Parental control and the restrictions PIN are concepts some of us might have struggled with in the past. They refer to the same feature: limiting permission to what gets installed or accessed on your devices by other users (children, guests, friends, housemates, and even employees). A restrictions passcode is really useful for shared devices, but if you forget it, you might have to consider resetting and deleting contents from your device just to be able to use it again.
Not an ideal solution at all! Is there any way you can reset your passcode to
1234, for example, in just a few clicks? Yes. No tech knowledge needed, no time wasted figuring out how long it will take to reset your devices, and no trip to the Genius Bar.
We know getting back forgotten passcodes is important to you, so we made a handy guide to help you recover or reset your iPhone restrictions passcode, even if you have the latest iOS installed on your device.
iPhone Backup Extractor allows you to use two methods to get your restrictions PIN back:
- Recover the restrictions passcode (useful for both iTunes and iCloud backups)
- Reset the restrictions PIN from an iTunes encrypted or unencrypted backup, then restore the modified backup file on your iPhone
Both methods can be used for iPhones and iPads running on any version of iOS.
How to recover your restrictions passcode from an iTunes or iCloud backup
Depending on your backup type, the method is slightly different:
Make an iTunes backup or an iCloud backup.
Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor for Windows or Mac, then open it.
If you want to use an iCloud backup instead of an iTunes one, use this guide to see how to download it on your computer. Notice that you need a subscription plan if you want to use an iCloud backup to get your restrictions passcode back. Once the file is downloaded, it can be used by the iPhone Backup Extractor like any regular iTunes backup file.
Now, on the left side of the application, you’ll see a list of backups. Select the backup with your passcode.
Go to “Utilities” menu, click on “Recover restrictions PIN” then click on the “Start” button and wait.
In a few seconds, your iOS restrictions passcode will be recovered. For demo purposes, the PIN recovered in the screenshot below is
1234, but this should be the passcode you forgot.
How to reset your restrictions PIN
This method should be used only for iTunes backup files, even if the iTunes backup is an encrypted one. The entire procedure can be split into two parts: the first one is the password resetting, the second one is the iTunes backup restoration.
Here are the steps required to reset your iPhone parental controls on iOS, from an iTunes backup:
Generate an iTunes backup on your computer.
Get the iPhone Backup Extractor from this page and install it. Once installed, open the application.
Select your previously downloaded iTunes backup file from the left side and click on “Utilities” then on “Reset restrictions PIN”.
A popup will ask you whether you want to continue the process or not. Make sure you know what you’re doing: the iTunes backup password will be changed. Click on “Yes” and wait a few seconds. Your new passcode will be
Now you have to restore the modified iTunes backup on your iPhone. Just connect it to your computer and restore it using iTunes. Once restarted, your iPhone’s parental controls passcode will become
1234and you will be able to unlock it.
Both methods can be used for any iOS device or version. As soon as a new iPhone model or iOS is launched, our team work on supporting the new device as well. Happy days! 😀
If you need any assistance to recover your iPhone parental controls, Our support team can help you.