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Forgot Screen Time Passcode? Here’s What to Do

Forgot your Screen time passcode? We’ve been there. In our busy world, as we try to limit our amount of screen time, it can be very easy to get confused on what the code was, and your fear of being locked out of your device is very serious. But don’t worry!

There are steps you can take to regain control and reset your Screen Time passcode. This article will guide you through the process!

1. Try Your Apple ID Passcode:

First, try entering your Apple ID passcode. Sometimes, users set up their Screen Time passcode to match their Apple ID credentials. Attempt this passcode to see if it grants you access.

2. Reset Passcode via Apple ID (iOS 13.4 and later):

If the Apple ID passcode doesn’t work, you can reset your Screen Time passcode using your Apple ID. Here’s how:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your device.
  2. Scroll down and tap “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Change Screen Time Passcode,” and if prompted, enter your device passcode.
  4. Choose the “Forgot Passcode?” option.
  5. Enter your Apple ID credentials to reset the passcode.

3. Erase Device (Last Resort):

If the above steps don’t work, you may need to erase your device and restore it from a backup. This should be your last resort, as it will wipe your device’s data and settings. Make sure you have a recent backup before proceeding. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and open iTunes (on macOS Catalina and later, use Finder).
  2. Put your device in Recovery Mode:
    • For iPhone 8 or later: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.
    • For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears.
  3. iTunes or Finder will detect your device in recovery mode and offer you the option to restore or update it. Choose “Restore.”
  4. After the restore process is complete, you can set up your device from a backup.

4. Contact Apple Support:

If none of the above methods work or you’re uncomfortable performing them yourself, you can always reach out to Apple Support. They can provide guidance and assistance in recovering or resetting your Screen Time passcode.

5. Prevent Future Lockouts:

To avoid getting locked out of your Screen Time passcode again, consider these steps:

  • Write Down Your Passcode: Store your passcode in a secure location, such as a password manager or a physical notebook kept in a safe place.
  • Use a Memorable Passcode: Choose a passcode that you’ll remember easily, but that’s not too obvious.
  • Regularly Review Settings: Periodically review and update your passcode, taking the opportunity to adjust Screen Time settings as needed.

In conclusion, forgetting your Screen Time passcode can be frustrating, but it’s not an insurmountable challenge. By trying your Apple ID passcode, resetting via Apple ID, erasing your device as a last resort, contacting Apple Support if needed, and implementing preventative measures, you can regain control of your device and continue your journey toward responsible screen time management.

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