How to Recover Screen Time Passcode If Forgot [iPhone 15]

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2024-06-27 / Update for  Screen Time

How to recover Screen Time passcode? I forgot the Screen Time passcode on my iPhone. How can I recover or remove it?"

With the Screen Time feature, you can restrict app usages by setting a 4-digit password, especially on your children's iPhone. But if you change the screen passcode frequently or don't enter it for a long time, you may forget the passcode, which causes a lot of inconvenience. In this case, this article will get you know how to recover Screen Time passcode on iPhone or iPad easily.

Before Read: Can I Recover Screen Time Passcode If forgot

As for the forgotten screen time passcode, with the new iOS update, it is hard to find back the old passcode unless you guess it correctly. So how many times can you enter the passcode?

  • You can guess the passcode 5 times in a row.
  • 6 failed passcode attempts, try again in 1 minute.
  • 7 failed passcode attempts, try again in 5 minutes.
  • 8 failed passcode attempts, try again in 15 minutes.
  • 9 failed passcode attempts, try again in 60 minutes.
  • 10 and more failed passcode attempts, try again in 60 minutes.

Instead of more tries to recover screen time passcode, the only way to help you out is to remove the passcode and set a new one if needed. The top 5 ways are listed below and we recommend the ones that will cause no data loss.

Top 5 Ways to Recover Screen Time Passcode on iPhone and iPad

Way 1. Try All Possible Passcode You May Use

Like what we have said, even if you have forgotten your Screen Time passcode, you can still try entering the 4-digit passcodes that may work if you do not mind. Go ahead and enter like your date of birth, your lucky numbers, or anything else. Move on to the next method after nothing works.

Way 2. Screen Time Password Recovery with Apple ID

There is an option to enter Apple ID and password for screen time passcode recovery while you first set it. In this case, you can easily change the forgotten passcode with Apple ID, and set a new one that you can remember.

  • Go to Settings > Screen Time, select Change Screen Time Passcode, and then tap on the option again.
  • As you do not know the old screen time passcode, tap on "Forgot Passcode?"
  • Next, you just need to enter your Apple ID and password. So you can enter a new passcode.

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Way 3. Use Screen Time Passcode Removal Tool (No Data Loss)

No Forgot Passcode option? How to recover Screen Time passcode without Apple ID or erasing data? Meet Tenorshare 4uKey, a software that enables you to remove the old Screen Time passcode from iPhone or iPad without data loss. You can set a new passcode after the removal process as you like.

  • Download, install, and launch the software on your computer. On the main screen, click on the option that says "Remove Screen Time Passcode" to start.

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  • Connect your device to your computer and tap on "Trust" on your device. Click on "Start Remove".

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  • With Find My iPhone enabled on your device, turn it off using the following instructions.

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  • The following message will be displayed to guide you set up your iDevice after the passcode is removed from your device.


Way 4. Reset All Content and Settings

While it is not recommended to use this method, it gets the job done and removes the screen time passcode from your iOS device while wiping off all the data stored.

  • Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  • On the reset screen, tap on the option "Erase All Content and Settings".

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But it is highly possible to fail because it requires to enter screen time password to start erasing process. Try the last method then.

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Way 5. Remove Screen Time Passcode by iTunes Restore

To recover screen time passcode, you can also restore your device by iTunes. It will factory reset your device to get rid of the forgotten screen time passcode. But you may not be able to restore your backups since your backups with encryption might have stored your passcode.

  • Connect your device to your computer with USB cable, launch iTunes and click "Restore iPhone".

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  • Once your device has been restored, your device will reboot and Screen Time passcode has been removed. While setting up your iPhone, you should set it up as new.

Considering your iPhone data, the above Apple ID recovery and 4uKey are the easiest to remove Screen Time passcode if forgot.


If you do not remember the Screen Time passcode, the above guide should help you recover Screen Time passcode on iPhone or iPad. When you cannot find back the passcode, there's always a way for you, and we do recommend the professional unlocker - Tenorshare 4uKey. Give it a try.

People Also Ask about Screen Time Passcode Recovery

Q1: What will happen if you forgot your screen time password?

If you forget your screen time passcode, the time limit you have set will still work so you cannot use the app or website after the period of time. Try the above methods to remove screen time passcode.

Q2: How do I reset screen time password on iPhone?

If you want to reset screen time password, go to Settings > Screen Time > Change Screen Time Passcode, confirm it and enter your old Screen Time passcode. Next, enter the new passcode.

Q3: Is there any default screen time passcode?

The passcode is only available after you set one, so it does not have a default passcode. But some people are used to use some common default passwords like 1111, 1234, 0000 etc., so you can also try to figure it out.

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