How to Recover Screen Time Passcode on iPhone and iPad

How to recover Screen Time passcode? I forgot my Screen Time passcode in my iPhone 6S. How can I recover it?"

In order to help you protect your Screen Time settings on your iPhone and iPad, iOS offers you the passcode feature that lets you protect your settings from being modified using a passcode feature. Sometimes, when a user does not use the feature for a long time, they forget the passcode for the feature. If you are one of those users and you have forgotten your Screen Time passcode, the following guide will teach you how you can recover Screen Time passcode on your iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus and iPad.

There are multiple ways you can retrieve Screen Time passcode for your iPhone and iPad and the following guide covers all the possible methods for you. It teaches each method with detailed steps, so you can get your task done and have your passcode retrieved for you to access Screen Time on your iOS device.

Method 1. Try All Possible Passcode You May Use

Even if you have forgotten your Screen Time passcode, you may try entering the passcodes that you think may work. There is no harm in giving a try to all the passcodes that you think could be correct.

Go ahead and enter in your date of birth, your lucky number, your car's number, or anything else that you think could be your passcode. Be cautious though as entering a wrong passcode many times may create issues for you. Try a few times and see if one of the entered passcodes works for you. If nothing works, move on to the next method.

Method 2. Try Your Restriction Passcode

If you have been using the Restrictions feature before updating your device to iOS 12, your device carries over your Restrictions passcode and sets it as your Screen Time Passcode. What that means for you is you can use your Restrictions passcode in the Screen Time passcode prompt on your iPhone or iPad.

Unless you have changed the passcode, the Restrictions one should work just fine, and you should be able to access your Screen Time settings on your device. If it does not work for any reason, move on to the next method.

Method 3. Reset All Content and Settings

While it is not recommended to use this method, it gets the job done and removes the passcode from your iOS device. The major downside of the method is that it wipes off all the data stored on your device.

That means you will lose all the photos, videos, messages, and everything else you have stored on your device. And also you will not be able to restore your backups since your backups will have your passcode in them.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tap on General followed by Reset. It will open the device reset screen on your device.

  • On the reset screen, tap on the option that says Erase All Content and Settings. It will reset all the settings and erase all the content on your device.

reset all settings of iphone

Once the settings and content are reset, you may want to set up your iPhone or iPad as a new device. You cannot restore an iTunes backup as your backup will likely have your passcode and you will again be in trouble.

If you are not too much worried about your data, the above method is the easiest one to recover Screen Time password issue.

Method 4. Remove Screen Time Passcode Without a Reset

If you can't recall your Screen Time passcode, do not wish to lose data, and still, want to remove the Screen Time passcode without erasing data, a third-party software is the only solution for you.

Meet Tenorshare 4uKey-iTunes Backup, a software that enables you to remove the Screen Time passcode from your iPhone or iPad without much trouble. It easily removes the passcode without data loss on your device. The following shows how you can use the software to retrieve Screen Time password on an iPhone or iPad.

  • Download, install, and launch the software on your computer. Connect your device to your computer and tap on Trust on your device. If Find My iPhone is enabled on your device, turn it off using the following instructions.

  • On the main screen of the software, click on the option that says Remove Screen Time Passcode to start the passcode removal procedure.

  • Click on Start on the following screen. Wait while the software performs the passcode removal process on your device.

  • The following message will be displayed when the passcode is removed from your device.


That is how you remove the Screen Time passcode using a third-party software.


If you do not remember the passcode for Screen Time, the above guide should help you recover Screen Time passcode for your iPhone or iPad. It shows multiple methods to help you retrieve the passcode on your device.

  Updated on 2020-01-18 / Update for  Screen Time

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