How to Turn Off Parental Controls on iPhone with Easy Steps

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Apr 14, 2022 Updated On Mar 30, 2023
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If your children have access to your iPhone, you may want to set limits on the type of content they can access on the device or even limit how long they spend on the device. Apple allows you to do this very easily using the Restrictions feature.

But while it may be useful in restricting how your kids use the device, you may find that it also hinders how you use the device. It may therefore become necessary to turn off these restrictions.

Here, we will show you how you can turn off parental controls on your iPhone whether you know the passcode or not.

Turn off Parental Controls on iPhone without Password

To turn off parental control on your iPhone, you will be required to enter the passcode that you used to create the controls.

If you don't remember this passcode, you will need a reliable password-removal tool to effectively remove the screen time passcode from the device.

One such tool is Unlockit, an iPhone screen lock removal tool that can remove the restrictions passcode in a few simple steps. here's how to use it:

Step 1: Download and install the program on your computer. Open it.

Step 2: Select "Remove Screen Time Passcode" from the options on the main window.

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Step 3: Then use a USB cable to connect the iPhone to the computer. When prompted, tap "Trust" on your device to facilitate a connection between the device and the program.

connect your device to your computer

Step 4: Then simply click "Start" to begin removing the passcode from the iPhone. You should see a progress bar, indicating how long the removal will take.

Remove Screen Time Passcode

When the process is complete, click "Done" and disconnect the iPhone from the computer.

successfully removed the screen time passcode

You can then go to the device's settings and remove the parental controls without having to enter a passcode.

Turn Off Parental Control by Restoring iPhone

Apple recommends that you erase and reset the device when you forget your passcode. This essentially means that the device will be set up as a new device with new data.

The idea is that by erasing the device, you will also erase the passcode.

But this is not accurate because if you choose to restore the device from an older backup, the passcode will also be restored.

Erasing the device and then restoring it from a backup will only work if the backup was created before the passcode was created, otherwise, you can simply choose to lose all data on your device and start from scratch.

You can remove the screen time passcode from your device using iTunes if you have an encrypted backup. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Before you start, make sure that you have an encrypted backup.

Step 2: Then on your iPhone, turn off Find my iPhone. You can do that by going to Settings > iCloud > Account Name > Find my > Find my iPhone

Step 3: Then connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and select "Restore iPhone." iTunes will download the latest firmware for your device before erasing and updating it.

Step 4: Once the update is complete, you will be prompted to choose a backup to restore the device from. Choose the backup you created earlier and when the process is complete, you should have your iPhone back to how it was with the Screen Time passcode removed.

restore iPhone

Manually Turn Off Parental Controls on iPhone with Password

For iOS 12 and later

If your device is running iOS 12 and later, you can turn off parental controls from the Screen Time feature in the device's settings. Follow these steps to do it:

Step 1: Open the Settings app from your device's home screen and then tap on "Screen Time."

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on "Change Screen Time Passcode"> "Turn off Screen Time Passcode." Enter the passcode when prompted.

Step 3: Then tap "Turn off Screen Time Passcode" again to disable parental controls.

Turn off Screen Time Passcode

For iOS 11 or earlier

If your iPhone is running iOS 11 or earlier, the process to remove the parental controls on your device is a little different. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Settings app from the device's home screen.

Step 2: Tap on "General" and then select "Restrictions."

Step 3: Tap "Disable Restrictions" to turn off the restrictions on your device. Enter the passcode when prompted and all restrictions on the device will be lifted.

Disable Restrictions

Wrapping Up

Parental controls can be very useful when you want to keep children from accessing inappropriate content and now you know how you can remove them if you have the passcode and even when you don't, using a simple solution like Unlockit.

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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