What to do If I Forget iPhone Parental Control Password

If you ever forget the parental control password on your iPhone, you can make no further changes to the parental control settings. One of the ways to deal with the situation is to reset your password and here we show various ways for you to do it on your device.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 10, 2020

iPhone offers you various options so you can keep an eye on your child’s phone activity, one of them is parental control. This feature allows you to set up restrictions to prevent your child from accessing certain content on your phone. To keep this parental configuration from being modified, your iPhone lets you set a parental control password.

If you ever end-up forgetting this password, your iPhone will not allow you to change any of your parental control options. You will basically be locked out from using the feature on your phone. If you are currently going through this situation, you might want to learn if there are any methods to overcome the issue.

There are in fact ways to unlock the parental control password on your iPhone and the following guide describes those methods for you. You can go with any method that you think is convenient for you.

Part 1. What is Parental Control?

Before you go ahead and start implementing the methods, it is important that you learn what parental control is and how it works on an iPhone.

The role of parental control is to gain more control over the activities of your child on your phone. You probably do not want your kid to access inappropriate content. This feature helps keep exactly that stuff away from your child.

On an iPhone, the feature is called Restrictions in older versions of iOS and Screen Time in newer iOS versions. It lets you block apps, define app usage timings, and so on, to keep a tight grip on your child’s phone usage.

Part 2. How to Unlock Parental Control Password

Now that you have a good idea of what parental control is, you will be interested in finding out how to reset the Restrictions or Screen Time password on your iPhone.

The following are the methods that will help you do it on your iPhone/iPad.

Method 1. Reset All Settings on Your iPhone

Your iPhone offers several options to reset various items on your device. This includes resetting your main settings, network settings, location and privacy settings, and so on. One of these options lets you reset all the iPhone settings including the parental control password.

This will not erase any data on your iPhone but remove all of your settings including your Restrictions or Screen Time password. The following shows how you can go about doing it on your device.

Step 1. Launch Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2. Find General and tap on it to open.

Access the general settings on your iPhone

Access the general settings on your iPhone

Step 3. Scroll all the way down on the following screen and tap Reset.

Open the iPhone reset menu

Open the iPhone reset menu

Step 4. You will now see various resetting options. Tap on Reset All Settings to reset all of your iPhone settings including the parental control password.

Reset all settings on your iPhone

Reset all settings on your iPhone

You should now be able to assign a new password to the feature.

Method 2. Use the Forgot Passcode Option

If you do not want to sacrifice all your settings just for removing your parental control password, you have another way to get rid of the password. Apple has actually included a feature in the iPhone that lets you reset your forgotten Screen Time password.

You can use this feature to remove the old parental control password and use a new password with the feature on your device. The following is how you go about doing it.

Keep your Apple account login details handy before you jump onto the steps.

Step 1. Open Settings from the main screen on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down and find Screen Time, tap on it.

Access the Screen Time feature on your iPhone

Access the Screen Time feature on your iPhone

Step 3. Choose the Change Screen Time Passcode option on the following screen.

Change the Screen Time password

Change the Screen Time password

Step 4. Select Change Screen Time Passcode in the prompt on your screen.

Change the Screen Time password prompt

Change the Screen Time password prompt

Step 5. Tap on Forgot Passcode on the following screen.

Use the Forgot Passcode option

Use the Forgot Passcode option

Step 6. Enter your Apple login details and it will let you set up a new password for Screen Time.

Method 3. Use iTunes to Restore Your iPhone

If you have access to a computer, you can restore your iPhone with iTunes and that will remove the parental control password from your phone. However, you will need to first create a backup of your device to ensure your data is not lost.

Both of these tasks can be done using either the Finder on Mac or iTunes on a Windows computer. The following are the steps on how to backup your iPhone and restore it with the Finder on a Mac.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 2. Launch the iTunes or Finder on your machine.

Step 3. Click on your iPhone in the left sidebar to access its options.

Choose your iPhone

Choose your iPhone

Step 4. Select the General tab at the top to view general iPhone options.

Access the General tab options

Access the General tab options

Step 5. Click on Back Up Now to backup your iPhone.

Backup your iPhone

Backup your iPhone

Step 6. When the backup is completed, click on the Restore iPhone button and restore your device.

Restore your iPhone

Restore your iPhone

Step 7. Hit Restore in the prompt on your screen.

Accept the restore prompt

Accept the restore prompt

When your iPhone is restored, the parental control password will be removed from it. You can then restore the backup to get your content back on your iPhone.

Method 4. Erase Your iPhone from Settings

In case you cannot access a computer to restore your device and you do not mind losing your data, you can actually erase your iPhone from within the Settings app. This way you can remove your parental control password without any complex procedures.

Keep in mind this will delete all the data stored on your device. Follow the following steps to erase your iPhone.

Step 1. Go to Settings > General on your iPhone.

Open iPhone general settings

Open iPhone general settings

Step 2. Scroll down until the bottom of the screen and tap on Reset to view the reset menu options.

View the iPhone reset menu

View the iPhone reset menu

Step 3. There are several options to help you reset content on your iPhone. Tap on the option that says Erase All Content and Settings to erase your device.

Wipe off your iPhone

Wipe off your iPhone

Once your iPhone is fully erased, you will be able to set it up as a new device. It will then longer have your old parental control password associated with it.

Method 5. Wipe Off Your iPhone from iCloud

Apple allows you to wipe off your iOS devices remotely as well. This way you do not necessarily need to have access to your iPhone to be able to reset it. As long as you can access your iCloud account, you can wipe off your device and remove the parental control password from it.

You should have the Find My iPhone feature enabled on your iPhone to apply this method. You can then follow the following steps to remove the parental control password using iCloud.

Step 1. Open a browser on your computer and head over to the iCloud website. Sign in to your iCloud account.

Step 2. On the following screen, click on the Find iPhone option to find and perform actions on your iPhone.

Select the Find iPhone option on iCloud

Select the Find iPhone option on iCloud

Step 3. Click on All Devices at the top and select your iPhone.

Choose your iPhone on iCloud

Choose your iPhone on iCloud

Step 4. Click on Erase iPhone to wipe off your iPhone.

Erase your iPhone on iCloud

Erase your iPhone on iCloud

The parental control password should now be removed from your device.

Part 3. Remove the Parental Control Password using AnyUnlock

If you want a straightforward and easy method to remove the Screen Time password from your iPhone, then AnyUnlock is the tool you need. It is a brand new modern app that allows you to remove various passwords including the parental control password from your iPhone/iPad.

You can use it to quickly and easily remove the Screen Time password from your iPhone. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download AnyUnlock on your computer and install it.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Launch the app and click on the Unlock Screen Time Passcode option.

Access the Unlock Screen Time Passcode feature in AnyUnlock

Access the Unlock Screen Time Passcode feature in AnyUnlock

Step 3. Plug-in your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Connect iPhone to your computer

Connect iPhone to your computer

Step 4. Click on the Unlock Now button to begin the process.

Start unlocking the password on your iPhone

Start unlocking the password on your iPhone

Step 5. Enter a random password and click on OK.

Input a password

Input a password

Step 6. Wait for it to remove the password from your iPhone.

AnyUnlock removing the Screen Time password

AnyUnlock removing the Screen Time password

Step 7. The password should now be removed from your device.

AnyUnlocked removed the Screen Time password

AnyUnlocked removed the Screen Time password

The Bottom Line

With various methods available for how to reset Restrictions and Screen Time password on an iPhone, you do not really need to worry about ever forgetting this password for your device. These methods will help you quickly set up a new password for the feature.

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.