What to do if I forgot the password for Screen Time on iPhone

One of the features of iOS 12 allows you to set a limit on the use of certain functions of the system, prohibits the use of certain programs longer than the established mode, imposes a restriction on visiting certain sites or services.

Screen time is a logical development of a feature called Restrictions that existed on our devices until iOS 12.

When turning on the screen time, a four-digit code is set, it will be required to make changes to the settings of this unit, to turn off the screen time or to extend the set limit on the use of programs or games.

How to propose to disable Screen Time without a password in Apple

If you forgot the password that is set when you turn it on, and now the chip prevents you from using the device normally, you will have to restore the firmware. There are no backup methods for resetting or changing the password.

Even having an Apple ID, mail, passwords and answers to secret questions will not help in this case.

Apple suggests banal reset firmware via iTunes

After such an operation, of course, the password in the Screen time section will disappear, but after restoring the data from the backup copy (if it was already created with a password), the restriction will return to its place .

A wonderful feature that can be disabled only at the cost of losing all the data on the device.

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It turns out that the password is corny stored in the backup device in an absolutely accessible form. No protection and encryption – come and take it.

A similar situation was with the password from the Restrictions section for previous versions of iOS.

GitHub enthusiasts have developed a simple terminal utility to retrieve a password from a system backup.

1. Go to the project page and download the latest version of the program for macOS or Windows.

2. Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.

3. In the section with the connected device, we change the method of creating a backup from iCloud to this computer and apply the changes.

4. Create a backup in iTunes.

5. Run the downloaded utility. The application will ask for a password if the backup encryption option is enabled. For those who do not remember this password, there is a reset instruction .

6. After a minute, the application will display a message in which it will prompt the set password for Screen Time.

In the same way, you can find out the password for Restrictions in iOS 11 and older versions of the system.

For the most experienced and impressionable:

The utility is absolutely safe , it is available on one of the largest portals, where programmers and developers share best practices and code examples.

The source code of the utility is presented, any knowledgeable user can independently verify that the program does not collect user data and does not send anything to the network .

While the utility is running, you can generally disconnect from the network or enable the firewall to monitor network flows.

Unfortunately, children whose parents set a restriction on the use of certain programs or time limits can use this method.

Apple needs to do something about this, but judging by the fact that the password has long been stored in an insecure form, they are not going to fix the situation.

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