(Answered) What Happens After 10 Failed Screen Time Passcode Attempts

by Sovan Mandal Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Feb 24, 2022 Updated On Oct 31, 2022
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Apple devices are used by different types of people of all ages, including kids and toddlers.

With the vast reach of the internet and the limitless possibilities of gadgets with access to it, it is important to manage what our kids see and the length of their usage.

Apple introduced the Screen Time feature to address this concern.

This article will talk about what Screen Time is, the passcode it requires, how you can recover it in case it's forgotten, and the limit on how many times you can attempt to input a passcode.

Let's get started.

What is the Screen Time Passcode?

Screen Time is a feature on iOS devices that manages and limits app usage. It helps you maintain a healthy digital lifestyle by limiting your usage of games and social media.

For this reason, parents use this feature to monitor the app usage of their children so that they won't be sitting at home playing with their iPads and iPhones all day.

Apple Screen Time is a management feature on your device so it requires a passcode to configure its settings.

The Screen Time Passcode secures the Content & Privacy Restrictions and the time limit settings for each app.

If you run out of screen time for a specific application, you can use the passcode to get an extension.

Screen Time Passcode

What Happens after 10 Failed Screen Time Passcode Attempts

If you get the passcode wrong, Apple will prompt a message saying "1 failed attempt". The number will keep adding up for every failed attempt you make afterwards.

You have an unlimited number of attempts so don't worry about getting locked out of your phone completely or erasing the data.

If you have tried more than 10 attempts, it will only let you try again in 60 minutes.

However, for every failed attempt, the interval for the succeeding ones will be longer than the previous.

So if you failed numerous times, it may take hours before you can attempt to enter another passcode.

What Happens after 10 Failed Screen Time Passcode Attempts

Can't Remember Your Screen Time Passcode?

Can't seem to get the passcode right? You can try the following methods to reset your screen time passcode. Let's get started.

Reset Screen Time Passcode without Data Loss

External software are also handy in these types of situations. An app like Unlockit is pretty adept at passcode removal and will bypass the screen time passcode for you with ease.

The best part is that no data will be lost in the process.

Here are the steps on how to use it:

Step 1. First, download and install the Unlockit.

Step 2. Connect your device to the computer via USB cable.

Step 3. Head to Settings and turn the Find My iPhone feature off.

connect your device to your computer

Step 4. Next, launch the application and select Remove Screen Time Passcode.

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Step 5. After that, tap on Start from Unlockit.

Remove Screen Time Passcode

Step 6. After doing the steps, a message will appear on your computer notifying you when the process is complete.

successfully removed the screen time passcode

At this point, the Screen Time passcode should be erased. You can avail of a one-month license for this software for only $29.95.

Reset your Screen Time Passcode by Restoring iPhone

You can also reset your Screen Time Passcode by restoring factory settings on your phone.

This, however, might require you to backup all your data and files since everything is going to be deleted in the process.

It is important to backup through iTunes since you will be reverting to that back-up in this method.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. First, ensure you have all your files backed up on iTunes.
  2. Next, head to Settings and click on your iCloud account name.
  3. After that, head to Find My then Find My iPhone.
  4. Now, turn the Find My iPhone option off.
  5. Connect the phone to iTunes using a USB cable.
  6. Next, click on Restore iPhone. Here, iTunes will double-check if you have a recent back-up.
  7. Finally, after the firmware has been installed, iTunes will ask you to choose a backup to restore from. Here, you will need to select the backup you made beforehand.

restore iPhone

After the process is completed, the screen time passcode should be reset and you should be able to access the applications without limit.

You will be able to create a new passcode, as well. If you decide to create a new passcode, write it down somewhere safe so you can access it whenever you need to.

Reset your Screen Time Passcode Using your Apple ID

If you do not wish to purchase a third-party app, you can try to use your Apple ID to reset the passcode. All you need to do is to follow these simple steps:

  1. First, head to Settings and navigate to Screen Time.
  2. Next, select Change Screen Time Passcode.
  3. Tap on Change Screen Time Passcode to change the passcode or Turn Off Screen Time Passcode if you don't need it.
  4. Now, you will be asked to enter a new passcode. Please do so.
  5. After that, it will prompt you to enter your Apple ID and password. Please do so, as well.

Reset your Screen Time Passcode Using your Apple ID

After entering your Apple ID, the Screen Time passcode should now be changed or turned off depending on the option that you chose.


It is a pain to forget passcodes, no matter what the situation is. Luckily, you can still recover your Screen Time passcode in a number of ways.

One is by restoring a backup file on iTunes. Another is using your Apple ID to reset the passcode through Settings.

Lastly, you can also use an external software such as Unlockit to bypass the Screen Time passcode and create a new one.

But the best will always be prevention, so it is always recommended to write down and manage your passcodes in a safe place that is easily accessible to you.

If you have any questions or queries about Screen Time passcodes, feel free to comment down below.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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