If you’ve forgotten your Screen Time passcode

Learn how to reset your passcode if you’ve forgotten it. 

Use the steps below if you've forgotten your Screen Time passcode or the Screen Time passcode for a member of your Family Sharing group. If you've forgotten the passcode to unlock your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or you get a message that says it's disabled, follow these steps instead

How to reset the Screen Time passcode for your personal device

Use the steps below to change your Screen Time passcode on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. 

On an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Make sure that your device is updated to iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 or later
  2. Go to Settings > Screen Time. 
  3. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode, then tap Change Screen Time Passcode again.
  4. Tap Forgot Passcode?
  5. Enter the Apple ID and password* that you used to set up the Screen Time passcode.
  6. Enter a new Screen Time passcode, then enter it again to confirm.

On a Mac

  1. Make sure that your Mac is updated to macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later
  2. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Screen Time.
  3. Click  Options in the lower-left corner. 
  4. Click Change Passcode, then click Forgot Passcode. 
  5. Enter the Apple ID and password* that you used to set up the Screen Time passcode.
  6. Enter a new Screen Time passcode, then enter it again to confirm.

If you have Share Across Devices turned on, your new Screen Time passcode will automatically update on those devices after you've reset it. 

If you still have issues resetting your Screen Time passcode, contact Apple Support.

How to reset the Screen Time passcode for your child's device

If you’re using Family Sharing to manage a child’s account, passcode reset options won’t be available on their device. Use the following steps on the family organiser's device to reset the Screen Time passcode for your child.

On an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Make sure that the family organiser's device is updated to iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 or later
  2. On the family organiser's device, go to Settings > Screen Time.
  3. Scroll down and choose a child’s name under Family. 
  4. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode, then tap Change Screen Time Passcode again. You might be asked to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID or your device passcode.
  5. Enter a new Screen Time passcode, then enter it again to confirm.

On a Mac

  1. Make sure that your Mac is updated to macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later
  2. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Screen Time.
  3. Select a child's name from the drop-down menu in the left sidebar. 
  4. Click  Options in the lower-left corner. 
  5. Click Change Passcode, then click Forgot Passcode. 
  6. Enter the Apple ID and password* that you used to set up the Screen Time passcode.
  7. Enter a new Screen Time passcode, then enter it again to confirm. 

If you have Share Across Devices turned on, your new Screen Time passcode will automatically update on those devices after you've reset it. 

If you still have issues resetting your Screen Time passcode, contact Apple Support.

*Learn what to do if you forgot your Apple ID or password

Learn more

Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to set up Screen Time, view your usage and set limits. 

Use your Mac to set up Screen Time, view your usage and set limits. 

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