How to Reset Forgotten Restrictions Passcode on iPhone & iPad

By Lois Green, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The "Restrictions" settings, also known as parental controls, are regularly used to block or restrict specific apps and features on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, including YouTube and contents from your Music, Podcasts, and iBooks, etc. This is a nice feature for you to restrict your children play games or open other apps on your iPhone/iPad.

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By default, Restrictions is disabled. But if you want to block apps or contents on your iPhone, you can add that restriction by setting up a passcode in Settings > General > Restrictions. The Restrictions passcode is a 4-digit number that you need to input each time you want to access or use the restricted apps or contents. Unfortunately, sometimes people forgot the Restrictions passcode they have set so that they are unable to access certain apps. If you are also the one, here we show you how to reset forgotten restrictions passcode on your iPhone 6s/6/5s/4s and iPad.

Reset Restrictions Passcode on iPhone


Part 1: How to Reset/Change iPhone Restrictions Passcode?

The only way to reset, change or remove the Restrictions passcode is to erase your device and set it up as new. By factory restoring your iPhone, you will lose all data on the device. Hopefully you've backup your precious iPhone photos, contacts, music, etc. previously. Follow the steps below to remove Restrictions passcode on iPhone.

Step 1. Open iTunes on Mac or PC. Then, connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. If a message on your iPhone asks you to "Trust This Computer",tap "Trust".

Step 3. Click your iPhone icon when it appears in iTunes.

Step 4. In the Summary panel, click "Restore iPhone".

Restore iPhone


Step 5. After your device restores to factory settings, it restarts. The Restrictions is removed.  Now you can set it up as new and reset Restrictions passcode on your iPhone.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you see a welcome screen on your iPhone, select "Set Up as New iPhone" when promoted. If you choose to "Restore from iTunes Backup" or "Restore from iCloud Backup", you will simply restore your restrictions password as well.

Restore iPhone as New

Part 2: FAQs

Q: If I cannot restore iPhone from backup, does it mean that I will lose all data on my iPhone and start from stratch?

No. you still have two options to get back your iPhone data.

Option 1: Restore your iPhone from a backup made before the restrictions passcode was set.

Option 2: You can recover iPhone data with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. If you've backed up your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud, you can extract iPhone files from iTunes or restore iPhone from iCloud with this program. All recovered files will be saved on your computer. If necessary, you can sync them back to your iPhone and FonePaw iOS Transfer can help you copy photos, music, contacts, voice memos, ringtones, movies, videos, etc. from computer to iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Q. How can I back up iPhone without iTunes or iCloud so next time when I factory reset my device I can get back files easier?

You are advised to back up your iOS device with iTunes or iCloud regularly. In addition to this, you have other better choice which allows you backup iPhone without iTunes. FonePaw iOS Transfer allows you to backup all or specific files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. You can backup iPhone to Mac or PC. You can also backup iPhone photos, contacts, music, SMS or other files that you need specifically. Unlike iTunes or iCloud which is a kind of "nothing-or-all" backup method, FonePaw iOS Transfer gives you the chance for selection.

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