How to Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode Easily

If you have forgotten the restriction passcode for your iPhone, the following guide shows multiple methods on how to recover iPhone restriction passcode on your device. You should then be able to access the restrictions panel. Read on to find out how.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 16, 2020

One of the features on your iPhone called restrictions allows you to set parental controls on the device so that users cannot access the locked content. It is actually a feature for parents to control what their kids can and cannot access on your iPhones. Whether you want to unlock some content or you wish to lock something, you need to enter a restriction passcode on your iPhone to be able to do it.

How to Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode

How to Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode

Restrictions passcodes allow you to change the settings, lock and unlock content, and so on. If you have forgotten this passcode and are unable to get access to the settings panel, the following guide will help you out. The guide shows how you can figure out the restriction passcode on your iPhone so you can access the parental controls on your device.

Method 1. Using Your iPhone’s iTunes Backup

Every iPhone backup that you create using iTunes has your restriction passcode saved in it. What this method does is it lets you access the file that has your passcode saved in so you can view it and use it on your iPhone.

The procedure varies for Windows and Mac users. Please follow the instructions for your operating system.

Windows Users:

Since the file you will be accessing uses a format that is not natively supported by Windows, you will need to install an app that can handle the format for you. The steps below cover the app as well for you.

Step 1. Head over to the Plist Pad app website and download and install the app on your PC. It will let you open .plist files on your computer.

Step 2. Head over to the following path on your PC and open the file named adoption.plist using Plist Pad. Make sure to replace username with your own username.

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

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

That is how you find the restriction passcode for your iPhone using an iTunes backup on Windows.

Mac Users:

Step 1. Head to your desktop so you are in a Finder window. Click on the Go menu at the top and select the option that says Go to Folder.

Access the Go to Folder Feature in Finder

Access the Go to Folder Feature in Finder

Step 2. When the Go to Folder panel opens, enter the following path and click on the Go button.

~/Library/Application Support/App Store/

Go to the Specified Folder Using Go to Folder

Go to the Specified Folder Using Go to Folder

Step 3. When the directory opens, find the file named adoption.plist, right-click on the file and select Open With followed by TextEdit. Your passcode should be listed between the <interger> and </interger> tags.

That is how you recover the restriction passcode for your iPhone on Mac.

Method 2. Restore Your iPhone Using iTunes

If the above methods did not work for you for some reason, you can set up your iPhone as a new device and that should remove the restriction passcode completely from your device. If you do not mind getting all the data erased on your device, the following is how you remove the restriction passcode from your iPhone.

Restore iPhone Using the iTunes App

Restore iPhone Using the iTunes App

Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch the iTunes app. Click on your device in the app, click on the Summary option, and then click on the Restore iPhone button. Ensure you do not restore an existing iPhone backup. Simply choose to set up your device as a new one.

Best Method – A Quick and Safe Way to Remove Restriction in Just One Click

AnyUnlock, a newly released passcode management tool, provides a professional way to unlock iPhone restriction in just one click. As a passcode management tool, you can solve every passcode issue with AnyUnlock, like unlock a Screen passcoderemove Apple ID, iTunes backup decryption, and also manage your passwords on iPhone/iPad,  And following the next steps to remove Screen Time passcode(Restriction).

Step 1. Get AnyUnlock and run it on your PC, Connect your iPhone to the computer > Choose the Unlock Screen Time Passcode in the up-right corner.

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How to Recover iPhone Restriction via AnyUnlock

How to Recover iPhone Restriction via AnyUnlock

Step 2. Click the Unlock Now, and then AnyUnlock will start the unlock journey.

Best Way to Recover Restriction Passcode on iPhone via AnyUnlock

Best Way to Recover Restriction Passcode on iPhone via AnyUnlock

Well, you have to shut your Find My if your iPhone is running in iOS 13 or later version.

Step 3. Here,  it will back up your iPhone and encrypt your backup to avoid data loss. Please remember the passcode you have set of this backup.

Best Way to Retrieve Restriction Passcode via AnyUnlock

Best Way to Retrieve Restriction Passcode via AnyUnlock

Step 4. You may wait for a while which depends on the size of your data on your iPhone.

Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode via AnyUnlock

Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode via AnyUnlock

Once your device is set up, you will find the restriction passcode is gone.

The Bottom Line

If you ever forget the restriction passcode for your iPhone, our guide above should help you recover it using various methods. Sure, AnyUnlock provides a quick and easy way to retrieve the restriction passcode on iPhone in on click. Give it a try now.

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.