A while ago, we wrote a post about recovering a forgotten restrictions passcode. That got me thinking about other popular passcodes that don't have a built-in recovery mechanism. Then a customer emailed me that they forgot their Photo Vault passcode!
It turns out that for Photo Vault versions prior to early 2019, the Photo Vault passcode is stored in the backed up preference files, and it's easy to get out of an iPhone/iPad/iPod backup. After early 2019, the Photo Vault PIN is stored more securely in the iPhone keychain, and encrypted into the backup. Decipher Backup Browser can recover the Photo Vault PIN passcode from an iTunes backup for all current versions of the Photo Vault app.
The free trial of Decipher Backup Browser will allow you to recover your Photo Vault PIN. You don't need to purchase a license code to recover the Photo Vault passcode.
Download Decipher Backup Browser and make a backup of the iPhone with the Photo Vault PIN/passcode you need to get.
How to Recover a Forgotten Photo Vault PIN
Read and follow these steps to recover your Photo Vault PIN passcode:
Click on the backup of your iPhone in the left column of Decipher Backup Browser. If you don't see your iPhone in the left column, you'll need to make a backup of your iPhone in iTunes
Select "Photo Vault Passcode" from the center column.
Your Photo Vault PIN will show in the right column.
If you have changed your PIN in the past, you may see multiple PINs listed. Your current PIN should be the one shown with the most recent date.
Decipher Backup Browser can recover a Photo Vault passcode from encrypted backups and not encrypted backups. If your backup is encrypted, you may see your PIN listed twice: once for the PIN stored in the keychain and once for the PIN stored via other files in the Photo Vault backup.
If you need to save/recover photos and videos from Photo Vault from an iPhone backup, you may find this tutorial for recovering Photo Vault photos helpful also!