Detailed Guide to Reset Screen Time Passcode

Apr 17, 2023 • Filed to: Password Manage Solutions • Proven solutions


Apple introduced the Screen Time feature to aid us with monitoring the daily usage of our devices. This feature tracks the time of our app usages and lets us set the time limits for certain gaming or social media apps, and automatically shuts them down once the set duration has been reached. And you can also link your other iOS devices to limit the usage not only for yourself but also for your family members, especially the kids. For parents who are keen to look after their kids and wish to prevent their child's exposure to unnecessary apps, this Screen Time feature is a boon as it improves productivity.

screen time passcode

So once you cross the time limit for using an app, your device prompts for a password to bypass the Screen Time lock, which gets activated. So if you are in the middle of some important discussion, you might want to get back to it. And forgetting the password at that stage is awful. So if you have gotten into that grim situation, you have come to the right place.

In this article, you will find ways to reset your Screen Time password. We will also discuss ways to Bypass your screen lock when the problem gets out of your hand.

Part 1: Reset screen time password with iPhone/iPad

Step 1: First, you need to check whether the operating system on your device is updated to iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 or later.

Step 2: Open "Settings" on your device, followed by "Screen Time".

Step 3: Next, choose "Change Screen Time Passcode" on screen, and then in the popped-up menu, choose "Change Screen Time Passcode" again

Step 4: Select the "Forgot Passcode?" option given below.

forget screen time passcode

Step 5: You need to type your Apple ID and password while setting up the Screen Time passcode.

Step 6: To proceed, you need to choose a new Screen Time passcode and re-enter that for confirmation.

Part 2: Reset screen time passcode with Mac

Step 1: Check whether your Mac's operating system is updated to macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.

Step 2: Click on the Apple sign on the top left corner to select "System Preferences" (or from the Dock) and then choose Screen Time.

system preferences

Step 3: Select "Options" from the lower-left pane (with three vertical dots).

Step 4: Select "Change Passcode". You will be asked to type your recent "Screen Time Passcode". Click on "Forgot Passcode?".

Step 5: Next, you need to provide your Apple ID credentials to set up the Screen Time passcode.

Step 6: Choose a new Screen Time passcode, then enter to verify.


Remember to turn off the "Share Across Devices" option, or else your new Screen Time passcode will automatically update on your other devices as well.

Part 3: How to find screen time password?

If you keep trying to unlock the Screen Time and attempt with the incorrect passcode again and again for around 6 times, your screen will automatically lock out for a minute. Then the 7th unsuccessful attempt locks the screen for 5 minutes, and the 8th incorrect attempt locks the screen for 15 minutes. If you do not give up and continue with the 9th attempt, forget to use your device for the next hour.

And if you are adventurous enough to try it for the 10th time, you will probably lose all your data along with the screen being locked.

find screen time passcode

It's horrific, right?

So, how to stay away from getting into such an irritating situation?

Dr.Fone - Password Manager (iOS)

  • After Scan, views your mail.
  • Then it would help if you recovered the app login password and stored websites.
  • After this, find the saved WiFi passwords.
  • Recover passcodes of screen time

Let's have a step-wise look at how to recover your password with Dr.Fone - Password Manager (iOS):

Step 1: First of all, download Dr.Fone and choose the password manager

df home

Step 2: By using a lightning cable, connect your iOS device to your PC.

Cable connect

Step 3: Now, click on "Start Scan". By doing this, Dr.Fone will immediately detect your account password on the iOS device.

Start Scan

Step 4: Check your password

Check your password

Part 4: How to remove screen time password?

If you think that you no longer want to use a password for the Screen Time feature, here is an easy way to get rid of it. But before starting, check if your Mac is signed into Family Sharing from the System Preferences menu. Once you have verified that, follow the below-given steps to remove a Screen Time password:

How to remove screen time password

Step 1: Click on the Apple sign on the top left corner to select "System Preferences" (or from the Dock) and then choose Screen Time.

Step 2: Choose the popup from the sidebar

Step 3: Select a family member

Step 4: Next, go to "options" in the below-left corner of the screen

Step 5: Here, de-select the "Use Screen Time Passcode" option

Step 6: Type your Screen Time's 4-digit passcode


So this is all that you can do to change your Screen Time passcode or remove it. The moot point here is that if you think that you are prone to forgetting your passwords very often, all you need is to use Dr.Fone - Password Manager (iOS) to bypass your iPhone and reset screen time passcode, or you can remove it to avoid getting into misery in the future.

What have been your experiences using the Screen Time Passcode feature? Please comment if there are any other ways to reset the Screen Time Passcode which can help others.

Also, in case you have any doubts, ask in the comment section.

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