How to Change Your Restrictions Passcode If You Forgot it? (No Data Loss)

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Apple has introduced its Restrictions feature to help you restrict certain apps and block inappropriate websites on your children’s Apple devices. The Restrictions passcode enables you to keep your settings safe from unauthorized users. Nowadays, Restrictions passcode has been commonly used by parents to make their iOS devices kid-friendly.

However, forgetting the Restrictions passcode has become a common issue among Apple users. Apple official states that there is no way to recover it, and you have to restore your iOS device. It may not be worth restoring your iPhone for a forgotten Restrictions passcode. Here we are going to introduce how to change Restrictions passcode if you forgot it. Most importantly, you don’t need to restore or reset your iPhone.

How to Change Your Restrictions Passcode If You Forgot it? Recover it without Data Loss

If you don’t want to use the official method to factory reset your iPhone, you may need to use the third-party software to help recover your Restrictions passcode. You may consider its safety and performance when you think of recovering a passcode via third-party software. So we recommend you to try iMyFone LockWiper. It is very safe to use and trusted by thousands of users. It will retrieve and find your Restrictions passcode without damage to your device or files. It is fully tested with 100% safety, so you should feel comfortable with its stability.

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Key features of iMyFone LockWiper:

  • Quickly unlock Restrictions passcode without losing your data.
  • Remove Screen Time passcode on iOS12/13 directly without data loss.
  • Remove Apple ID from any device without the use of a password.
  • Unlock any screen passcode from a broken screen or disabled iOS device.
  • Support all versions of iOS including iOS 13.

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How to change your Restrictions passcode if you forgot it by using iMyFone LockWiper:

Step 1. Launch iMyFone LockWiper application on your computer and go to "Unlock Screen Time Passcode".

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Step 2. Connect your iOS device to your computer. Then software will detect your device.

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Step 3. Press "Start to Unlock" button to initialize the process.

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Step 4. After a few minutes, you can know your current Restrictions passcode.

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After successfully getting back your current Restrictions passcode, you can change it easily:

1. Go to "Setting > General > Restrictions".
2. Enter your 4-digit Restrictions passcode.
3. Tap on "Disable Restrictions".
4. Enter your current 4-digit passcode again.
5. Tap "Enable Restrictions" and create new Restrictions passcode.
6. Re-enter the new Restrictions passcode to confirm.

How to Change Your Restrictions Passcode If You Forgot it? Recover it with iTunes Backup

If you have backed up your iOS device to iTunes on a computer, you can try to recover the Restrictions passcode from your iTunes backup and then change your Restrictions passcode. Please note that your iTunes backup should contain the current Restrictions passcode or you cannot use this approach.

How to change your Restrictions passcode if you forgot it by using iTunes backup:

If you are using a Mac:
Step 1. Turn on your Mac.
Step 2. Go to "Library".
Step 3. Tap on "Application Support".
Step 4. Then go to "App Store". Find a file named "adoption.plist".
Step 5. Press the .plist file, hold the Control key, select "Open with Text Edit".
Step 6. Look for a line of code formatted as: < interger >XXXX< /interger >.
Step 7. The "XXXX" is your Restrictions passcode. Then you can change your Restrictions passcode easily.

If you are using a Windows computer:
Step 1. Turn on your Windows computer.
Step 2. Launch the "File Explorer" and choose the drive installed the operating system. It should be Disk (C:) in most cases.
Step 3. Click on "Users".
Step 4. Choose the "Username" on the right side.
Step 5. Then go to"AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer".
Step 6. Then click on "MobileSync".
Step 7. Click "Backup" and find a file named "adoption.plist".
Step 8. Press the .plist file, hold the Control key, select "Open with Text Edit".
Step 9. Look for a line of code formatted as: < interger >XXXX< /interger >.
Step 10. The "XXXX" is your Restrictions passcode. Then you can change your Restrictions passcode easily.

Note:
Unlike a Mac, Windows computer does not have the default capability to open a .plist file so you need to search and download a .plist opener from Google.


Restrictions passcode is a handy tool to make iPhone a desired computing device for your children. And this article tells you how to change your Restrictions passcode if you forgot it. So you don’t need to worry about forgetting Restrictions passcode.

iMyFone LockWiper is the easiest way to recover your Restrictions passcode as it does not require restoring or backup. If you already have an iTunes backup, you can also find back your passcode through Text Edit. Both methods will keep your data safe and complete, so you can choose according to your device state.