Screen Time Limits Not Working, Here is the Real Fix

"Anyone else seeing issues with Screen time Limits? We only set this up at the weekend but today (for the 2nd day running) I see that my daughter has managed an online time of well over her allowed limit"

If the limits are all set up in the Screen Time feature on your iOS-based device, your device is supposed to follow it and restrict any user who tries to exceed the limits. If a user is able to go beyond the limit, it probably means ScreenTime limit not working and you need to work on it to fix it. The following guide is all about fixing the Screen Time limits on your devices.

If the limits are all set up in the Screen Time feature on your iOS-based device, your device is supposed to follow it and restrict any user who tries to exceed the limits. If a user is able to go beyond the limit, it probably means ScreenTime limit not working and you need to work on it to fix it. The following guide is all about fixing the Screen Time limits on your devices. Let's check out the available methods to fix the broken Screen Time feature on your devices.

Method 1. Check that Block at End of Limit is Toggled ON

When you specify usage limits for the apps on your iOS devices, you are given two options. Either you get a prompt when you have reached your limit or you get blocked from using the app until the limit has passed. With the latter option, though, any user can bypass the limit as they need to do is tap on an option on the screen and they are allowed to use your device.

block end limit

What you can do to overcome the issue, though, is you can enable the block at end of limit in Screen Time. Doing so will ensure the chosen apps are blocked once their limits are reached on your device. To do that, launch Settings on your device, tap on Screen Time followed by App Limits. Turn the toggle for Block at End of Limit to the ON position.

Method 2. Set a Screen Time Passcode

It may be that your kids have somehow got access to the Screen Time settings and they have removed the limits for the apps. In order for things like this not to happen, you need to set up a passcode for the Screen Time feature on your device.

set screen time passcode

Setting up a passcode for Screen Time is extremely easy. All you need to do is open Settings, tap on Screen Time, and tap on Use Screen Time Passcode. It will let you specify a passcode for accessing the Screen Time feature on your device. Enter in a passcode and you are all set.

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If you ever forget the passcode for Screen Time, you can use a software like Tenorshare 4uKey-iTunes Backup to reset the passcode on your device. The software lets you instantly remove the passcode from your iPhone or iPad without erasing device.

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Method 3. Set a Specific Limit Per App

If you have set a general limit for all the apps on the device and it is not working, you may try adding a per-app limit and see if it works for you.

set app limit

To do that, open Settings and tap on Screen Time. Tap on the main graph shown on your screen and select the app you want to specify limits for. Tap on Add Limit at the bottom of the screen to specify limits. It should hopefully fix the ScreenTime App Limit not working issue on your device.

Method 4. Turn off and turn on screen time

Restarting the feature may be helpful in this scenario as it resets many of the internal elements of the feature. The following is how you do it on your iPhone or iPad.

Open Settings on your device and tap on Screen Time. Tap on Turn Off Screen Time to disable the feature. Tap on Turn On Screen Time to enable the feature back again.

turn off screen time

Method 5. Fix Screen Time Not Working on iPhone with Tenorshare ReiBoot

If you still cannot get the feature to work on your iPhone, there may be an issue with your operating system. It is still fixable though using Tenorshare ReiBoot, a software that helps iOS users fix dozens of iOS issues on your devices. It helps resolve the Screen Time issues as well and the following shows how to do it.

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Step 1 Get the latest version of the software on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer, launch the software, and click on Repair Operating System in the software

select repair operating system

Step 2 Click on Start Repair on the following screen.

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Step 3 Select Download on the following screen to download a firmware package for your iPhone.

download firmware

Step 4 The software will automatically start fixing your device when the firmware is downloaded

system repairing

You are all set. The Screen Time feature should now be fixed on your iOS device.

Conclusion

If you are facing the ScreenTime limit not working issue on your iOS device, the above guide provides you with a number of solutions to fix the issue. If nothing works, you have ReiBoot at your rescue. We really hope the guide helps you out. If you have other Screen Time issues, you can further read on Top 7 iOS 12/12.1 Screen Time Problems and Solutions.

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Update 2019-07-25 Screen Time
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