and start backing up to iCloud instead. You can do that either via iTunes on your Mac or if the password window is preventing you from doing so do it from your iPhone by navigating to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > iCloud Backup ON.
The next time you connect your iPhone to iTunes, the iTunes backups should be gone along with the message asking for your password.
Once you effectuate a full iOS backup to the iCloud, you can revert back to making backups with iTunes instead.