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Are you finding that there is no option to change your screen time Passcode？ How to fix it? In this article, I will show you how to change screen time passcode when there is no option to do that.
Why there is no option to change screen time passcode.
There are two main reasons that you find that there is no option to change your screen time passcode.
1. The Screen time of this iPhone or iPad is monitored by another device(family sharing control).
If you are a child or a family member When your iPhone screen time is monitored on your parents’ device or the organizer’s device, there is no option to change your screen time passcode on your iPhone or iPad.
If you want to turn off the screen time with family sharing, please refer to our guide on How to Turn Off Screen Time with Family Sharing for iPhone(Parental Control).
The kids are only able to find the change screen time passcode options if they control their screen time passcode on their own devices when authorized by their parents.
2. When the iOS software versions or iPadOS versions are earlier or the iPhone/iPad models are earlier, there is no option to “Change Screen Time Passcode”.
If you don’t have the “Change Screen Time Passcode” option, your device may be running a version prior to iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4.
Or, your iPhone models are too old and running the earlier iOS versions, like iOS 12, or the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, or iPhone 4 or earlier. Note that the iPhone 6 or earlier is unable to install iOS 13 and all subsequent iOS versions (Check Solution 2 if this is your case).
Apple has updated the screen time feature. Since iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4. It’s easier for users to change screen time passcode there. And the pin code prior to the screen time passcode is called restriction passcode.
Related Reading: No Option for “Forgot Screen Time Passcode”.
Solution 1. Update Your iOS Software Versions.
Update your iOS versions and then change your screen time passcode via Apple way if possible. If you’d better not update your iOS system, check Solution 2 to fix it with a piece of third-party software.
Make sure to update iOS or iPadOS versions to iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 or later if possible. if your iPhone models are too old to run iOS 13.4 or later, refer to Solution 2 to Change and reset your screen time.
Then you should find that you can change your screen time passcode via the steps.
- Navigate to Settings.
- Tap Screen Time.
- Tap Change Screen Time Passcode.
- Tap Change Screen Time Passcode.
- Enter the old screen time passcode.
- Enter your new screen time passcode.
Done. You should change your screen time passcode then.
Related Articles: How to Reset an iPhone without Screen Time Passcode.
Solution 2. For no option to change screen time Passcode. – Use software to change and reset it.
Important 1: when you forgot your screen time passcode, you can also use this app. iOS 15 is supported using the app to reset the screen time passcode without data loss.
Important 2: For two control models of Screen Time Passcode: Set on Device or Set via Family sharing.
For personal devices, you can change your screen time passcode after disabling screen time via the software without any data loss. No further operations or requirements are needed.
No option to change screen time passcode on a child’s device? Or other family members’ devices?
if you intend to change the screen time passcode on a child’s device or other family member’s device, after disabling screen time with this software, you shouldn’t enter the previous Apple ID anymore. Otherwise, your screen time passcode will reappear if your organizer keeps enabling your screen time. If you want to change your screen time passcode as a child and also use your current Apple ID. The best option is to use Solution 3.
Before using the software to change your screen time passcode.
Know the software working algorithm: The app will disable the screen time and the screen time passcode without data loss, later, you can set it up with the screen directions and restart your iPhone or iPad. Afterward, you can set up a new screen time passcode. Meanwhile, you can change your screen time passcode freely then if you forgot the previous pin code.
Download and install this iPhone unlocker on your PC computer or Mac computer(Free Download).
Step 1. Open the app and navigate to “Unlock Screen Time Passcode”.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with the USB cable.
Trust your computer if it prompts.
When the screen asks you “How Is the Screen Time Passcode Set Up”, choose “Set Directly on Device” or “Set through Family Sharing”, according to your circumstances.
If you set the screen time passcode on your personal devices Choose “Set directly on Device”. If your screen time passcode is set by the organizer via family sharing, please choose “Set through Family Sharing” to proceed.
Take choosing “Set Directly on Device” steps for example. Then click the “Start” option.
Step 3. Follow the onscreen directions to turn off Find My iPhone if it’s on. If it’s off you will directly proceed to the next step. After that, click Continue.
Go to Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone. Then enter your Apple ID passcode to toggle the switch to off.
Step 4. Done. After clicking Continue, your iPhone or iPad screen time passcode will be removed in less than a minute or so.
Your devices will restart. Then follow the instructions of the screenshots during setting up the iPhone/iPad later.
Your iPhone will burst into life with hello screens in multiple languages, and you’ll need to set up it with no data loss, following the instructions on the Unlock Successfully screen.
On iOS 15 newer versions, pay attention to the Apps & Data Screen, which misled me to lose all my data several days ago. I never backed up my data on iCloud, the new Apps & Data screen is set to restore from the iCloud version as a default and I tapped it and lose all photos. I couldn’t find Don’t transfer Apps and Data, and I just chose the Continue option there. Fortunately, I can restore some photos from an older backup on iTunes. I will post the screenshots here to avoid you making the same mistakes.
Note to Find the Don’t Transfer Apps & Data Option. Do not always continue when setting up your iPhone or iPad.
Normally, you can directly see the Apps & Data screen and choose Don’t Transfer Apps & Data.
Although the software won’t lose your data, there are some newer iOS versions of the Apple iPhone setup screen is different, which mislead people tend to do wrong operations on the iPhone updated screen. And it likely leads to data loss. I just lose all my photos when I just choose Continue on the screenshots.
On iOS 15 or newer versions, the setup screen – Apps & Data is hidden. There is a trick to arouse it to appear. After tapping Customize Settings during the setup screen, then you’ll find the Don’t transfer Apps & Data option there.
If you set up your screen time passcode directly on your device, you won’t lose your data by unlocking it on the app.
If your screen time passcode is set via family sharing on the organizer’s device, you can also use the above method. Make sure don’t log into the previous iCloud account, otherwise, the screen time passcode will reappear.
If your screen time passcode is set via family sharing on the organizer’s device, to completely remove or change the screen time passcode, you should unlock the Apple ID(Tap “Unlock Apple ID” on step 1 and next to continue and finish) to unlock the screen time passcode with this app. Later you can set up your device with a new Apple ID, you can change and manage your screen time passcode independently. Thus, unlocking the Apple ID(force sign out the iCloud account with restrictions) to remove the screen time passcode will cause data loss.
That’s why how the screen time passcode is set is so important for you before changing the password with this program.
Solution 3. No option to Change screen time passcode? Change it on the organizer’s devices.
It’s not easy to change the screen time passcode on the organizer’s device if you are not a self-disciplined person sometimes. Parents always care about children’s safety and health. The fact is that they lack self-control mostly when they are young.
But it’s possible if you become self-disciplined on your iPhone or iPad screen time, and talk with your parents that you are old enough to monitor the screen time by yourself.
The steps are easy. Changing the screen time passcode steps on the organizer’s iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Screen time.
- Tap the child’s name under family.
- Tap Change Screen Time Passcode; Tap Change Screen Time Passcode.
- Authenticate with the organizer’s Touch ID or passcode to proceed.
- On Set a new screen time passcode page, enter a new pin code.
Done. You should change the screen time passcode successfully.
People Also Asked Questions and Answers:
Will reset all settings remove screen time passcode? Will factory reset remove screen time passcode?
Find the real answers to the above two questions in the article: Will “Reset All Settings” Remove Screen Time Passcode?
We hope this article helped you find no options to change screen time passcode how to fix. You may also like our tutorials on: Apple ID or iCloud Sign Out is Greyed Out – Here’s The Fix, How to Bypass Screen Time Passcode.