Two Ways to Get Rid of Restriction Passcode

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Jack Robertson


A lot of people set up a Restriction passcode on their iPad or iPhone to protect their device from their family changing the device’s settings, or to prevent their children from indulging in having fun with iPhone or iPad. Also, in the recent iOS version, users can use Restriction passcode to set a Downtime, a schedule option that once you set up, only the apps you choose and phone calls will be available to use, which helps prevent users from playing with iPhone/iPad till midnight. This is indeed a considerate function for iOS users.

Well, it becomes a trouble if one forgets the passcode, or worse, you’re a teenager with a restricted iPhone and your parents forgot the Restriction passcode placed on yours. Therefore, I  will help you out of that trouble, to tell you how to turn off your Restriction passcode.

Forget Screen Time Password


What’s Restriction passcode

Restriction passcode is a security feature that enables you to set up a screen time passcode to restrict access to specific contents in your device, like Apps, Settings, purchasing and downloading via iTunes. You can also set Restriction passcode on your child’s device to prevent your child from indulging in phones.

But it will be a lot disturbing if you have forgotten your screen time passcode, because you cannot access the limited contents anymore. Want to regain access to these contents, you need to recall your passcode or remove it. If you cannot recall it, here are some helpful methods for you to turn off your screen time passcode.

Enter Restriction Passcode


Method 1: Turn off Restriction passcode by Apple ID and password

You can use your Apple ID and password to turn off the Restriction passcode, you can go to Settings > Screen Time > Change Screen Time Passcode > Turn off Screen Time Passcode, and tap the option Forget Passcode, you need to enter your Apple ID and password to turn off the Restriction passcode.

Turn Off Screen Time Passcode


Method 2: Remove your Restriction passcode via iTunes

If you forget your password, you have to reset your iPhone. Resetting your iPhone means to totally erase all the contents including the Restriction passcode, so you can remove the Restriction passcode by resetting your device. To reset your iPhone and get rid of the passcode, we need help from some software.

iTunes is the tool that we could use to reset the iPhone or iPad. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your device to PC

Step 2: Locate your iPhone

On the interface, look at the left list, find Devices, and click on the icon of your device.

Step 3: Restore your device

Go to Summary, and click Restore iPhone/iPad to reset your device. Enter your Apple ID and password to proceed. If Find My iPhone is ON, iTunes cannot reset your device and erase the Restriction passcode.

iTunes Summary Restore iPhone

When the erasing is done, the Restriction passcode will be erased, you can set up a new one if you like.


Method 3 Regain/Reset your Restriction passcode via iPhone Unlocker

It might bother you that all the data will be gone while using iTunes to remove the passcode. You might wonder if there’s a way that can keep your data safe and meanwhile reset your screen time passcode. And here it is, Aiseesoft iPhone Unlocker. This is a professional tool for solving passcode and password problems in iOS devices,  you can use iPhone Unlocker to wipe screen passwords, remove Apple ID and reset or regain the Restriction passcode. With iPhone Unlocker, you can have the chance to regain or reset the lost Restriction passcode by a few clicks.

Here’re two notes for you to use iPhone Unlocker to reset your Restriction passcode.

  • The latest iTunes needs to be installed on your PC to do a normal and secure scan.
  • Find My iPhone/iPad should be disabled first.

If the two conditions are met, let’s get to know how it works.

Step 1 Download and launch iPhone Unlocker on your PC

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Step 2 Connect your device to PC with a USB cable

Make sure the connection is stable for the whole time.

iPhone Unlocker Main Screen

Step 3 Choose Screen Time mode

There’ re 3 options on the main interface, choose Screen Time. Click Start.

After clicking Start, if your iPhone/iPad is running with :

iOS 12 or later versions

The program will start to remove the Restriction passcode, and a few moments later,  the Restriction passcode will be removed, your device will enter a re-setup process.

During the process, to make sure that the Restriction passcode is totally erased, and your data won’t be lost, you need to make 2 very important choices.

During the re-setup process:

  • In Apps & Data section, you need to tap Don’t transfer Apps & Data on your device, because iPhone Unlocker will transfer the data back to your device. If you choose to restore from iCloud or iTunes backup, the backup files will replace iPhone Unlocker’s transfer, which causes data loss.
  • In Screen Time section, tap Set Up Later in Settings, so, when you finish resetting up your device, no Restriction passcode will be required to enter.

Remove Screen Time

Or, your iPhone is running iOS 11 or earlier, you are likely to retrieve your screen time passcode. But it needs one necessary condition, you have backed up your device in iTunes without encrypting it. If you haven’t backed up your iPhone, go and back up now, do not encrypt it.

If the iTunes backup isn’t encrypted, after clicking Start on this software, the software will get to retrieve your forgotten Restriction passcode in a few minutes. You can reset your Restriction passcode or you could just use this. Try not to forget it this time. If you want to turn off Restriction passcode, go to Settings > Screen Time > Change Screen Time Passcode > Turn off Screen Time Passcode, you can turn it off by entering the regained passcode.

Regain Screen Time Passcode

This is what iPhone Unlocker is capable of. It can not only help your remove your Restriction passcode but also keep your data safe. It takes only a few steps to achieve that goal. If you want to get rid of your forgotten Restriction passcode, try iPhone Unlocker.


Back up your data before resetting your device

Before resetting your Restriction passcode via iTunes, don’t forget to back up your device if you need to. However, using iTunes will back up all the contents in your device, including Restriction passcode. So, if you recover this backup with Restriction passcode to your device, the Restriction passcode will also be recovered as well. Your effort of resetting will be undone.

So, if you care about the data on your iPhone/iPad, you can choose to back up your iPhone via FoneLab. This is the program for keeping your data 100% safe on the computer. It provides the functions of selective backup and selective recovery, so you can just throw those needless data away. It also supports data backup and restore on dozens of data types, like photos, videos, audios, notes, chatting history on Kik/Whatsapp/Snapchat/Line, messages, etc. You find it attractive, right? Let’s see how it works.

Step 1 Download, install and launch FoneLab

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Step 2 Connect your device to PC with a USB cable

Step 3 Back up your device

Choose Recover from iOS device, click Scan to detect all the data on this iPhone/iPad.When the scan is complete, you can preview and select the data. Click Recover to back up your data. When it’s done, your data can be found in the PC folder. You can recover your data back to your device after you reset it.

FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery Scan

Or, you can simply retrieve your iPhone data from iTunes backup files.

Select Recover from iTunes Backup File, and then you can select the needed data and recover it back to your device.

Recover From iTunes Backup Choosing Backup Files

Hopefully, you can find a way out of Restriction passcode and enjoy your time again. Do not forget to back up your data if necessary.