How to Reset iPhone Screen Time Password with 4 Ways

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Mar 7, 2022 Updated On Oct 31, 2022
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The Screen Time Passcode is one of the ways that you can restrict how much time you are spending on your iOS device.

But while it might come in handy especially when you want to keep your kids from spending too much time on their devices, forgetting the Screen Time passcode can mean that you remain locked out of some of the apps you need on your device.

This article will show you the best options you have to reset the Screen Time Password when you have forgotten it.

Here, you will learn some of the ways to reset the Screen Time Password so you can get full access back into your device.

Reset Screen Time Password on iPhone and iPad with Apple ID

If you have forgotten the Screen Time Passcode, you have the option to reset it directly on your iPhone or iPad. The process is very simple: just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad

Step 2: Tap "Screen Time."

Step 3: Select "Change Screen Time Passcode."

Step 4: In the popup menu that appears, choose "Change Screen Time Passcode" again.

Step 5: Tap "Forgot Passcode?" and enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 6: Choose a new Screen Time Passcode and then re-enter it to verify it.

Reset Screen Time Password

Please note that these options will only be available on an iOS device that is running version 13.4 or later.

Bypass Screen Time Lock without Password

Resetting the Scree Time passcode directly on your iPhone or iPad is only possible if you have the Apple ID and password.

If you have forgotten or don't have access to the Apple ID and password associated with the device, you may find that you need a different solution.

One of the best is Unlockit. This is an iOS unlocking tool that will help you bypass the Screen Time lock even if you don't have the Apple ID and password.

Here are the features of Unlockit:

  • Unlockit will remove the Screen Time passcode easily without data loss in just a few seconds.
  • It is easy to use, meaning that you will not need any technical skills to use it.
  • It is compatible with all versions of iOS and all iOS devices.

Here's how to use Unlockit to remove the Screen Time Password from your device:

Step 1: Unlockit is a third-party desktop tool meaning that you will need to install it on your computer before you can use it.

Download the setup file from the following button and follow the instructions to install it on your computer.

Step 2: Open it after installation and in the main window, choose "Remove Screen Time Passcode."

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Step 3: Connect the locked iPhone to the computer and wait for the program to detect the connected device.

connect your device to your computer

Step 4: Then click on "Start" and Unlockit will begin removing the Screen Time Passcode from the device.

Remove Screen Time Passcode

You should see a notification on the screen that the device has been successfully unlocked. You can then disconnect the device and then proceed to set up a new passcode.

successfully removed the screen time passcode

The video also shows the process outlined above:

Restore iPhone or iPad from an Encrypted Backup

Another way that you can remove the Screen Time password from your device is to restore the device from Finder/iTunes.

This is because restoring the device will wipe all existing data from the device, including the passcode.

This method will also only work if Find My iPhone is turned off and you have made a backup without setting the screen time before.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Profile > Find My to turn off Find my iPhone and then follow these steps to restore your iPhone:

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to your computer and open Finder (on macOS Catalina or Later) or iTunes (on earlier versions of macOS or PC)

Step 3: Select the device when it appears and click on "Restore iPhone."

Step 4: A popup will appear asking you to backup the device. Select "Back Up" if you don't have a recent backup, otherwise choose the "Don't Back Up" option to continue.

When the process is complete you can then choose to restore the device from a backup. To remove the passcode, select the encrypted backup you created before you forgot the screen time passcode.

Restore iPhone

Erase All Contents and Settings

You can also erase all contents and settings on your device to get rid of the Screen Time passcode.

But this method will also cause you to lose all the data and settings on your device and you will not be able to restore the data from a backup, since the backup will contain the screen passcode you are trying to remove.

To ensure that you don't lose some of the media files on your device (photos, videos, and music), you can back up the device via iTunes/Finder or iCloud. You can also transfer the files to your computer or another device.

Then go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and enter your passcode when prompted.

Once the device has been erased, follow the setup assistant to set up your device as new.

Erase All Content and Settings

Final Words

As you can see there are numerous ways that you can remove a Screen Time password from your device. But only Unlockit guarantees that you can do that without losing any data.

After all, there is no need to lose any data on your device if you can help it.

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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