A few months 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, but we can still recovery the Photo Vault PIN passcode from an encrypted iPhone backup.
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.
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 your Photo Vault app is up to date with a version from early 2019 or later, you will need to make an encrypted backup of your iPhone for Decipher Backup Browser to be able to recover the Photo Vault PIN. Here's instructions from Apple about how to turn on iTunes backup encryption.
After making an encrypted iTunes backup, you should see a section named "Photo Vault 10 Saved Passwords" in Decipher Backup Browser to find your Photo Vault passcode.