How To Recover Restrictions Passcode on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Recover Restrictions Passcode

I am a member of the Verizon Influencer team. While I am sharing this post as part of my relationship with The Online Mom and Verizon, these are solely my thoughts and opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of Online Mom Media or Verizon.

Shortly after updating my iPhone to iOS 9 I wanted to remove a few apps. Only I couldn’t. Not because I didn’t know how. Removing apps is pretty easy. That is, if you don’t have a Restrictions Passcode set on your phone. Or, if you do that you remember the Restrictions Passcode.

To access Restrictions, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.

What is the Restrictions Passcode? By default, Restrictions is disabled. If it is enabled, for all iOS devices it is a 4-digit number that is something akin to Parental Controls. If Restrictions are enabled you need this 4-digit number to allow you to do things, like make in-app purchases, disable apps or features of the device, prevent download of movies with certain ratings. So, your typical Parental Control features. But since it’s more than just a way for parents to control what their kids see or use, Apple changed it to Restrictions.

But what if you don’t remember setting up Restrictions? What if you don’t remember that 4-digit number? Or, in my case, what if the iOS update caused a glitch and now Restrictions thinks it’s enabled? So, thinking may be I did set up a Restrictions Passcode I entered what I thought it would be. First failed attempt. Well, let’s try another. Then another. Then another. 19 failed attempts and now I’m locked out of my phone for 543 minutes! Fun times.

After searching and reading, and reading and searching, all I could find was that I’d have to do a factory reset on my iPhone. Right. Erase everything on my phone and pretend I just got it. Well, if that’s what it would take I guess that’s what I had to do. And since I had just backed up my phone the day before at least I had something that would restore my device to pretty much the same place.

But as I kept reading I found out that if I were to do a backup, it’s likely that the Restrictions feature would still be enabled with this unknown Passcode since the backup is after the iOS update. Sigh! By this time I’d spent over 3 hours trying to figure this out. And now I’m going to explain to you how to do it in about 30 minutes.

How To Retrieve Your iOS Restrictions Passcode Without Resetting Your Device

1. Backup your phone.Backup Screen

 

2. Download the iPhone Backup Extractor.

3. Open iPhone Backup Extractor, Click Read Backups in lower left.

iPhone Backup Extractor

4. In the new window select the backup you want. Likely it’s the top one since you just did a backup. Click Choose.

Choose Device

5. Now, scroll all the way down to iOS Files. Click Extract. I saved the file to my Desktop so it would be easy to find. Save it somewhere easy for your to find it in the next steps. Depending on how much stuff is on your phone it could take up to an hour to extract all the files from the backup.

Choose iOS Files

6. Once the files are extracted, go to the file. You’re looking for Library > Preferences > com.apple.restrictionspassword.plist

Restriction Password

7. Right click on com.apple.restrictionspassword.plist and open with Text Editor.

Open Restriction with Text Editor

8. In text editor, you’re looking for RestrictionsPasswordKey and RestrictionsPasswordSalt. Under each one you’ll see random letters and numbers.

Restriction Password File

9. Open the iOS Restrictions Passcode Cracker website.

Restrictions Passcode Cracker

10. Enter the string of numbers for RestrictionsPasswordKey and RestrictionsPasswordSalt. Cut them from the Text Editor and paste them into the Passcode Cracker website so you know they’re correct.

11. Now click “Search for Code” and let it do its thing. Depending on the number it’s looking for it could take awhile.

12. Once the number is found, enter that number on your device for the Restrictions Passcode and it should unlock the device.

It took me hours to figure this out, so I hope you find this and are able to get your passcode easily and open your Resrictions. Now you don’t have to restore your phone to factory settings and hope your backup won’t override the default and set the Restrictions Passcode again. Let me know how it worked, ok?

 

 

Sara

3 Stargazing Apps For Every Smartphone

VZW DisclosureStargazing App

Summer is a time to relax and put the schedule aside. It doesn’t always work that way, though. And at the end of the day your mind goes over the 872 things you did that day and the odometer on the car that seems to spin like you’re looking for the $1.00 space at The Price Is Right showcase. And then night falls. And the quiet settles in and you’re thinking of heading outside to just sit and look at the stars.

Here in Phoenix, being out during the day is the last thing we want to do in the summer. We all do our best to manage it, but it’s just the reality here. Come nightfall though, we’re ready to go. Even though it doesn’t get dark until well after many kids’ bed time, sometimes you just need to stay up late and look up at the sky. With days upon days of cloudless skies and no school the next day, why not see what’s going on up in the dark sky?

Having spent time with professional stargazers and their expensive equipment, it spoils you. But we all can’t run out and buy a $10,000 telescope. What we can do, though, is download a few apps, look up at the stars and see what people have been look at for thousands of years.

1. Star Chart

What’s better than point and go when it comes to looking at stars that look like a bunch of little white dots in the sky? This augmented reality app is a top educational resource and will wow kids and adults alike. You can look at the sky visible to you or anywhere in the world as you turn your phone.

Available FREE on: iOS | Android | WindowsPhone

2. Sky Map

Another “point and look” app, Sky Map has over 11,000 star points and can pinpoint your location using GPS. While this app has the same name on all three mobile platforms, each is made by a different developer. Nonetheless, it’s a top app that works anywhere in the world day or night.

Available FREE on: iOS | Android | WindowsPhone

3. ISS Locator

Have you ever seen the International Space Station zip by? During an astronomy lesson I chaperoned for my daughter’s class we not only got to see the ISS fly by, but it was releasing a cargo pack and we should see that trailing behind as well. No fancy equipment was needed to see these. If you knew what you were looking for. Luckily, there are apps for all mobile platforms that will help you spot it no matter where you are in the world. Depending on where you live you may be able to see the ISS several times a week!

Available FREE on: iOS | Android | WindowsPhone | Web

So, get your phone, download these apps, and head outside after the sun goes down and re-live those times at camp when you’d stare up at the sky and wonder if the man in the moon really existed. Doesn’t matter if you have kids, if you’re a kid at heart, or just love checking out what’s up there in the dark of night these apps will surely make you popular at home or even at those summer evening garden parties.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Insider team. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sara