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How to Reset Screen Time Passcode When You Forgot It

Looking for How to reset the screen time passcode on your iPhone or iPad iOS 12/13/14/15 or iOS 16? Don’t be annoyed with the iPhone/iPad with the app’s limited screen. This article gives you proven and comprehensive fix solutions about how to reset the screen time passcode, even if you forgot it.

How to reset Screen Time Passcode – when you forgot it.

For those who forgot the child’s screen time passcode how to fix it, or if you forgot your family member’s screen time password, check our article: How to Reset Child’s Screen Time Passcode.

It’s significant to provide your Apple ID & password when you set up your screen time passcode on your iPhone/iPad or Mac. Thus you can use the Part 1 method to recover the screen time passcode.

Every day countless people forget their passwords 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. Here we strongly advise you to provide your Apple ID & password in case you forgot it and need a reset. We covered these resolutions on how to reset the screen time passcode in the below parts.

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

Apple has designed the option for you “Forgot Passcode” in the screen time feature. Tap “Forgot Passcode” in the Screen Time Passcode Recovery if you forgot the password. Steps showing below.

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 and skip providing your Apple ID & password when you set up your screen time passcode, You can also 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. Reset the iPhone or iPad.

If you forgot your screen time passcode, you can reset your iPhone to factory settings via iCloud or iTunes. It will remove everything including the forgotten password for screen time.

You can restore your iPhone or iPad on iCloud or iTunes, but you will lose all your data.

However, if you go to Settings > General > Erase All Content & Settings. If will ask you to enter your forgotten screen time passcode to proceed. Later confirm via authenticating 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(iOS 14 or iOS 15)? Use Part 3-SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker Way.

Some people can reset it only with the passcode(screen lock passcode), and 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 you’ve enabled it.) 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 via software. (No Data Loss Reset)

Option 2. Use a third-party app SD Screen Time Passcode Remover to remove the 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 head to the Screen Time section.

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.

Step 3. Start to Remove it 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 the Screen Time page during the setup process. Done. You can use your device without the screen time passcode and related restrictions.

Screen Time Passcode unlocked successfully

Video Tutorial.

Part 4: Reset the Forgotten Screen Time Passcode with iTunes.

Basic Requirement: An 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 app limit or screen time related settings, or if you forgot your kid’s screen time passcode, you can’t adjust the parental control settings.

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.

We hope this article helped you learn How to reset the screen time passcode. You may also want to see our tutorial on What is Screen Time Passcode and How to Set It, and Why Can’t Sign Out of Apple ID.

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Related: When you forgot your TikTok Screen Management Screen Time Password what do you do?

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.

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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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