How to Reset Restriction Passcode on iPhone

If you have forgotten your Restrictions passcode on your iPhone, you will want to learn how to recover Restrictions passcode. Recovering or resetting this passcode will allow you to gain access to the Restrictions feature on your device and here we show how to do just that.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 30, 2021

Whether you can recall the passcode or you cannot, there are methods to help you reset the passcode and regain access to the feature on your iPhone. You will need to use the method that fits your situation and you should be able to set a new passcode for the Restrictions feature on your iPhone. The following guide explains what a Restrictions passcode is, how to reset it when you know the passcode, and how you can remove the passcode when you have forgotten it.

What Is Restriction Passcode

A Restriction passcode should not be confused with the screen passcode. It is because both are different types of passcode and one will not work with another.

A Restriction passcode is a passcode that you have set to get access to the parental controls features on your iPhone. You need to enter this passcode every time you want to access or make a change to your parental control settings. This passcode keeps these settings away from your kids so they cannot make any changes to the feature.

When you set up the Restrictions feature on your iPhone, you are generally asked to set up a passcode as well. This is usually a four or six digit passcode that you need to set up to lock the feature on your phone.

How to Reset Screen Time Passcode If You know the Passcode

If you are aware of the current passcode for the Screen Time feature on your iPhone, you have a relatively easy way to reset the passcode. It is because you can enter the passcode and authorize yourself to reset or change your passcode. It is something you cannot do when you have forgotten the passcode.

Resetting the Restrictions passcode in newer versions of iOS basically means resetting the Screen Time passcode. It is because the feature has been renamed in newer iOS updates and Screen Time is what you are going to see in place of Restrictions on your newer iPhones and iPad devices.

When you go into the menu that lets you access your passcode, you will find two options. You can either change the Screen Time passcode or you can turn it off. Turning it off equals resetting it and it will then never ask you to enter the passcode to access your Screen Time settings. The following shows how to do it on your iPhone.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from the main screen on your iPhone.

Step 2. On the screen that follows, find the option that says Screen Time and tap on it to open the feature menu.

Access Screen Time Feature

Access Screen Time Feature

Step 3. Scroll down on the following screen and you will find an option that says Change Screen Time Passcode. Tap on it and it will open a new menu on your screen.

Change Screen Time Passcode

Change Screen Time Passcode

Step 4. You will have two options to choose from on your screen. The first option called Change Screen Time Passcode lets you change the passcode. The other option that says Turn Off Screen Time Passcode will help you reset the passcode. Tap on the second option and continue.

Reset Screen Time Passcode

Reset Screen Time Passcode

Step 5. It will ask you to enter your current passcode to continue. Type in your current passcode and proceed further.

Input the Current Passcode

Input the Current Passcode

How to Reset Restriction Passcode without Passcode

It is pretty easy to reset the Restrictions passcode when you know the passcode. However, things become a little tricky when you cannot recall the passcode. This is actually the situation most users find themselves in, and if you are one of those users, you will want to know how to remove the passcode.

Fortunately, Apple provides you with a couple of options to reset the passcode when you cannot recall it. These methods basically wipe off your device and then let you set up a new passcode for Restrictions if you want.

Method 1. Erase All Content via Reset iPhone in Settings

Although Apple promotes the use of iTunes with iOS-based devices like your iPhone, you do not necessarily need to use that app to perform tasks on your phone. Your iPhone is capable of doing many tasks on its own and this includes resetting the Restrictions passcode as well.

If you cannot recall your Restrictions passcode, one of the ways to reset that is to erase your device. You do not need to use an app to do this as your iPhone has a built-in option to remove all settings and data from your phone. When you do this, it removes the Restrictions passcode as well, and then you can set up the feature with a new passcode of your choice.

Those of you who have reset their iPhones before would know how this works. But if you are new to it, you do not need to worry as the procedure to reset the Restrictions passcode by erasing your iPhone is pretty simple. All you need to do is select an option in the Settings app and the following shows how to do it.

Step 1. Access the Settings app from the home screen of your iPhone.

Step 2. On the following screen, find the option that reads General and tap on it to view the iPhone’s general settings menu.

Open iPhone’s General Settings

Open iPhone’s General Settings

Step 3. Scroll all the way down on the screen that follows and tap on the Reset option. It will let you reset various types of content and settings on your iPhone.

Access iPhone Reset Options

Access iPhone Reset Options

Step 4. Finally, tap on the option that says Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish erasing and resetting your phone.

Erase and Reset iPhone

Erase and Reset iPhone

You can then set up your iPhone as a new device and even restore an iTunes or iCloud backup on it. The Restrictions passcode should now be removed from your phone and you can check it for yourself by accessing the feature on your device.

Method 2. Restore Your iPhone with iTunes

Those of you who prefer to use iTunes for their everyday iPhone tasks would be glad to know that you can use your all-time favorite app to reset your iPhone as well. You can use the iTunes app to restore your device and that in turn will reset the Restrictions passcode on your phone. It is an extremely easy procedure to do and you will be done in no time.

One of the things you should know before you go ahead and hit that restore button is that you should make a backup of your phone’s data. This is to have safe and secure copies of your important files so you can use them when your phone has been restored. There are many ways to backup an iPhone including using the iTunes app itself to do so.

What restoring your iPhone with iTunes basically does is it reinstalls the iOS operating system on your phone. This way all the operating system related files are cleared including the Restrictions passcode. The following are the steps on how to perform this on your iPhone.

Step 1. If you are a Mac user running the latest macOS Catalina, open the Finder app on your machine. Windows users need to run the latest version of iTunes on their computers.

Step 2. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone with your computer. In case you get a prompt on your iPhone, tap on Trust to allow your computer to perform tasks on your phone.

Step 3. Launch either the Finder or iTunes and click on your iPhone in it. Finder users need to click on the General tab and iTunes users should select the Summary tab.

Step 4. Click on the button that says Restore iPhone to begin restoring your iPhone.

Restore an iPhone

Restore an iPhone

Step 5. You will be asked if you really wish to restore your iPhone. You need to click on Restore in the prompt that appears on your screen to start the process.

Confirm the Restore Prompt

Confirm the Restore Prompt

Method 3. To Reset iPhone Restriction Passcode in One Click

AnyUnlock, as a professional code management tool, provides some efficient ways to manage your passcodes on iPhone, unlock the Apple ID, get through your device even you lost your screen passcodes, remove iTunes backup passwords or retrieve them with a few steps. What’s more, it also supports to unlock the Screen Time passcode(Restriction codes). Here are the detailed steps leading to get rid of your iPhone restriction passcode.

Step 1. Download AnyUnlock on your computer and run it while you connect your device to the computer. > choose the Unlock Screen Time Passcode.

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Free Download

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How to Unlock Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

How to Unlock Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

Step 2. Click on Unlock Now to start the unlocking journey.

To Reset Restriction Passcodes on iPhone via AnyUnlock

To Reset Restriction Passcodes on iPhone via AnyUnlock

Step 3.  AnyUnlock backs up your iPhone in case data loss and encrypts this backup. Please remember the code.

To Reset Restriction Passcode in Just One Click via AnyUnlock

To Reset Restriction Passcode in Just One Click via AnyUnlock

Step 4. Minutes later, you will get an iPhone without restriction passcode. And you are able to reset your restriction passcode on iPhone now.

To Reset Restriction Passcodes with AnyUnlock

To Reset Restriction Passcodes with AnyUnlock

Conclusion

Regardless of why you want to reset the Restrictions passcode on your iPhone, there are several easy ways to do that on your device. Once the passcode is reset, you are then free to set up a new passcode of your liking. AnyUnlock, which provides an easy and efficient method to help you reset your restriction passcode, just give it a try.

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