I Forgot My Restrictions Passcode on my iPhone – The Solutions

Forgetting your Restrictions passcode can be a nightmare situation, made worse by the fact that many of the advice articles on the internet tell you that you will need to restore the iPhone to get it back. While setting up your Restrictions passcode is the smart thing to do, Apple has failed to provide solutions for what to do when you lose it.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the ways you can remove or change your Restrictions passcode easily. Don’t worry most of them are easy to do.

1 First Things to Do: Backup Your iPhone

Before we begin, it is important that you create a backup of your device on iTunes and make sure that the backup you create is unencrypted. We will make use of this unencrypted backup to figure out the passcode. It is also important to create the backup so you can have a way to restore the device should something go wrong.

To back up the iPhone, simply connect the device to the computer and then launch iTunes. Select the device when it appears in iTunes and under Backups makes sure that “Encrypt iPhone Backup” is not checked. Then click “Backup Now.”

Backup Your iPhone


2 How to Remove Restrictions Passcode without iTunes Easily

iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac is not only an iPhone data recovery tool, but also an iOS system recovery software which helps in fixing loopholes in the operating system. The advanced mode from its "Fix iOS System" feature supports removing the restrictions passcode without iTunes. But this mode will erase all the content and settings on your iPhone as well. The main features of this program including the following:

  1. The normal mode of "Fix iOS System" feature assists in repairing corrupted iOS system without causing any loss to the existing data on the iPhone.
  2. The advanced mode of "Fix iOS System" feature supports reinstalling your iOS system, which will erase all the data on your device.
  3. You can also use this tool to recover lost data from iOS device, from iTunes, or from iCloud.

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Steps to Remove Restrictions Passcode Using iMyFone D-Back

Step 1: Install D-Back on your computer. Start the program, and from the main window select “Fix iOS System” option. Connect your iPhone to the computer and choose the "Advanced Mode" from the screen. This mode will erase all the data on your screen and bring your iPhone to a brand-new one.

select fix ios system

Connect your iPhone to the computer

Step 2: iMyFone D-Back will detect the latest firmware version according to your iPhone model automatically. Press the download button to download the firmware.

download the firmware

wait for a moment

Step 3: After downloading the firmware, the software will begin reinstall the system of your iPhone. Your iPhone restarts automatically once the program fixes the software.

 begin repairing your iPhone

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When the repair process is completed, you may need to set your iPhone as a brand-new iPhone.

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3 9 Steps to Reset Restrictions Using iBackupBot

You can also download iBackupBot to find the restrictions code.

Note: Someone hat reported that this method doesn't work, while others find it works for them.

Step 1: Go to http://www.icopybot.com/itunes-backup-manager.htm and download the PC or Mac version to your computer. Ensure that you download iBackupBot and not iCopyBot.

Step 2: Open the file and install it on your computer. Open the program. It will start to load the backup information for your device. This process takes some time. If you see an error message appear during this process, simply click “OK” and the program will load what it can.

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Step 3: When it’s done, you will see a folder for your iPhone near the top. Open the folder and then select the “System Files Folder.”

Open System Files folder

Step 4: Select “HomeDomain” from the list.

Select “HomeDomain” from the list

Step 5: Then, open the Library folder.

open the Library folder

Step 6: Then Open “Preferences.” Type com.apple.re and then tap enter on your keyboard. Find the option that says com.apple.restrictionspasscode.plist and click on it. A popup window will appear asking for your registration information. Press “OK” and then “OK” again and then select “Cancel”

find com.apple.restrictionspasscode.plist

Step 7: Next, open a browser window and go to http://ios7hash.derson.us/  and the copy the code in iBackupBot under “Restrictions Password Key” and then paste it into the appropriate location on the website. Do the same for “Restrictions Password Salt.”

copy the code in iBackupBot

Step 8: Leave the “Starting Passcode” at 0000 and the “Last Search Code” at 9999 and click on “Search for Code.” The process will take some time depending on your passcode numbers.

Search for Code

Step 9: Once the code has been found, a popup window will appear with your 4-digit passcode.

your 4-digit passcode shows

This works for iOS 7, 8,9 and 10 and it is by far the easiest way to get your passcode. You can now just open Restrictions on your iPhone, enter the passcode and turn Restrictions off if you need to.


4 Erase Your Device with iTunes, iCloud or Recovery Mode

If you’d rather not use a third-party solution to get your passcode back, you can always erase the device either with iCloud, iTunes or using recovery mode. This will completely erase the device and its passcode.

01 How to erase your device with iTunes

If you had synced your device with iTunes, here’s how to restore the device.

Step 1: Connect the device to your computer and then open iTunes. Wait for the iPhone to sync with iTunes and create a backup.

Step 2: Once the backup is complete, click “Restore iPhone.”

How to erase your device with iTunes

Step 3: Proceed to set up your device afresh and when you get to the “Apps & Data Screen,” choose to “Restore from and iTunes Backup” and select the device in iTunes, choose a backup and restore.

02 How to Erase your Device with iCloud

If you had setup find my phone, you can use iCloud to erase the device and its passcode and then restore it. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: On another device go to https://www.icloud.com/find and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2: Click on “All Devices” and select the device you want to erase

Step 3: Click “Erase Device” and you can now set up your device as new or restore it from a backup.

03 How to Erase the Device with Recovery Mode

If iTunes or iCloud are not an option for you, you can erase the device using recovery mode. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Step 1: Connect the device to the computer and then open iTunes. Force restart the device by holding the Sleep/Wake button and the Home buttons at the same time or the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons if you have an iPhone 7. You should see the recovery mode screen. (The iTunes logo with a USB cable pointing towards it.)

Step 2: When you see the option to update or restore in iTunes, choose “Restore.” Then, iTunes will download the software for your device. Once the process is complete, set up your device as new.

Erase the Device with Recovery Mode

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