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How to Bypass the Screen Time Passcode on Your iPhone

Can't recall the Screen Time passcode on your iPhone? Here's a comprehensive guide for you to bypass the forgotten iPhone Screen Time passcode.

Pauline Larson
Updated on Nov 11, 2022

The iPhone Screen Time passcode you forgot can be easily bypassed in several ways.

Screen Time is an excellent feature that Apple initiated for its users to manage the time they spend on each app or restrict their children from playing with an iPhone for a limited time. However, it's possible for you to forgot the Screen Time passcode on your iPhone, in which case you'll need to bypass it to tackle the problem.

To bypass the forgotten iPhone Screen Time passcode will not entail any data loss on the device if you fix the issue by Settings or an effective third-party tool like iPhone Unlocker. While by a factory reset, all the data will be erased from your iPhone after bypassing the Screen Time passcode.

Read on to find out what to do in details.

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What does an iPhone Screen Time passcode do

With Screen Time, you are able to schedule your time away from your iPhone and maximize your productivity. Additionally, you can gain the control of reducing your children's harmful digital habits. In terms of setting a Screen Time passcode, it would ensure that nobody except you has the access to change the settings of the function, including your kids.

Tip: You can also overview the report of how much time you or your kids have spent on each app in Screen Time of Settings.

How to bypass the Screen Time passcode on your iPhone in Settings

If you forgot the Screen Time passcode on an iPhone, you can bypass it with one of the easiest ways, which is using Settings. Below we'll show you how to do step by step.

Note: Your iPhone should be updated to iOS 13.4 or later before you take this method to bypass the Screen Time passcode.

1. Go to Settings and scroll down to tap Screen Time.

2. Look for Change Screen Time Passcode and tap on it.

3. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode again to confirm.

4. Tap Forgot Passcode?

5. Enter your Apple ID credentials. Make sure that it is the same as what you used while setting the Screen Time passcode.

6. Enter a new Screen Time passcode, and then enter again to confirm.

Soon the forgotten Screen Time passcode on the iPhone will be bypassed successfully.

Bypass iPhone Screen Time passcode via iPhone Unlocker (quick and effortless)

If you happen to forget your Apple ID and password, you may take iPhone Unlocker as a solution instead to bypass the iPhone Screen Time passcode. It's a reliable desktop-based software for iOS users to bypass different kinds of passcodes like Screen Time passcode, along with lock screen passcode and Apple ID password, whatever the model and iOS version of your iPhone is.

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Tip: It is also suitable for all models of iPad to bypass a Screen Time passcode.

Check the 3 steps below and you will find how simple it is to bypass the forgotten Screen Time passcode using iPhone Unlocker.

Step 1: Launch the software on your Mac or PC, and select Screen Time from the menu.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone with the computer via a lightning cable, and click Start then to begin the bypassing process of the iPhone Screen Time passcode.

Step 3: The forgotten Screen Time passcode will soon be bypassed on your iPhone.

After your iPhone finishes bypassing the Screen Time passcode, it will restart and prompt you to set it up. Follow the onscreen instructions and tap Don't Transfer Apps & Data when the "Apps & Data" screen pops up.

Later, you can use your iPhone normally as before without losing any data.

Bypass your iPhone Screen Time passcode with a factory reset

Factory reset your iPhone can also help bypass the Screen Time passcode. But it's the last resort for you, as it will delete all your data unlike using the methods above. If you haven't made a backup beforehand, all the contents and settings will be gone permanently.

Here are the steps to bypass an iPhone Screen Time passcode by resetting the device:

  • Go to Settings > General.
  • Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  • Select Erase All Content and Settings.
  • Tap Continue and enter the passcode that locks your screen.
  • Tap Erase iPhone to start the reset.

When the reset is done, you can start your iPhone from scratch or retrieve the data from your latest backup. And you'll find the forgotten Screen Time passcode bypassed.


1. Will the data on my iPhone be erased after bypassing Screen Time passcode?
If you bypass the Screen Time passcode to an iPhone using Settings or iPhone Unlocker, all the data will be kept well after the bypassing; but with a factory reset, you will lose all the data if you didn't back up your iPhone before.
2. How to turn off the Screen Time passcode on my iPhone?
To turn off the Screen Time passcode on iPhone, you can go to Settings > Screen Time > Change Screen Time Passcode > Turn Off Screen Time Passcode, and confirm again with Face ID, Touch ID, or your iPhone passcode.
3. How to bypass the Screen Time passcode on a Mac?
  • Turn on your Mac. Note that it needs to be running macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.
  • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Screen Time.
  • Click More in the lower left corner.
  • Click Change Passcode, and click Forgot Passcode next.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password that is used to set up the Screen Time passcode.
  • Enter a new Screen Time passcode, and input it again for confirmation.
About Pauline Larson
Pauline Larson is a writer and journalist who has been well-experienced in technology industry for almost 10 years. She has posted various professional articles in different tech-related sites and magazines, as she is deeply fascinated with digital technology, especially with Apple's products.
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