Forgot Screen Time Passcode on iPhone? Here's the Fix

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Jerome Mills
Nov 24, 20223 min read

Forgot your Screen Time passcode on your iPhone? Don't worry. We've got 3 solutions for you.

Screen Time Passcode lets you better manage the time you or your kids spend on iPhone. Basically, once the time limit is reached, you will need to enter the correct passcode to continue using your device or app normally.

What if you previously set a Screen Time passcode but forgot it because you haven't used your iPhone for a long time?

Don't worry. We're here to help. Follow this guide to learn how to unlock the Screen Time passcode on your iPhone.

Forgot Screen Time Passcode on iPhone and iPad? Here's the Fix

What Is Screen Time?

Screen Time is a new feature introduced by Apple in iOS 12 in 2018. It helps you monitor the time you spend on your device and certain apps.

You can freely choose whether to set a password for the screen time function. If you want to focus on work, or keep your kids from getting addicted to their iPhone, it's a good idea to set a passcode for Screen Time. Once you do that, you'll need to enter the correct passcode every time you want to remove the Screen Time passcode or extend the time limit of an app.

What To Do If You Forgot Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

The Screen Time passcode is only 4 digits, but if you don't use it for a long time, you might forget it. Wondering what to do when you forget your Screen Time passcode? Read on for the fix.

Reset Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

On iOS 13.4 and later, setting a Screen Time passcode will require you to enter your Apple ID and password. That said, you can reset the Screen Time passcode through your Apple ID.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings, and tap Screen Time.
  2. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode, then tap it again.
    How to Reset Screen Time Passcode on iPhone
  3. Tap Forgot Passcode? and enter your Apple ID account and password.
    Forgot Screen Time Passcode
  4. Set your new screen time passcode, then verify your new passcode.

Reset iPhone to Unlock Screen Time Passcode

On iOS 13.3 and earlier, Screen Time is not tied to your Apple ID, which means you don't have the option to reset your Screen Time passcode. To unlock the Screen Time passcode, you can update iOS to 13.4 or later or reset your iPhone to factory settings.

Here're 2 ways to reset your iPhone.

Reset iPhone via iCloud

If Find My iPhone is turned on, you can use iCloud to quickly erase everything on your iPhone.

  1. Visit iCloud.com and log in to your account.
  2. Tap All Devices and tap the iPhone you want to erase.
  3. Tap Erase iPhone.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password and follow the onscreen instructions to delete all content on your iPhone.
Erase Device from iPhone
Tip
You can also reset your iPhone using the Find My app on your iPhone.

Reset iPhone via Finder or iTunes

  1. Turn off the Find My iPhone feature on your iPhone.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a cable.
  3. Open Finder on a Mac or iTunes on a PC.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to create an encrypted backup locally, then click the Restore Backup button to reset your iPhone.
    Back up iPhone with Finder
  5. Click the Erase and Restore button and wait for the erase process to finish.
    Restore iPhone with Finder
  6. Tap Restore from iTunes Backup on your iPhone, then select your backup in Finder or iTunes and click the Restore button.

Related Article: How to Reset iPhone to Factory Settings Without Apple ID Password

Retrieve Screen Time Passcode via Third-Party Tool

Resetting an iPhone not only takes a long time, but it may cause data loss, not to mention you also have to remember your Apple ID password. If you forgot your Apple ID password and don't want to restore your iPhone, is there a way to remove the screen time passcode?

If your iPhone is running iOS 7 - 12.5, then the answer is yes. What you need is a third-party screen time passcode unlocker.

Just choose your preferred unlocker, follow the on-screen instructions to encrypt and backup your iPhone data, then the unlocker will analyze and display your Screen Time passcode.

This approach might help, and it's worth a try. After all, you won't lose anything.

Conclusion

We hope one of these methods successfully unlocked your Screen Time passcode. If none of them work for you, try to decipher your code, since it's only 4 digits, you still have a chance to get it back.

It's worth noting that resetting your iPhone will delete everything on your iPhone. Make sure to back up your iPhone locally before performing resetting steps.

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