How to Unlock Forgotten Screen Time Passcode Instantly

"I forgot my screen time passcode, How can I unlock and recover it? What should I do now? I forget only screen time passcode not lock screen or Face ID."

To enhance our digital health and boost our device's performance, Apple's iOS 12 features some great add-ons in the device. One of those awesome features is screen time. 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. All your iOS 12 devices in your home are linked to each other, and you can set App limits for yourself and your kids using screen time. Screen time comes in the parental control which allows parents to limit their children's activity on certain apps through Control & Privacy Restrictions. To do all this, we need a passcode. If you forgot screen time passcode, you need to read this article.

Part 1: What is Screen Time Passcode?

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. Upon setting the feature for your child's device, the iOS 12 (or above) will ask you to set a screen time password. Also, you need to set a password on iOS 12 (or above) to access Content & Privacy Restrictions. If you opt for "Ask For More Time" on the restricted apps, you can create a screen time passcode there, too.

4-digit screen time passcode

The 4-digit screen time password is different than the password used to lock and unlock your iOS device. As most of the kids know the password used to enter their parents' iPhone, the screen time passcode help parents to keep this passcode a secret. If you want to change screen time passcode or disable it in iOS 12 or above. Read on to know the different techniques to bypass iOS screen time passcode later in this article.

Part 2: Why You Forgot Screen Time Passcode?

iOS devices are made extremely anti-theft due to which recovery of passcodes is not easy. This system has made our devices even safer that nobody can steal or even look into our data without our permission. Sometimes it happens with all of us that we forget our passwords that are complex and unique and hard to remember. We all have many apps that require safety and passwords, and we just cannot keep the track of all of them in our mind. We have to keep them safe somewhere else too, like write them somewhere. The reason you forget your screen time passcode is that you might have not used the password manager, or you didn't keep the record of all your passwords somewhere.

If you keep trying to unlock the screen time and you have failed for 6 times, the screen will lockout for 1 minute. 7 times failure of attempting to enter passcode gives you 5 minutes lockout, 8 failures give 15 minutes lockout, and 9 failures give you 1 hour lockout. As you can see the situation is getting terrible, now after 10 failed attempts, your system will be either completely locked out, or it will erase all your data. This depends on the settings of your device. To save yourself from this crucial situation you have to keep your screen time passcode safe as much as you can. Hence, you just simply CANNOT forget your password, otherwise, you will have to face terrible circumstances.

Part 3: How to Unlock iPhone Screen Time Passcode

To unlock screen time passcode, first, you have to create the backup of your data so you don't lose your data as we need to reset your iOS 13/12.4/12. Don't waste your time in inefficient methods or which are tedious to perform. We have the best solution to unlock your iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)/Xs/Xs Max/XR/X/8, etc, which is using PassFab iPhone Backup Unlocker. It is able to bypass backup password and screen time passcode you have on your iPhone and iPad.

Step 1: Download and install iPhone Backup Unlocker software on your PC/Mac. Connect your iPhone to the computer using USB cable. Click "Remove Screen Time Passcode" option.

click start remove iPhone passcode

Step 2: Hit the Start button to commence the Screen Time passcode removing. If the "Find My iPhone" has been turned on, you need to turn it off first.


Step 3: Wait for the removing process, the Screen Time passcode can be removed successfully.

removed successfully

In the end, set up your device by following the on-screen instructions.

set up device

You are able to watch this video tutorial about how to unlock scrren time passcode:

Part 4: How to Avoid Losing Screen Time Passcode?

Way 1. Using iOS 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. The best way to keep all your login details of iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other iOS devices safe is to use a iOS password manager. 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 recover screen time passcode and avoid losing it: 1Password, LastPass, mSuecure, Enpass, Keeper, Data Vault, etc.

Way 2. Using iCloud Keychain

Apple has created a service for this purpose called iCloud Keychain which creates, stores, and syncs your passwords. However, it should not be the only place to keep all your passwords. In case something goes wrong, you should have a backup with the keychain. They are digital vaults to keep your important and confidential information safe like PINs, credit card numbers, login details like usernames, passwords and much more.

Last but not least, you can also create a note with secret stuff like important stuff related to your life.


Now we know in case we forget our screen time passcode, we just have to use iTunes backup password recovery tool from PassFab to get our working device back. We also know the reason why we forgot screen time passcode, and how to avoid losing the screen time passcode in the future.

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


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