Restrictions passcode is the most important feature in an iPhone. It allows the users to control how much their iPhone is used by others, particularly apps installation and in-app purchases.

Restrictions passcode also comes in handy for parents, who want to block certain features in an iPhone and apps for kids. But, sometimes the users forget the Restrictions passcode of their iPhone.

It is important to recover iPhone restrictions passcode if you want to change the restrictions again on your iPhone. We will show you some methods using which you can easily recover restrictions passcode.

#1. Recover iPhone Restrictions Passcode via iTunes Restore

You are able to make a backup of your iPhone data using official iTunes. Whenever you want to recover any data, you can restore the iTunes backup to your iPhone. Now, you can also recover iPhone restrictions passcode via iTunes backup. Before you begin this method, ensure that “Find My Phone” is disabled in Settings. Follow the steps below to restore the iTunes backup.

Step 1. Open iTunes on computer and connect your iPhone with USB cable. Make sure iTunes is updated to the latest version.

Step 2. Under the “Summary” tab, click on “Restore iPhone”.

Step 3. Click on “Restore” again to give confirmation.

Step 4. Click “Next” in the update window and then click on “Agree”. The restore process will begin immediately. Wait until the iTunes gets updated and restores your iPhone. Now, you can use your device without restrictions passcode.

restore iphone


Why cannot recover iPhone restrictions passcode via iCloud backup restore?

When you back up the via iCloud, the entire data will get backed up to the iCloud servers. So, when you restore that backup to the iPhone, the same passcode that you forgot will get restored again. So, you cannot recover iPhone restrictions passcode via iCloud backup restore.

If you regularly back up the iPhone data to iTunes on the computer, you can also recover the restrictions passcode. The steps given below differ for Mac and Windows PC.

#2. Recover the Restrictions Passcode on Windows PC

Step 1. Download iBackupBot for iTunes and install this tool. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to it. Select your iPhone and then under Summary tab, click on “Back Up Now” for creating backup of your device.

Step 2. Open iBackupBot. Now go to System Files -> HomeDomain-> Library -> Preferences.

Step 3. Scroll to find “”. Open it using Notepad or Wordpad.

Step 4. When you open this file, scroll to find these codes-

<key >SBParentalControlsMCContentRestrictions<key >

<dict >

<key >countryCode<key > /

<string >us<string >

</dict >

Step 5. Add this-

<key >SBParentalControlsPIN<key >

<string >1234<string >

Just copy and paste it from here. You must insert this code just after </dict> given in the previous step.

Step 6. Save and close this file. Now, connect your iPhone and restore it from backup.


In the above steps, you have edited the backup file and changed the Restrictions Passcode to ‘1234’. Then, you have restored that backup to your iPhone. Now, the Restrictions Passcode of your device is ‘1234’.

#3. Recover the Restrictions Passcode on Mac

Step 1. Open iTunes on your Mac and connect your iPhone to it.

Step 2. There is a program in the Mac that can easily read Restrictions passcode from the iTunes backup. Download iPhone Backup Extractor app. Unzip and install the app.

Step 3. Run the program and select Read Backups from iPhone. Then scroll down to find ‘iOS’ files’ and select it and then ‘Extract’.

Step 4. In the extracted file, open ‘’.

Step 5. In the next window, find ‘SBParentalControlsPin’. You can find a number near that text. This is the restrictions passcode of your iPhone.


Using the above methods, you can reset and recover iPhone restrictions passcode either on a Windows PC or Mac depending on the iTunes backup.

Related Tip on iPhone Restrictions Passcode

You can also follow the simple methods given below to solve some restrictions passcode issues on your iPhone.

1. Turn off Restrictions in Advance to Prevent Loss of Restrictions Passcode

Open Settings on your iPhone and then tap on Screen Time (for iOS 12). Then tap on Change Screen Time Passcode and choose “Turn Off Screen Time Passcode” in the menu that appears. If you need turn off Screen Time, tap on Turn Off Screen Time.


2. Restore your iPhone via Recovery Mode

If you did not back up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud, you have to restore it via Recovery Mode. Follow the steps below for restoring the iPhone.

Step 1. Open iTunes on computer and connect your iPhone to it.

Step 2. When your device gets connected, force restart it.

For iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Push and release the Volume Up button, push and release the Volume Down button. Push and hold Side button till you see the Recovery mode screen.

For iPhone 7 (Plus): Push and hold the Volume Down and Side button simultaneously till you see the Recovery mode screen.

For iPhone 6s and earlier: Push and hold the Top/Side buttons and Home button at the same time till you see Recovery mode screen.

Step 3. You will be asked to either Restore or Update. Select Restore.

Step 4. iTunes will download the software for your iPhone. The device will exit the Recovery mode if the time taken is more than 15 minutes. If this happens, repeat 2nd and 3rd steps. When the process is finished, you can set up your device and use it.


Tips on How to Recover Other Data from iPhone Directly

If you want to recover other data from your iPhone directly, you can use third-party software. It doesn’t require any backup and can easily retrieve the lost data from your iPhone.

One of the most popular data recovery tools, iMyFone D-Back is efficient in recovering the lost data of your iPhone. It supports even the latest iPhone modes on iOS 12. It does not support to recover restriction passcode for now, but it will be supported soon.

  • It has been recommended by CNETtechradarPCWorld and other professional websites.
  • D-Back applies advanced technology to search for the deleted data in the SQLite database in the most thorough way, which makes it the best data recovery tool with the highest recovery rate in the market.
  • It supports to recover deleted data without backup.
  • It supports to view the data within iPhone backups which cannot be done with iTunes and iCloud. Viewing all the content of iTunes or iCloud backups before recovering or restoring means you will not restore a wrong backup with unneeded data.

Step 1.Open iMyFone D-Back on your computer and click on “Recover from iOS Device”. Click “Start”.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2.Connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Click “Next” when the software automatically detects your device.

connect your device

Step 3.All the available file types will be displayed. Select the files types you need and click “Scan”.

select data types

Step 4.All the data that can be recovered will be shown when the scan gets completed. Select the files you need to recover and Click “Recover”. Create a new folder or select the existing one to store the recovered data. When the recovery process completes, all the selected files will be recovered.

Preview File from iOS Tab

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If you are stuck and want to recover restrictions passcode, view all the methods given above carefully. Try the method that you trust depending on your situation. Leave your comments below if you want any help to recover iPhone restrictions passcode.