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What Happens After 10 Failed Screen Time Passcode Attempts

What happens after 10 failed screen time passcode attempts (iOS 17/16/15) or restriction passcode attempts? You may wonder what to do if you forgot your screen time passcode on your iPhone or iPad. Will it lock my iPhone or iPad and cause me to reset it? Then how to change or reset the Screen Time Passcode after failed attempts?

The answer is:

When you forget your screen time password, you still need to wait for 1 hour to try again. Your iPhone or iPad will not be locked, but you can’t change any screen time settings until you enter the correct screen time passcode.

In the article, we’ll show you how to remove or reset the Screen Time Passcode after failed screen time password attempts.

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll learn in this article:

What is Screen Time Passcode.

Screen Time Passcode is the four-digit password that you can lock the Screen Time settings and the whole app usage of your iDevices, such as the downtime, app limits, communication limits, content & privacy restrictions, and more. Screen Time Passcode can be used to control personal screen time and also regulate the family sharing Screen Time.

Nowadays, screen time passcode is widely applied in Parental Control. Many failed screen time passcode attempts mostly caused by forgetting the screen time passcode.

Part 1: What Happens After 10 Failed Screen Time Passcode Attempts.

An escalating waiting time will be triggered for more wrong screen time passcode attempts.

  • 6 failed screen time passcode attempts, try again in 1 minute.
  • 7 failed screen time passcode attempts, try again in 5 minutes.
  • 8 failed screen time passcode attempts, try again in 15 minutes.
  • 9 failed passcode attempts, try again in 60 minutes.
  • 10 failed screen time passcode attempts, try again in 60 minutes.
  • 11 or more failed screen time passcode attempts, try again in 1 hour.

Now How Many Failed Passcode Attempts for Your iPhone/iPad Screen Time Password?

Answer: 10 or more attempts.

If you try more than 10 attempts, it will only limit you to try again in one hour. When you know the iPhone won’t be locked for numerous screen time passcode attempts, it is safe for your data on your iPhone or iPad.

You can reset the screen time passcode and save all your data without a factory reset with our method in Part 2 and Part 3. Moreover, if you have any chance to remember your password, you can still try again after waiting for some time.

Although your device is not locked when you forget the screen time password, if you add many limits to the screen time passcode, it becomes inconvenient for you to use your iPhone or iPad. Once you set downtime and app time limits, you are restricted from using your iPhone without the password. It’s so annoying.

In the 10 incorrect screen lock passcode entries in a row situation, the answer is different, please refer to How Many Failed Passcode Attempts on iPhone.

How to Reset or Change the Screen Time Passcode after Failed Attempts When You Forgot the Password?

If you forget your screen time passcode and get failed attempts messages, you can recover your screen time passcode with Apple’s Screen Time Passcode Recovery, or you can remove the screen time password without data loss with the third-party software, SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker.

If your newly reset passcode won’t change or reset, you can first force restart your iPhone. Or you can use the software in Part 3 to disable the screen time.

Part 2. Reset your Screen Time Passcode using Apple ID. – Apple’s Forgot Passcode Option.

The Apple official recommends a way that is very easy to recover your screen time passcode with the “Forgot Passcode” option. By entering your Apple ID & password, you can recover your password or turn it off.

  • After 10 failed screen time passcode attempts, on your iDevice, Tap Settings > Screen time, then tap Change Screen Time passcode > Change Screen Time passcode or Turn off Screen Time.
  • Tap “Forgot Passcode?” on the pop-up window. Enter your Apple ID credential. Your iDevice should return the status of screen time passcode disabled.
Enter Apple ID to reset screen time passcode
Enter Apple ID to reset screen time passcode

In this way, you will remove your screen time passcode after 10 times failed attempts.

Part 3. Remove your Screen Time Passcode via SD iPhone Unlocker.

Here we also offer a quick solution if you didn’t set your Apple ID during the passcode setup. Luckily this is a great method without sacrificing your data. You can remove your screen time passcode without data loss in a few clicks on a PC or Mac. Unlike that, if you unlock the screen time passcode using iTunes, you will need to reset your iPhone/iPad.

Note the following when you use this method:

  1. Disable Find My.
  2. Set up your iPhone or iPad again without data loss after you remove the screen time passcode. Follow the on-screen options.

Step 1:Launch the app and Head to Screen Time.

Reset iPhone forgotten Screen Time Passcode via app- Start

Start to remove Screen Time Passcode

Step 2:Turn off Find my iPhone /iPad first. And connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer.

iPhone Unlocker-Turn off Find My

This software requires you to turn off the function of Find My.

Go to settings>[your name]>Find My, Turn off Find my iPhone or iPad here by entering your Apple ID password.

Step 3: Click Start button to remove your screen time passcode.

Screen Time Passcode unlocked successfully

This method is easy, secure, and fast. If you have any questions about using this SD iPhone unlocker to unlock your screen time passcode, please share your comments below. We will try our best to help you.

If the screen time passcode recovery won’t work for you, try a force restart.

How to Force Restart or Hard Reset iPhone 13/12/11

Option 2:Screen Time Passcode Won’t Sync Troubleshooting – Backup and Update the iOS System.

Be careful with this method. Do back up your device Before updating the iOS system in case of any possible errors during the update. If you have any existing iOS system problems, fix them with iOS system recovery.

If the force reboot didn’t fix it, try the following software troubleshooting methods.

Do a fully encrypted backup of your whole device, and then update it to the latest iOS 13/14/15 version. The latest versions may overcome weird software issues.

Cannot turn off your screen time passcode because of the prompted failed screen time passcode message? We suggest you turn to the third-party software SD iPhone passcode unlocker. (the above one)

Hopefully, one of the steps should do the trick.

Part 4: Common Questions & Answers:

1. How to Set up Screen Time Passcode on iPhone/iPad?

We have covered a detailed article on What is screen time passcode and how to turn on it.

2. Will Reset All Settings Remove the Screen Time Passcode?

[Updated] Reset all settings from the Settings app will get rid of the screen time password, but you need to know your screen time passcode and screen lock passcode and enter them before tapping “Reset All Settings”. (iOS 14.6 or later proved)

3. What does a screen time passcode do?

The screen time password is the four-digit password used along with the Screen Time feature with iPhone/iPad/iPod. Screen time passcode is capable of locking the Screen Time settings of iDevice, such as downtime, app limits, contacts, communication limits, content & privacy restrictions, and more. Screen time passcode can be used to limit the screen time of your personal device or your family member’s device(with family sharing on). It is widely used to regulate the usage of a child’s iPhone or iPad for parental control. As is known to all Apple’s screen time app is one of the best parental control apps. Screen time passcode is the lock of the overall iPhone content and settings, and the app usage time.  It monitors how much time you and your child spend on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. It can help you limit excessive screen time and keep a good habit of using a mobile phone with a password.

4. Common screen time passcodes? How to guess or hack the screen time password?

It is not easy to guess a four-digit screen time password. With the increased awareness of cybersecurity, people tend to avoid using easily cracked passwords and common password patterns like “1234” or the date of birth. Because there is a good chance that if your phone is stolen or lost, criminals could get into your phone within their first few attempts. So you are less likely to guess the password.

You may also want to read troubleshooting tips about how to fix Screen Time Passcode Won’t Change. For more troubleshooting resolutions about screen time passcode Please search on our site.

5. Is there any free tool to remove screen time and restriction passcode?

For iOS 12 and earlier versions, Pinfinder is a reputable free tool to help you to get rid of screen time passcode, which supports devices running iOS 7 or later, all the way through to iOS 12.4 – iOS 13 and 13.1 are not supported. The free software also supports Mac, Windows, and Linux.

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