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Forgot Screen Time Passcode? Reset with No Data Loss

Forgot Screen Time Passcode and how to figure out the screen time password on your iPhone or iPad on iOS 12/13 or iOS 14? Don’t be annoyed with the iPhone/iPad/iPod with the app’s limited screen. This article gives you proven and comprehensive fix solutions around “Forgot Screen Time Password” and what do you do if you forgot your Screen Time passcode or Restrictions Passcode. When you forgot your screen time password or restrictions pin, there may be many failed screen time passcode attempts on your iPhone, but your iPhone won’t be locked.

Here’s a Quick Overview of what you’ll learn in this article:

What is Screen Time Passcode?

Screen time passcode is the passcode used along with Apple’s screen time function. When a user turns on the screen time feature and locks his phone usage of settings, apps, and more, he or his children (or anyone) can only enter the Screen Time Passcode to access the locked content & apps or change the Screen Time related features. Screen time is widely used in Parental control.

Forgot screen time passcode - what is screen time passcode
Forgot screen time passcode – what is screen time passcode

Apple released screen time as part of iOS 12. Now you can maximize the control of the usage of your iPhone with this great feature on iOS 12, iOS 13, iOS 14. The screen time feature, it is not only a comprehensive data analysis tool to record how you spend time on your iPhone or iPad, but also an effective way to lock out anyone using their iPhone or iPad.

With the prevalent of numerous attractive games, or short video platforms, or social media apps, etc., and the fast-paced of modern life, people tend to be easily addicted to smartphones. Especially in 2020, because of COVID 19, people watched digital products more than ever at home. I use screen time to limit my usage of TikTok, which is an app that gives me laughter and happiness in life. Thanks to the app limits, I can control the video watching time. If you use Tiktok screen time management to set time limits, not the Apple Screen Time, refer to Forgot TikTok Screen Time Passcode How to Fix.

What is Screen Time Passcode on your personal iPhone/iPad/iPod?

Screen time passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod is the password to lock Screen Time, which is a feature to let you get an overview report of how the time is spent on your iDevices. Besides, it helps you set limits on iPhone or iPad for what you want to manage with the passcode.  Once the apps’ time limits are reached, they should be unlocked with the password. Once you’d like to enable or disable the screen time, you are unable to do that without the screen time passcode(without a third-party tool). Once you want to change anything related to the screen time settings, this password is also needed.

How to Set Screen Time Passcode on your personal devices?

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Go to Settings > Screen Time > Tap Turn on Screen Time > Choose This is My iPhone/iPad/iPod> Use Screen Time Passcode> Set a Screen Time Passcode > Enter your Apple ID & password on the Screen Time Passcode Recovery Page,

If you’d like to lock your settings right with Screen Time Passcode.

On the Screen Time page, Tap Use Screen Time Passcode then set a four-digit screen time passcode and confirm.

The last important step: On the pop-up page of Screen Time Passcode Recovery Enter your Apple ID and Password.

Thus, if you forget your Screen Time Passcode, you can use your Apple ID and password to reset it.  Every day countless people forget their password in the modern world. It is reported from the HYPR Study: 78 Percent People Forget Their Passwords And Then Go For Reset. Apple strongly recommends you set Screen Time Passcode Recovery but you can skip this step.

If you tend to forget passwords, you probably choose not to use the Screen Time Passcode. May be too many passwords for you. Don’t confuse screen time passcode with screen unlocking passcode. To unlock screen lock passcode, refer to Forgot My iPhone, iPad or iPod passcode, How to Fix it.

What is Screen Time Password on your Mac?

Screen time passcode on Mac is that password that lets you monitor usage, schedule downtime, and set limits with a lock across your Mac.

How to Turn on Screen Time Password on your Mac?

On macOS Catalina or later:

  • Head to Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Screen Time.
  • Click Options in the lower-left corner.
  • Click Turn On. Select Use Screen Time Passcode. Enter a four-digit passcode and enter the password again to verify it.

How to Turn on Screen Time on Mac for family sharing members or your child?

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  • Hit Screen Time in the sidebar, then select your child’s name from the list on the right.
  • Click the Open Screen Time button to return to Screen Time preferences.
  • Choose your child’s name from the menu in the upper-left corner.
  • Click Options in the lower-left corner.
  • Click Turn On.

What to Do If You forgot Screen Time passcode.

Video Tutorial:

Part 1. Forgot Screen Time Passcode – Reset via Screen Time Passcode Recovery (Free).

Open Settings> Screen Time > Change Screen Time Passcode> Tap Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn Off Screen Time Passcode > Tap Forgot Passcode?

On that Screen Time Passcode Recovery Page, Enter your Apple ID & Password.

reset screen time passcode via screen time passcode recovery
If you tap Change Screen Time Passcode and then use Screen Time Passcode Recovery, it will let you enter your new passcode.

Once you choose Turn Off Screen Time Passcode and then Screen Passcode Recovery, it will turn off the forgotten screen time passcode for you.

Once you forgot your screen time passcode by skipping the step of providing your Apple ID & password, You can’t recover it with Screen Passcode Recovery.

The apple way is to restore the iPhone or iPad to factory settings by erasing everything. After that, you can set it up as New.

Part 2. If You Forgot Screen time Passcode, Reset the iPhone or iPad.

Use the Settings app to erase your iPhone to its factory settings. By using this way, you will erase all the content & settings, losing everything. However, you can restore it from one of the backups if you have one.

Requirement: screen unlocking passcode. Someone may be also the screen time passcode.

You can totally erase your iPhone—including the screen time passcode by factory resetting it.

Go to Settings > General > Erase All Content & Settings. Then confirm to authenticate with your passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. And confirm Erase.

Unable to reset your iPhone or iPad if you forgot the screen time passcode but you are asked to enter the screen time password to reset? Use Part 3-SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker Way.

Some people can reset it only with the passcode(screen lock passcode), some people are required to enter the screen time passcode after that. If you have forgotten your screen time password here, you can’t factory reset your iPhone via the Settings app. (We tested several times to sign in & sign out the Apple ID, things may be different: you may reset it without entering the screen time passcode here if possible.) If it isn’t viable to use option 2, turn to Option 3 or 4.

Or If you’d like to factory reset your iPhone/iPad without Screen Time Passcode, Read this Tutorial: How to Factory Reset an iPhone or iPad without Screen Time Passcode.

Part 3. Reset Forgotten Screen Time Password on iPhone/iPad via the Third-Party SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker. (No Data Loss Reset)

Option 2. Use a third-party app SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker to remove screen time passcode without data loss. This great SD iPhone unlocker can remove your forgotten screen time passcode and disable the Screen Time in several minutes. The process is easy, smooth, and swift.

Requirement: A PC or Mac to install the software.

  1. iTunes is installed on your computer with the latest version.
  2. Find My iPhone/iPad should be disabled.
  3. You need to re-set up your device without data loss after unlocking the forgotten screen time passcode process.

Most outstanding features: No passcode required. No data loss.

We have proven this software can remove the forgotten screen time passcode without data loss. You can check that process from my video.

To use this app, Firstly, free download and install it on your PC or Mac.

Step 1: Launch the app and connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to the Computer.

Reset iPhone forgotten Screen Time Passcode via app- Start

Step 2: Connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to the computer and unlock it. Then disable Find My: Settings > [Your Name] > Find My. Toggle to turn it off.

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what if you forgot screen time passcode – connect to the computer and use software to reset

Step 3. Start to Remove and wait for a while.Start to remove Screen Time Passcode

Step 4: Set up your device and Note that choose Don’t Transfer Apps & Data on Apps & Data Page. Also, Choose Set up later on Screen Time page during the setup process. Done. You can use your device without the screen time passcode and gone with the related restrictions.

Screen Time Passcode unlocked successfully

Part 4: Reset the Screen Time Passcode with iTunes.

Basic Requirement: Apple ID password is required to disable Find My. The Passcode is required during the process.

 Restore the iPhone or iPad to factory settings via iTunes on the computer. Consequently, the screen time passcode will disappear with all content & settings on your device.

With forgotten screen time passcode, you can’t change the apps limit or screen time related settings, or if you forgot your kid’s screen time passcode, you can’t adjust the parental control settings.

Remove screen time passcode without losing data method with iTunes – Restore to an Encrypted Backup (the encrypted backup before you set up screen time Passcode).

 One proven way by us is to remove the forgotten screen time passcode is to restore your iPhone or iPad to a recent encrypted iTunes backup (choose one backup on the data without turning on screen time). Another proven way is that you can restore your device with a backup of another Apple ID without enabling screen time or screen time passcode.

Maybe you want to learn more about: how to backup your iPhone iPad or iPod with iTunes or iCloud 2020.

However, you can’t remove it by restoring a backup with failed screen time passcode attempts. The status will be still restored. Likewise, don’t restore with any unencrypted backups, as it won’t work to reset the screen time passcode.

Don’t be distraught, if you have forgotten your screen time passcode without Passcode or iTunes, there is a hassle-free way to recover it via the above third-party software.

Part 5. Forgot My Child’s Screen Time Passcode What to Do?

How to use Screen Time Passcode on your Child’s device.

There are two ways.

  1. You can set up screen time and create settings right and screen time passcode on your Child’s device.
  2. Use family sharing to configure your Child’s iPhone or iPad and regulate the screen time settings from your own device.

To do that, Go to Settings > Tap [Your Name] >Tap Family Sharing > Add a Family Member. Here you can create a child account or invite your children to join your family by asking them to enter their Apple ID.

Navigate to Settings app > Screen Time, under Family, choose your child’s name, Tap Use Screen Time passcode. Enter the screen time Passcode for your child and confirm.

Next time when you want to turn off or Change screen time Passcode, Tap Change screen Time Passcode > Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn off Screen Time passcode on this page. Authenticate with your Touch ID, passcode or Face ID. If you need to turn off screen time, Tap Turn off Screen Time at the bottom of the Page.

Forgot your child’s Screen Time passcode? How to reset and change it?

 If you haven’t used the family sharing, reset it use the child’s device. You can apply the above methods.

If you have family sharing as a parent, reset it on your own iPhone or iPad by entering your passcode (your screen unlocking passcode), Touch ID, or FaceID.

  • Tap Settings > Screen Time.
  • Scroll down and Choose the Child’s name under family.
  • Scroll down and Tap Change Screen Time Passcode > Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn off Screen Time Passcode.
  • Authenticate with your Touch ID, Face ID, or passcode to proceed.
forgot child’s screen time passcode-how to change and reset
Forgot Child’s Screen Time Passcode – How to Change and Reset it.

Don’t confuse your own screen time passcode with your child’s screen time passcode on your device. Once I entered many failed attempts of mine to unlock my children’s screen time passcode, at last, I realized that. Remember to change the child’s screen time passcode from children’s name under the family of the Screen Time Page. (Change your screen time passcode directly on the page.)

Part 6. Other Common Questions & Answers about Forgot Screen Time Passcode.

Question 1: How many failed screen time passcode attempts?

10 or more. If you have 10 or more failed screen time passcode attempts, you have to try again in 60 minutes. We explained the failed screen time passcode attempts in the article: What Happens after 10 Failed Screen Time Passcode Attempts (iOS 14/13)

Question 2: How to Turn off Screen Time Passcode Without Passcode?

Enter Apple ID & Passcode to reset it directly via Screen Time Passcode Recovery or use the third-party software. With using the software, you need a computer (PC or Mac) to remove it or turn off Screen Time Passcode.

Question 3: How to Remove Restriction Passcode or Screen Time Passcode for Free with Utility?

PinFinder is a free program to figure out the restrictions or screen time passcode from the backups of iTunes. It only supports iOS 7 to iOS 12.4, while iOS 13, 14 is not supported by it.

Question 4: What is My Default Screen time Passcode on My iPhone/iPad, I never set a screen time passcode.

Screen time Passcode inherits Restriction Passcode in the earlier versions of iOS if you enabled that in the past.

Question 5: I have changed my screen time passcode (Use a new one), why failed screen time passcode Attempts message (happened on the old one) still there?

Like the above example, try to force reboot your iPhone several times. There may be some software issues.

Question 6:What is SD iPhone Unlocker? When forgot the screen time passcode on your iPhone or iPad, what models are supported to bypass the password?

Refer to the product page of the SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker. SD iPhone unlocker is a smart and easy app to unlock the screen lock passcode or screen time passcode/restrictions passcode when you forgot it, moreover, it is capable of getting rid of Apple ID.

The supported device models:

iPad iPad Pro, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3

iPhone  iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS

Question 7: Why I can’t sign out of My Apple ID (or My children’s) with “Sign-out is not available due to restrictions”?

When Sign-out is not available due to restrictions, how to fix it? This problem is still related to the Screen Time feature in iOS 13, 14. Try the following directions:

On your Personal device (without family sharing):

  1. Navigate to Settings > Screen Time > Turn off Screen Time (scroll all the way down and choose “Turn Off Screen Time”)
  2. Go to Settings > [Your Name], scroll down, and choose Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID to turn off Find My if asked. And Then Sign Out.

On your organizer device with family sharing.

1: Turn off every shared feature to family members including screen time on your device.

Turn off Screen Time of all your family members one by one.

Go to Settings > Screen Time, Choose the child’s name under Family. Then Turn off Screen Time and authenticate with your Touch ID, Face ID or Passcode.

2: After that, turn off Screen Time on your own iPhone/iPad/iPod. And Sign out your Apple ID successfully.

If the problem still exists, you can opt for a third-party software solution for Fixing Sign-out is Not Available Due to Restrictions.

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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