Recover your restrictions passcode for iPhones and iPads on iOS
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Recover your restrictions passcode for iPhones and iPads on iOS

Recover your forgotten restrictions passcode in iOS and avoid losing data.

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.

Recover your restrictions passcode
Recover your restrictions passcode

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:

  1. Make an iTunes backup or an iCloud backup.

  2. Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor for Windows or Mac, then open it.

  3. 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.

    Downloading your iCloud backup...
    Downloading your iCloud backup...

  4. Now, on the left side of the application, you’ll see a list of backups. Select the backup with your passcode.

  5. Go to “Utilities” menu, click on “Recover restrictions PIN” then click on the “Start” button and wait.

    "Recover restrictions PIN"
    "Recover restrictions PIN"

  6. 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.

    The recovered restrictions passcode!
    The recovered restrictions passcode!

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:

  1. Generate an iTunes backup on your computer.

  2. Get the iPhone Backup Extractor from this page and install it. Once installed, open the application.

  3. Select your previously downloaded iTunes backup file from the left side and click on “Utilities” then on “Reset restrictions PIN”.

    Reset the restrictions PIN in an iTunes backup
    Reset the restrictions PIN in an iTunes backup

  4. 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 1234.

    Reset passcode popup
    Reset passcode popup

  5. 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 1234 and you will be able to unlock it.

    Succesfully reset restrictions passcode
    Succesfully reset restrictions passcode

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.

Supported iOS versions, backups and devices

iPhone Backup Extractor is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and any macOS version from 10.7 and above. See below:


Compatible with all iOS devices

iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, 5C, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus


It works with all iOSes

iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and lower


Full support for all backups

Corrupted backup, iCloud backup, 2FA iCloud backup, Encrypted backup

Data privacy and security

With more than 8 years of experience, Reincubate adheres fully to the strictest data privacy laws. Your iCloud credentials are not stored in any way on any third party server or on our servers. The connections are encrypted and secured. iPhone Backup Extractor is clean of adware, viruses or spyware.

iCloud and iTunes support
No viruses
Compatible with all iOS devices

Help us improve 😊

Can we improve this guide and help others recover more of their data, or have we helped you with your recovery? We’ve been doing this for 10 years but there’s always room to improve, and we love hearing how people get on. Why not drop us an email at the address below, or tweet us @reincubate?

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