When you make a backup of iOS device using iTunes, you have the option to encrypt the backup with a password. We’ll use iTunes for Windows in this demo to show you how to backup iPHone iPad with or without a password. Connect you phone to computer, run iTunes, in the Backup section, you should Automatically Back Up and Manually Back Up and Restore.
iPhone automatic backup
Below the Automatically Back Up, you can find an option which says “Encrypt iPhone Backup“. To enable iPhone automatic backup with password protection, tick the Encrypt iPhone Backup, you will then get a pop up dialogue where you can enter a password to protect your iPhone backup on this computer. See below screenshot.
To disable iPhone backup password protection, simply deselect the Encrypt iPhone Backup and input the current password to unlock, then continue to backup iPhone using iTunes without password.
iPhone manual backup
Under the Manually Back Up and Restore section, click Back Up Now button, you will get a prompt message saying, do you want backups of iPhone to be encrypted? Choose Encrypt Backups or Don’t Encrypt to continue.
Extra iTunes backup tips
- When the backup process completes, you can verify the encrypted iTunes backup file from Menu bar >> Edit >> Preferences >> Devices, a list of all your iTunes backup files displays, you will see a small lock icon to the right of your device name, along with the data and time that iTunes created the backup file on your computer.
- If you choose to set password to protect the iPhone backup, the next time you restore iPhone from the iTunes backup, you will be required to verify the password. That’s to say if your iTunes backup file or computer lost, others won’t be able to access your encrypted iPhone backup without the password.
More iPhone iTunes Backup solutions
Except iTunes, there are many third-party backups tools you can also choose, such as this iPhone backup & restore.
Update May 2019: this article was originally published in Dec 2014 and has since been updated to reflect the change of recent iTunes versions.