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To ensure no one can use some of the important features like in-app purchase, Location Services on my iPhone, I prefer to use “Restrictions” aka “Parental Controls.” To keep the Restrictions passcode secure, I hid it in a secret file. A couple of days back, I lost that file along with the passcode. As I had disallowed the access to many apps like Camera, Safari as well as important features, I badly wanted the passcode back. Thanks to a highly functional software “Pinfinder,” I could recover my forgotten Restrictions passcode on my iOS device with ease.

At first, I thought I would have to go through the lengthy steps to restore my device as new to reset the Restrictions passcode. But I didn't want to lose all of my existing data. With just a bit of digging, I stumbled upon this very simple but effective software that fully rescued me. Literally. The best thing about it is that it hardly takes 2-3 steps to find your forgotten Restrictions passcode. The only downside of it is that it doesn't work on Mac. There is another software called iBackupBot (supports both Mac and Windows PC) that lets you retrieve the Parental Controls passcode.

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Forgot Restriction Passcode on iPhone or iPad

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Forgot Restrictions Passcode on iPhone and iPad: How to Recover using Windows PC

Requirements: Windows PC, iTunes, and Pinfider software.

How Does Pinfinder Work?

The software works by examining the unencrypted iTunes backup of your iOS device. Developed by GitHub, it's pretty simple and works effectively. I have found it very reliable and consistent.

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Recover Forgotten Restriction Passcode using Windows PC

Step #1. First off, connect your iOS device to your computer → open iTunes and back up your device. Make sure the Encrypt backup option is disabled.

Step #2. Now, download Pinfinder on your PC. Check out the direct download links given below.

Step #3. Once it's been downloaded, double click on the software icon to run the program on your computer running Windows XP or Vista.

On your computer running Windows 7,8 or 10, you need to right click on the start button and select command prompt. Then, you will have to drag the pinfinder icon from the desktop to the command prompt window. Then press return to run it.

Now, check out your Restrictions passcode. It will also show the date when it was last reset.

How to Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode on Windows PC

Pinfinder for Mac?

I tested the Mac version of Pinfinder on my MacBook Pro running macOS High Sierra. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me—unlike its Windows counterpart. But, not to worry as iBackupBot is there to rescue. Let's check it out.

How to Recover Restrictions Passcode of iPhone or iPad Using Mac

Requirements: Mac, iTunes, and iBackupBoot software.

iBackupBot does allow you to recover the Parental Controls passcode. But the process is complex and hence requires a lot of patience, but at the same time, it worked like a charm for us. So, if you are ready to go through the grind, give it a go.

Step #1. First up, back up your iOS device to iTunes on your computer. Make sure not to encrypt the backup.

Then, head over to http://www.icopybot.com/itunes-backup-manager.htm on your computer and download the iBackupBot on your Mac (It also supports Windows.)

Step #2. Once you have downloaded the software, move it to the Applications folder.

Move iBackupBot to Applications on MacOpen iBackupBot on Mac

Step #3. Next, launch the program and allow it to load the information of your device. You may have to wait for some time until it has successfully loaded up the data.

Note: If any error message shows up, ignore it.

Step #3. Check out the folder located near the top. Open it and select the “System files” folder → Next, you need to select “HomeDomain” from the list.

Click on System Files Then HomeDomain in iBackupBot

Step #4. Then, open Library.

Click on Library in iBackupBot on Mac

Step #5. Then, Click on “Preferences.”

Click on Preferences in iBackupBot on Mac

Up next, you have to search for com.apple.restrictionspasscode.plist by typing “com.apple.re” in the search bar and then hit return button → Locate the file named com.apple.restrictionspasscode.plist and click on it.

Open Restrictionpassword.plist on Mac

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Step #6. Now, a popup will appear asking for your registration information. You need to click OK. Click on OK again. Then, click on Cancel.

Skip Registration for iBackupBot on Mac

Now, the required information will show up. It's time to head over to http://ios7hash.derson.us in a new browsing window.

Step #7. Next, return to iBackupBot, and then you have to copy the code under RestrictionsPasswordKey and RestrictionsPasswordSalt.

Copy Restrictionpassword Key from iBackupBot on MacCopy Restriction Password Salt in iBackupBot on Mac

Now, you will have to paste Restrictions password key and Restrictions Password Salt on the respective fields on iOS7hash website. Make sure to leave the beginning passcode at 0000 as well as the last code search at 9999. Now, you have to click on Search for the code. Let it search the code (you may have to wait for some time.)

Recover iPhone Restriction Passcode on Mac

Once it has found out the code, a window will show up with your four-digit Restrictions passcode.

Recover Restriction Passcode iPhone

That's finally done!

Restore Backup using iTunes

What if you don't want to use any third-party software; is there any way to recover Restrictions passcode?

If you don't want to use any third party software to retrieve the passcode, restore your device as new via iTunes. Make sure not to restore your device from the backup, which you had taken when using Parental Controls. Use the backup, if it's available, that you had taken before using this feature.

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How to Reset Restriction Passcode on iPhone and iPad

Once you have recovered the iPhone/iPad Restrictions passcode, you can reset the same. To do so;

Step #1. Go to Settings then General.

Tap on Settings then General on iDevice

Step #2. Tap on Restrictions.

Tap on Restrictions in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Tap on Disable Restriction and Enter the Passcode that we have just recovered.

Disable Restrictions Passcode on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Tap on Enable Restrictions.

Tap on Enable Restrictions on iPhone

Step #5. Enter your new Restriction Passcode and confirm the same by entering it again.

Reset iPhone Restriction Passcode

Your turn

Have you tried this software? Let us know your feedback in the comments below.

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