How to Recover Your Screen Time Passcode without A Reset

Apple has implemented a technique of Screen Time passcode to secure the Content & Privacy Restrictions on your iPhone. It also helps to set time limits for each app the user spends on his device. It monitors our app usages, and when our set time is finished or say it timeout, the apps are automatically shut down which helps us to avoid spending too much time on social media apps or gaming. Upon setting the feature for your child's device, the latest iOS 12 will ask you to set a screen time password. Also, you need to set a password on the latest iOS 12 to access Content & Privacy Restrictions. If in case you don't remember your passcode, we are here to help you recover screen time passcode.

Part 1: Can I Recover My Screen Time Passcode without A Reset?

Yes, you can recover your iPhone screen time passcode without a reset with the help of the latest software. In case you have forgotten your iPhone screen time passcode, you will have to face some cumbersome circumstances to unlock the screen time. This task is not easy as everyone out there keeps telling you that you have to reset your iOS 12 device and create a backup first. Then you need to download a new firmware package and restore all your data. There you will get your password. Now all these irritating steps are not necessary, as you can find your iPhone screen time passcode without a reset with software available in the market.

Part 2: How to Recover My Screen Time Passcode without A Reset

As a matter of fact, now you are able to recover your screen time passcode by using a program named PassFab iOS Password Manager. It is a powerful tool that does well in finding password in Apple device, including screen time passcode, Wi-Fi, website and app, mail account, Apple ID, etc. You are about to see how to use it as below:

Step 1. Launch this software after downloading and installing it.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone or iPad to this screen time passcode finder.

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Step 3. Click on "Start Scan" button and wait for a few minutes.

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Step 4. Your screen time passcode will be displayed in this application.

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Here is a video tutorial about how to recover screen time passcode using this software:

Part 3: Troubleshooting About Screen Time Passcode Recovery

There are a few potential causes if your Screen Time recovery option is inaccessible or you just forgot screen time passcode and now you are unable to get it back. The causes include:

  • You didn't set your device for a backup. That is easy to do with many solutions like iTunes, iCloud, or even some software.
  • You didn't encrypt your backup. Only the encrypted backups will store your Screen Time passcode. If you are doing it with iTunes, just tick the box saying "Encrypt this backup", and then select "Back up now".
  • The iPhone Backup Extractor is still working to load your backup. The menu item for "Recover Screen Time passcode" will be inaccessible until the backup is completely loaded.
  • The passcode can be recovered from the backup of your child's device. If you have set a passcode on a parents' device to set Screen Time on your child's iOS device, sometimes the passcode is unavailable on parents' device and can be found through child's device backup. Though, Apple is working to fix this problem.

These are some troubleshooting situations you might face and maybe you can find your answer in these causes.

Part 4: Some Tips on iPhone Screen Time Passcode

If you are still not sure about the difference between Screen Time passcode and screen unlocking passcode, the best thing to remember is unlock screen is a 6-digit passcode, whereas, Screen Time passcode is of 4 digits. Also, if you have moved to iOS 12 from iOS 11, and you set a Restrictions password on your iOS 11 earlier, the Screen Time passcode on iOS 12 will be enabled by default. If you don't know your Screen Time passcode, try entering Restrictions passcode. If that doesn't work, try these methods below.

4.1 How to Reset the Screen Time Passcode

Before getting started, make sure you have created a backup of your data because we have to erase all the data from your iOS device, and then we will be resetting your Screen Time password. The process is as easy as unlocking your iPhone. Just follow the steps below which will guide you on how to reset or unlock Screen Time passcode. Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 1: Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup on your iOS device to create a backup of your data on iCloud. After that, erase your data from iPhone.

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Step 2: Next, connect your device to iTunes. Click on "Restore iPhone" under the backups section.

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Step 3: When the process is complete, restart your phone. Keep following the onscreen instructions till you get on Apps & Data screen. There, select "Restore from iCloud Backup" option and hit "Next".

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Step 4: Using your Apple ID and password, sign in to iCloud. Select a backup when asked. Don't forget to verify the correct backup by checking the date and time. When the backup is restored on your iPhone, there will not be Screen Time limitations anymore.

4.2 How to Backup iPhone Screen Time Passcode

The best way to keep all your login details of iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other iOS 12 devices safe is to use a password manager. Most of us have unique and complex passwords for every other app that is hard to remember. Now you don't have to write them down on a piece of paper. You can avoid losing screen time passcode by simply entering your passcode in the password manager. Only you have to remember is one password to unlock the rest.

Password managers generate and retrieve the complex passwords and stores them in an encrypted database. Here are some password managers that will help you to avoid losing screen time passcode.

  • 1Password
  • LastPass
  • mSecure
  • Enpass
  • Keeper
  • Data Vault


Now we don't have to reset our device in order to recover the Screen Time passcode. We have introduced the best software that is the above mentioned iPhone password finder to recover your forgotten Screen Time passcodes. Also, try our tips for iPhone Screen Time passcode to avoid other related problems. Moreover, the troubleshooting section will definitely solve your problem.

Updated on / Posted by Shirley Howard to Screen Time / Follow @Shirley Howard


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