How to Remove Parental Controls on iPhone Without Password

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Mar 29, 2022 Updated On Mar 30, 2023
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Parental controls allow you to limit or block specific apps and features on your child's iPhone.

Doing so helps put in place restrictions for explicit content, purchases, and downloads for your child. But you'll need a password to turn this feature on. Seems pretty easy, right?

Turning on parental controls for your kid's devices is all great and good until you forget your password.

This will result in unnecessary limitations that can only be changed once you regain access to your settings.

So, how do you remove parental controls on an iPhone without a password? Here are other ways to remove parental controls from your iPhone without a password.  

Turn Off Parental Controls on iPhone without a Password

Having parental controls on your iPhone has several benefits, so it can seem like a waste to turn it off.

But if, for whatever reason, you've decided to change your mind and disable it but just happened to forget the password, don't fret. You can use Unlockit.

This professional tool enables you to remove your Screen Time passcode without losing any data in the process.

It's easy to use and has a high success rate. Plus, Unlockit works well with the all iPhone models and iOS versions. So, even if you upgrade your phone, you can still use this tool.

Here are the steps for downloading and using Unlockit to turn off parental controls without a password:

Step 1. Download and install Unlockit on your computer.

Step 2. Then, select the Remove Screen Time passcode.

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Step 3. Connect your iPhone to your computer and tap Trust from the pop-up alert on your device.

connect your device to your computer

Step 4. Next, you'll have to disable Find My iPhone. Go to Settings > Find My > Find My iPhone and switch it off. Once Find My iPhone has been disabled, proceed to the next steps:

Turn Off Find My iPhone

Step 5. On the Unlockit interface, choose Start.

Remove Screen Time Passcode

Unlockit will automatically start removing the screen time passcode from your iPhone.

successfully removed the screen time passcode

Wait a few minutes, then follow the instructions on the screen to reset your device successfully.

Remove Parental Controls on iPhone with Screen Time Passcode Recovery

You can also use your Apple ID to access and reset your Screen Time Passcode. To do this, follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode.
  3. Select Confirm. You can also tap Turn Off Screen Time Passcode.
  4. Tap Forgot Passcode.
  5. A pop-up will show that will prompt you to enter your Apple ID login details. Enter your Apple ID and Password then tap OK.
  6. Here, you can enter a new Screen Time Passcode. You'll have to enter it once more to confirm.

Now, write your new passcode down somewhere safe and secure so you won't have to worry about forgetting it again in the future.

Remove Parental Controls on iPhone with Screen Time Passcode Recovery

Sign Out of your Apple ID Sign Back In

Some users found that signing out from their Apple ID or iCloud accounts automatically disabled the current passcode, and they were prompted to reset it after signing back in.

Pro Tip: Create a backup before proceeding to prevent data loss. When that's done, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Apple ID Profile.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out.
  3. If you see options to sign out of iCloud and Store, Store only, or iCloud only, choose to Sign Out of iCloud.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password, then tap Turn Off.
  5. Before signing out, it's advised that you keep a copy of your phone's data first. To do this, toggle the switch to green on apps that you wish to keep your data.
  6. Tap Sign Out, then tap it again once more to confirm.
  7. After signing out, restart your device.
  8. Then, sign back in using your Apple ID.
  9. Go to Screen Time and check if you can either set up a new passcode or choose not to use a passcode.

Restore Your iPhone from the Backup

You can also manually remove the screen time passcode if you're still on iOS 13 or 14. But you'll need to have the following requirements:

  1. An encrypted iPhone backup or a backup before your Screen Time Passcode was set up
  2. Disabled Family Sharing and Share across devices setting
  3. An updated version of iTunes on your Mac

If you don't meet the preconditions, use the methods outlined above, which do not require a previous backup.

Once you have those, do the following:

  1. Turn off Find my iPhone by going to Settings > Find My > Find my iPhone.
  2. Connect your phone to your Mac via a USB Cable.
  3. On your Mac, open iTunes and select Restore iPhone. This prompts iTunes to download the latest firmware for your device and restore it to its factory settings.  
  4. Then, wait a while as iTunes updates your iPhone.
  5. Next, iTunes will check your device for a recent backup.
  6. With the firmware upgraded, iTunes will ask you to choose a backup to restore to your device. Select the most recent backup and click Restore.
  7. Once the process is complete, you'll have an updated iPhone with all its files sans the Screen Time passcode.

restore iPhone

Final Thoughts

Parental controls on your iPhone will help limit your child's access to any unmoderated content on the internet. It does this by adding restrictions to various features and apps on your phone.

However, there will always be reasons to have these controls removed, and doing so will require a passcode.

These tips on how to remove parental controls are not limited to use by parents. In fact, this feature can be quite a hassle to iPhone users of any age.

So if you want to use your phone freely but have somehow forgotten your Screen Time passcode, then hopefully our methods listed above will be able to help you remove this feature.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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