What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

If you are wondering what is the restriction code on your iPhone, the following guide sheds light on it and gives you more information about the code. It tells you where the code is used and what you can do if you ever forget the code. Read on to find out.

By Lydia Smith | Posted on: Jan. 24, 2019, Last Updated: Mar. 05, 2019

Apple understands that not all the content available on an iPhone is suitable for all audiences. In order to provide you with controls as to what your kids can do on your iPhone, Apple has added a parental control feature to its smartphone. As the name implies, the feature lets you, as a parent, control what apps and what songs your kid can listen to on your device.

There are certainly some kids who would go a bit further to try to remove the restrictions from the device. In order for that not to happen, Apple lets you set a code on your iPhone. The following should give you more details about that code.

Part 1. What Is iPhone Restrictions Passcode

If you wish to use the parental control feature on your iPhone, you will definitely want to find out what is the iPhone restrictions passcode. An iPhone restrictions passcode is like your regular passcode but it allows you to access the panel from where you can modify parental controls for your iPhone.

Without the restrictions passcode, you cannot access the panel and so you cannot block or allow any kind of content to be viewed on your device. When you enable parental controls feature, your iPhone will ask you to set up a restrictions passcode so you can manage your settings later on.

For some users, what happens is that they set up a restrictions passcode and then they forget it if they do not use it on their device too often. If you ever forget the restrictions passcode for your iPhone, you will not be able to access the settings panel. That means you will no longer have control over what your kids access on your iPhone.

Part 2. What to Do When You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

Whether you have already forgotten your restrictions passcode or you think you may forget in the future, you will want to know what you can do in that situation. Officially, you cannot do anything except for restoring your iPhone with iTunes.

However, there is an unofficial method available to help you find out your restrictions passcode for your iPhone. The following shows both the methods for you.

Method 1. Find Out the Restrictions Passcode for iPhone

In this method, what you are going to do is you are going to locate and open the file that stores your restrictions passcode. Once you have found the file, you can easily find your passcode and enter it on your iPhone to access your settings. Here are instructions for both Windows and Mac users:

For Windows Users:

Step 1. Download and install the Plist Pad app on your PC. The app will let you open the file type that Apple uses to store your passcode.

Step 2. Head over to the following path on PC replacing username with your own username. Then find a file named adoption.plist and open it with the newly installed app.

C:/users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup/

Step 3. When the file opens in the app, you will find your restrictions passcode between the <interger> and </interger> tags.

There you go. You may now go ahead and enter the passcode on your iPhone.

For Mac Users:

Step 1. Open a Finder window on your Mac computer and click on Go at the top and then select Go to Folder.

What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

Step 2. When the Go to Folder feature opens, type in the following path and hit Go.

~/Library/Application Support/App Store/

What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

Step 3. When the path opens, look for a file named adoption.plist and right-click on it and select Open With followed by TextEdit. You will find your passcode between the <interger> and </interger> tags.

You are all set. That is how you recover restrictions passcode for an iPhone.

Method 2. Restore as a New iPhone Using iTunes

If you could not find your restrictions passcode using the above method, you can restore your iPhone using the iTunes app. It will set up your device as a new one and it will not ask you to enter any passcode to access the settings. The following is how you do it.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer using a suitable cable and launch iTunes app.

Step 2. Click on your iPhone in the app, click on the Summary tab, and then choose the option that says Restore iPhone.

What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

What to Do If You Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone

Step 3. Do not choose an existing backup to be restored on your iPhone. Instead, go for the set up as a new device option.

Your iPhone will be set up as a new phone. You will find the restrictions passcode is gone from your device.

The Bottom Line

We are sure the term restrictions passcode is no longer a jargon for you after reading the above guide. The guide also tells you the things you can do when you forget your passcode for your iPhone.

Lydia Smith

Member of iMobie team, an optimistic Apple user, willing to share solutions about iOS related problems.