Restrictions add a powerful layer of security to iPhone or iPad. Whether it's important apps like Camera or significant features such as Location Services, it makes sure unauthorized access is completely prevented.
In order to offer more security to my iPhone, I keep Restrictions enabled; using a bit complex passcode. Unfortunately, I forgot Restrictions passcode a few days back.
There are three ways I was able to reset the Restrictions passcode. The first and the easiest way is to simply disable the existing passcode and set up the new one. But, you can get it done only if you know your existing passcode.
If you have forgotten your passcode, there are two ways to reset it. While the one process demands you to restore your iPhone as new, the other lets you get the job done via a third party tool.
How to Change Restrictions Passcode on your iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Tap on Settings → General.
Step #2. Restriction → Enter your existing Passcode.
Step #3. Tap on Disable Restrictions → Enter your existing Passcode again.
Step #4. Tap on Enable Restrictions → Enter (twice) new Passcode.
How to Reset Restrictions Passcode in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad
Personally, I preferred to restore my iPhone and then manually sync some of the important data like photos and music using iTunes.
Turn off Find My iPhone
If you want to restore your iOS device, you need to turn off “Find My iPhone”.
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone → Scroll down and tap on iCloud.
Step #2. Tap on Find My iPhone.
Step #3. Toggle off the “Find My iPhone” switch → A popup will appear on the screen asking you to enter your Apple ID passwords. Enter them and then tap on Turn Off.
Restore your iPhone As New using iTunes
You need to back up your device first before following the steps mentioned below.
Step #1. Connect your iOS device to the computer and launch iTunes.
Step #2. Next, you have to select your device from the top left menu.
Step #3. Now, you will have to click on Restore iPhone.
Step #4. You will be warned that all your data will be erased. Click on Restore iPhone again to confirm.
Step #5. Once your device has been successfully restored, set it up as new. Then, you need to manually sync your favorite photos, music using iTunes. I agree that it can be a bit lengthy but it can get the job done.
Reset Restrictions Passcode Using iBackupBot on Your iPhone/iPad
There is another way to reset the Restrictions passcode using a handy tool called iBackupBot. The best thing about it is that you won't lose any data by using it. Follow this quick guide to get it done.
From now on make sure to remember the passcode of Restrictions. If you often forget it, you can write it in a note or email the same to yourself. Frankly speaking, I have now decided to write it in a special note so that I will never forget it.