iOS 9 introduced a very smart feature called “Restrictions”. Once enabled, it allows you to prevent the unauthorized access to your favorite apps like Camera, Photos, and features such as Family Sharing.
If anyone tries to access the restricted apps or features, he must enter the Restrictions passcode. It’s a great way to offer the needed safeguard to your personal stuff, isn’t it?
What if you have forgotten your Restrictions passcode? There are two ways you can reset it. Let’s find out how it works.
How to Reset Restrictions Passcode on iPhone/iPad Using iBackupBot
Make sure to download iBackupBot on your computer. The backup manager software for iPhone/iPad lets you view, browse, edit your iTunes-backed up files.
Step #1. First off, you have to connect your iOS device to the computer
Step #2. Next, launch iTunes and take a backup of your iPhone/iPad.
Step #3. Now, you need to launch iBackupBot.
Step #4. Next, you have to navigate to SystemFiles/HomeDomain/Library/Preferences
Step #5. Now, locate a file named “com.apple.springboard.plist”. Then, you need to open it in Notepad or any other text editor.
Just in case, this file doesn’t render accurately, you can use any plist-editors.
Step #6. Now, check out
<key>SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts</key> <string>X</string> (X is any number)
Step #7. Right under it, you have to add the following code:
Step #8. Up next, you need to save the file and then restore it to your iPhone using iBackupBot (Control + T)
Finally, you have to reboot your iPhone. Once it has restarted, you need to try 1234 for the Restriction passcode. It should work.
How to Restore your iPhone As New using iTunes
What if you don’t want to download iBackupBot? There is a way to get it done. But, you will need to restore your iPhone as new. Make sure to back up your device before going ahead with the process.
Note: You will need to turn off Find My iPhone to restore your device. Settings → iCloud → Find My iPhone.
Step #1. Connect your iPhone to computer.
Step #2. Next, you need to launch iTunes.
Step #3. Select your device. Then, click on Restore iPhone and confirm it.
Once your iPhone has been successfully restored, set it up as new. Then, you can manually backup your photos or files.
Next, you can go to Settings → General → Restrictions → Enable Restrictions and then set up new Restrictions passcode.
Now, make sure to remember the Restrictions passcode else you will have to go through this same lengthy process to reset it.
In order to ensure I don’t forget the passcode, I use the numbers that I can easily remember. In case, I want difficult passcode, I write it in a note. What about you?