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Should I Encrypt iPhone Backup?

By Wian LJ, Last updated: March 20, 2019

Are you caught up in the dilemma of data privacy? You might ask yourself, should I encrypt iPhone backup? Today we will tackle everything you need to know about encryption and the possible workaround.

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Part 1. How to encrypt iTunes Backup?

Keeping your files secured is one of your topmost priorities and so Apple makes sure that you get the most from it. You can easily seal your backup files in iTunes with encryption or a password so that no one can access it apart from you.

Remember that iTunes does not automatically encrypt your backups unless of course you choose to do it or turn on the automatic encryption; that’s the time iTunes will encrypt future backups.

Here are the steps on how to encrypt iTunes backup:

  1. Launch iTunes. Make it a habit to check for its latest update or version to ensure compatibility settings.
  2. Hook up your iOS device and click on the icon the appears on the iTunes
  3. Go to the Summary pane and proceed to the Backups part. From here you can click Backup Now and below that there is a checkbox for Encrypt iPhone Backup. Tick the box if you wish to set up a password
  4. Create a password that you would most likely remember. You may also choose to write it down on a safe note. Bear in mind that you cannot restore this iTunes backup if you do not provide the correct password
  5. Verify the password and wait until iTunes finishes the backup

To double check if your iTunes backup was encrypted successfully, you can go to:

  1. For Mac: Open iTunes Preferences> Under Devices, you will find your iPhone with the latest iTunes backup timestamp and with the lock icon beside it.
  2. For Windows: Go to iTunes>Edit> click Preferences> Click Devices and check if your iOS device’s iTunes backup has a lock icon beside it
  3. Click OK to close the window

Part 2. Can I reset Encryption password in iTunes?

You cannot restore or reset the password for your iTunes backup unless you are using iOS 11 or later. Follow these steps on how to reset the password:

  1. You need to reset all settings on your iOS device. Go to Settings> General> Reset> Reset All Settings and key in the passcode
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions on how to reset the settings on your device. By doing the reset all settings, all your device settings such as wallpaper, home screen layout, display brightness and more will be back to default. This won’t harm your data.
  3. Connect the iOS device to the computer and open iTunes
  4. Again create an encrypted backup

You cannot use the previous backup with the password but rather this lets you create a new backup on the current device and set up a new password.


  • If you are using iOS 10 or earlier, there is no way you can reset the iTunes backup
  • Use iCloud instead of iTunes
  • Restore older iTunes backup if needed

Part 3. Selectively Backup & Restore iPhone Data with Encryption.

If it seems daunting for you to use iTunes backup with encryption but you are in need of a password protection, then why not use an effective program that allows you to perform the selective backup, encrypt it and restore it later on?

There is one program that has everything you need about backing up data and restoring them. This is FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore.

It offers one-click backup of your iOS device to the computer and lets you preview each backup. FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore has the following options:

  • Selective Backup and Restore
  • File Preview prior to backup and restore
  • With Standard and Encrypted Backup mode
  • No data loss during both processes
  • No data Overwriting during file restoration

Do you want to know how to use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore?

Step 1:  Connect iOS Device and Install Software

Download the software and install on your computer. Use the free download option to experience the all-in-one solution of FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore. Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch the program.backup and restore

Step 2. Select Data Backup Mode

Click on iOS Data Backup to begin the process. Select the type of backup mode: Standard- this is the regular backup process without the password security; Encrypted – has the password protection to secure all files.

After you have selected the desired backup option, click on Start to begin the backing up of your data.

Select Backup Mode

Step 3: Select Type of Data you want to Backup

Choose the phone contents you wish to backup. You will see the different types of files that you can backup from your iPhone. You can tick or selectively choose the desired contents or you may select all of them. Click Next to continue

select files type to backup

Step 4: Wait For FoneDog Toolkit to Finish Backup your Data.

Backup completed. Wait for the program to complete the backup

backup completed
For the Restore process, you can go back to the main screen and this time click on iOS Data Restore
  1. Choose the Backup File you want to restore. If your backup file has encryption, simply enter the correct password to extract the contents.
  2. Scan and Select. The program will scan and extract the backup contents. It will show you the files stored on the backup. You can selectively choose which among these you can restore.
  3. Restore options. You have 2 options to restore the backup files, restore to device or back to your iPhone and restore to the computer so you can use it at a later time or if you need to move the files.

Part 4. Conclusion.

Should I encrypt iPhone Backup? Certainly, you can and you have two options to do so. You can take advantage of iTunes’s encryption settings or you can use a more flexible backup and restore program which is FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Remember there are pros and cons to having encrypted files although it keeps your data safe and protected. You only need to create a powerful password that you can easily recall. Just a friendly tip, do not use birthdays, names and commonly used passwords.

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