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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 16, 2020

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.

Do These Things 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 the computer using a suitable cable and launch the 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.

Method 3. Erase All Settings to Remove the Forgotten-Restriction Passcodes

Generally speaking, you can reset all the settings to erase the restriction passcodes if the data loss won’t bother you that much. Here are the steps to remove restrictions passcodes from resetting.

Go to Setting > click on the General, and scroll down to the Reset > tap on it and choose the Erase All Content and Settings

You have to wait for a while and minutes later you can set your device from square one.

Reset iPhone/iPad to Erase All Settings

Reset iPhone/iPad to Erase All Settings

This method will erase all the stuff you have on your device and if you choose to Reset your iPhone/iPad, it won’t undo. Here we highly recommend you back up your data in case of data loss. Or you can try the tips below, using AnyUnlock, to get rid of the forgotten-restriction passcodes.

To Unlock Screen Time Passcode in One Click

There are lots of passcodes unlock tools in the market. AnyUnlock, as a professional passcode management tool, maybe the best one which provides a safe and quick way to erase Screen Time passcode in just on click. You can just follow the arrows and then get a none-restriction iPhone. In addition to the Unlock Screen Time passcodes, AnyUnlock supports –

  • remove the Screen passcodes if you failed to get through the iPhone/iPad.
  • Unlock the Apple ID if you lost your passcodes accidentally.
  • retrieve or remove the iTunes backup passwords.
  • easily manage your passwords on iPhone/iPad.

Step 1. Download AnyUnlock and launch it on your computer. Please connect your iPhone to the computer and then choose the Unlock Screen Time Passcode on the up-right corner.

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Quick Way to Get off Restriction on iPhone via AnyUnlock

Quick Way to Get off Restriction on iPhone via AnyUnlock

Step 2. Click on the Unlock Now, and start to remove your passcode.

How to Remove the Forgotten Restriction on iPhone via AnyUnlock

How to Remove the Forgotten Restriction on iPhone via AnyUnlock

Please turn off your Find My if your iPhone is working on iOS 13 or later version.

Step 3. Before the analysis of your iPhone, AnyUnlock will encrypt your backup while backing up your iPhone. All of these will ensure your data safety on the iPhone.

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Backing up iPhone via AnyUnlock

Step 4. Well, it may take a while. And then, you will get an iPhone without Restriction(Screen Time passcode).

Successfully Remove Screen Time Passcode via AnyUnlock

Successfully Remove Screen Time Passcode via AnyUnlock

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. Well, as AnyUnlock will unlock your restriction passcode easily, why no give it a try.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.