What to Do When Screen Time Passcode Not Working

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iOS updates always come with a twist on their security. The iOS 12 comes with a new feature called the “screen time passcode”. The advantage of this is that it can help you to set your usage limit and parents can monitor how their children are using their mobile devices thus, a form of parental guidance but everything goes sour when you forget this passcode or the passcode in your mind does not work.

Are you locked out from your iOS device because screen time passcode not working? Did you forget your screen time passcode and had to retry severally until passcode was disabled? Oh yes, I know that is embarrassing and you are scared that you will lose all your data. Do not panic, there are solutions for you.

Screen Time Passcode Not Working? – Reset from Settings

With your normal phone passcode, you can erase your iPhone; this will involve clearing all your data as well as your settings. This process is an easy one and will not take so much time.

However, you should endeavour to back up your data on iTunes or iCloud before erasing your device. If your data is back up, you can now proceed to erasing your iPhone.

Follow these steps to erase your iPhone after screen time passcode not working:

  1. From the Home Screen of your iPhone, Tap on the Settings application.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings .
  5. Tap on Erase iPhone.
  6. To confirm, tap on Erase iPhone again.
  7. Enter your Passcode.
  8. Enter your Apple ID password.

This will clear all settings and passcodes from your device and you can restore your backups or decide to set it up as a new device.

Screen Time Passcode Not Working? – Remove The Passcode

Here is a solution if you cannot recover your passcode. iMyFone LockWiper, as the name clearly states, will help you wipe the screen time passcode. It is very efficient and can remove all types of locks on your iOS device.

This application is run from a computer and it has a simple and friendly User Interface (UI). Hence, you will need a computer and a USB cable to connect your mobile device to the computer. Make sure your USB cable is in good working condition. It must not be shaky. This application provides a detailed guide on its processes and does not need any professional knowledge.

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  • It can help you remove the screen time passcode in just minutes without any hassles.
  • It can unlock your Apple ID when you forgot the password.
  • It can also support to unlock all kind of iPhone passcode like 4/6-digit passcode, Face ID and Touch ID.
  • Supports iOS devices even when it’s disabled, or with broken screen, or a second-hand device.
  • Compatible with all iOS versions include iOS 12 and the latest iPhone XS.

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Follow these steps if your screen time passcode is not working:

Step 1: Download, Install and launch iMyFone Lock Wiper on your computer. Click “Start”.

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Step 2: Connect your phone to the program. Click on “Next” and wait for it to load your device information.

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Step 3: Now that your device has been detected, you can either select the firmware version and click “Download”.

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Step 4: When this is done downloading and verifying, click “Start to Extract” and also wait patiently till you see “Extraction Completed”.

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Step 5: Click on “Start Unlock” to start the unlocking process.

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Step 6: Read the notice on the screen and enter “000000” in the text box as requested to confirm then click on “Unlock”.

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Step 7: Once the process finished, your screen time passcode will be removed.

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After a few minutes, the passcode will be removed and your device will be unlocked. Congratulations!

Note: Please note that in this process, all your data will be erased and your iOS will be updated to the latest version.

Screen Time Passcode Not Working? – Recover The Passcode

This process helps you to recover your passcode while keeping your data safe and intact. If your assumed screen time passcode not working on your iOS device and you require a preserving way to recover passcode, you should try the iPhone Backup Extractor.

This application is available for both Windows PC and Mac.

To do this, the following will be needed:

  1. Windows PC and Mac
  2. An iTunes backup or iCloud account and credentials
  3. iPhone Backup Extractor

If you have all these then the following steps will guide you to recover your passcode when your screen time passcode not working:

Meanwhile, these steps will only work if you had created an iTunes or iCloud backup after setting the screen time lock. This backup is created by synchronizing (syncing is the short form) your device with iTunes.

Step 1: Download and install, then open the iPhone Backup Extractor for either your Windows PC or Mac.
Step 2: Now, a number of backups will show at the left side of the application, choose one with your passcode
Step 3: On the menu bar, click on “Utilities” then select “Recover Screen Time/ restrictions passcode”.
Step 4: Click on “Start” to begin recovering the screen time passcode
Step 5: This will take a short time and your screen time passcode will be recovered and displayed.


Parental guidance is a good thing but when not properly executed becomes a problem. The toils of recovering a forgotten screen time passcode can be avoided if we choose passcodes which are not too difficult to remember. However, if you ever have issues with your screen time passcode, this guide will be very useful.  Where it is difficult to recover your password from the backup services, iMyFone Lock Wiper will simply remove it.

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