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How to Recover Forgotten iPhone Restrictions Passcode

IMG 0178This tutorial will show you how to recover or reset the Restrictions Passcode on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Previously, we have shown you how to use the Restrictions feature on iOS to disable features like in-app purchases, location services etc. using a Restrictions Passcode. Last night I tried to get rid of a few restrictions and to my greatest horror, I realized I could not recall the passcode I had used.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to recover or reset your iPhone’s Restrictions Passcode. At least none that I could find documented by Apple. Restoring to a previous backup will not get rid of the passcode and the only other option would be to setup iPhone as a new device. All this at the cost of losing some data and also a lot of time and effort restoring your iOS device.

So let me share a simple method to recover the Restrictions Passcode, that will take no more than five minutes. You just need access to the computer the iOS device was synced to.

This tutorial is meant for Mac users only. Download iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac OS X from here. It’s a free application to read iPhone or iPod Touch backups made by iTunes.

After extracting the archive, launch the app and click on Read Backups. Select the iOS device whose Passcode you need to recover and click on Choose.

Screen shot 2011 03 14 at 3 11 03 AM

Now, you should be able to see a list of Apps that have been backed up. Scroll down to select iOS Files and then click on Extract. This process will take a few minutes. Browse to the location you specified for extracting iOS Files and navigate to iOS Files > Library > Preferences

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Look for the file called com.apple.springboard.plist and open it in Property List Editor.

The file should have a key titled SBParentalControlsPin and the Value for this item is exactly what we were looking for. Our missing 4 digit Restrictions Passcode.

Screen shot 2011 03 14 at 2 59 26 AM

Now, go ahead and enable/disable restrictions on your iOS device using the recovered passcode.

Tip for Users with Jailbroken iPhones:

If you have a jailbroken iOS device you can also navigate to var/mobile/Library/Preferences/ to access the file mentioned above. You can either use OpenSSH to access this file via Wi-Fi or use iPhone explorer utility to access the file using the USB cable.

You can try this in case you don’t have immediate access to the iPhone backup files. Of course, this method won’t work on non jailbroken devices as access to system files is disabled on them.

About Megha Bassi

Megha Bassi has a strong fascination for all things Apple. Not only does she religiously follow Mac and iPhone news, but also loves writing about everything pertaining to it, be it publishing useful tutorials or app reviews.

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169 Responses to How to Recover Forgotten iPhone Restrictions Passcode

  1. Cass March 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    It opens up in textedit and doesn’t look like depicted. When I read through it I can’t find anything Sbparentalcontrolspin. Help – what am I doing wrong ?

  2. Megha Bassi April 6, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    @cass if you have Xcode installed you won’t need any other tool. otherwise use TextWrangler or equivalent. textedit can’t read this file properly.

    • Djay March 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      True…!! Even i em struck on the same screen

    • Michelle Crimmins November 26, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Megha – I am desperately trying to unlock parts of my iPhone functionality after I forgot the Restrictions password. I just downloaded Xcode and can now open the iOS backup files and see them visually as shown above. (Only had TextEdit previously.) However, when I open them, there is not the string of files shown in the com.apple.springboard.plist folder – mine only has 9 files and they are primarily sound identifiers. I have iOS 6.0.1.

      Can you help??? Am I looking in the wrong file? I really want to unlock this thing…

      • Hatice November 27, 2012 at 2:23 am #

        I think the best thing to do is to get help from an Apple expert..

    • Jeff January 27, 2013 at 5:46 am #

      Megha, I have an iphone 5 running 6.0.2. I folled the instructions and opened the .plist file. I got the contents exactly as you describe, but there is no parent control pin listed. I looked inside all the files and could not locate any 4 digit number that might represent the one I entered when I set it up. Any ideas?

    • Anoushka January 29, 2013 at 2:47 am #

      text wrangler doesn’t seem to be able to read the file either. Xcode won’t download as I’m on OS X 10.6.8, and I don’t have property list editor. I’ve hit a dead end. Any ideas would be so welcome..!
      thanks

  3. colesy April 9, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    The file is binary rather than XML, it can be used in the iPhone in both formats but defaults to the former.

    There is more info at the on reading the file at http://www.iphonebackupextractor.com/blog/2011/apr/7/how-to-recover-iphone-restrictions-passcode/

  4. adil mansoor April 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    i get this error on the p list edit

    The outline could not be synchronized because an error occurred: The current text cannot be encoded in the necessary text encoding (ASCII)

    please help .. thanks

  5. Edna Turnblad May 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I luv you simonblog.

  6. Pepper May 14, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    So they store the pin in plaintext, not encoded. Really good security, apple.

  7. Vidar May 27, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    I knew there had to be a better way than a factory reset like every other post I found mentioned. Thanks!

  8. Jason June 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I have tried this with an iphone 4 – and I do not see the SBParentalControlsPin when opening this plist in properly list editor. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Jake October 13, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      @Jasom: I know! Me too! There is no SMBParental Pin. I have an iPhone 4.

    • Alexmac October 15, 2011 at 5:01 am #

      ever figure it out?

      • Nifdge October 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

        Anyone figure this out – am having the same problem myself – bought a second hand 3gs with iOS 5, but the restrictions has a passcode, and the person who owned the phone has no idea!

        Tried this method, but I’m only getting

        SMBParentalControlsBlocked
        SMBParentalControlsEnabled
        SMBParentalControlsFailedAttempts

        and no parental pin one!

        I’m guessing it’s probably moved in IOS4 &5 – but who knows where to!

        • mchunter7 October 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

          I’ve got the same problem! Since iOS5 I can’t find it anywhere…any input would be fantastic

  9. David June 27, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Thank you so much for this. I’m the parent and need to recover. I knew there had to be a method. Worked perfect. I used TextWrangler.

  10. Lemon July 21, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I downloaded Text wrangler but when I open it, its still jibberish ><
    HELP!

  11. Markus August 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Worked perefect for me. Thanks for sharing this. Downloaded PlistEdit Pro and did as you said. Thanks again.

  12. Melyssa Cee August 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi, can anything be done on Windows rather than Mac?? My darling nephew just loves my iPhone and I never had restrictions passcode but recently discovered I cannot delete any apps from my iPhone 4 due to restrictions I have tried every password I can think of been trying to do this for 3 mths plus now :s he is so clever with the iPhones and blows me away what he can access on such little time. I am so devastated I cannot reset I have far too much to lose :s I will be forever indebted if anyone could help me xxx

  13. Lemon August 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi Melyssa,
    I ended up downloading this on my bf’s laptop coz I couldn’t get the MAC one to work for me.

    easy as pie :)
    http://www.groovypost.com/howto/how-to/recover-your-iphone-restrictions-pin-backup/

    goodluck

    • Melyssa Cee August 18, 2011 at 4:56 am #

      Thankyou so so so much! I will let you know how I go I am going to try it this weekend :) thanks again for your reply and thanks to everyone who posts to try and help others out with the info Apple seems loathe to release xxx I love my iPhone iPod App Store and iTunes I should definately own shares considering my tally at the app store/iTunes just this month so far is hovering at just over $300 but I could cry at the lack of info available from Apple when things go pear shaped. It is a double edged sword having a device that does so much because I have found if my phone is flat or needing repairs I am truly lost and have far too much to lose should I not be able to ‘fix’ it. Anyhows thankyou again and again for this post, the extremely helpful replies and for being kind and patient enough to post what works and doesn’t even after your device is fixed to help others. May you all be truly blessed :)

  14. Tochi August 14, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    This is like a miracle! You are my life saver, thanks a mil!!

  15. Zohan September 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    You save my iPhone life.LOL. And yea it works like Charm.
    I used Phoneview app for extract the plist. And i used textwrangler to view the file.Thanks a lot man!

  16. JasonRich September 30, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    I am trying to use the latest iOS 5 beta and recover a Restrictions password but this method doesn’t seem to work. Any suggestions?

    • Alexmac October 15, 2011 at 4:33 am #

      Sane here. well it works right up until i open it and am looking for “SBParentalControlsPIN” which i cannot find. nobodys helping! no nerd out there is smart enough to figure this out??

      • In2Deep October 5, 2012 at 2:01 am #

        If you cannt see it just add it :)

        add the following to same file and into a new line using either text viewer or plist editor:

        SBParentalControlsPIN
        1234

        you should know what to do next….
        Tadaaa

  17. Lars October 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    It seems they have removed this PIN from the plist file for security reasons. Does anyone have an idea of what could be an alternative solution of if it can be found in another location?

    There is a SBParentalControlsEnabled which is set to YES. So I guess that it might be possible to change that one to NO and overwrite the file on the device but that requires jailbreak – my problem is with an iPad 2 which seems to have no jailbreak at the moment, so I cannot achieve this and find out if I can disable it to create a new code afterwards.

    I guess we need to have patience until someone figures out what’s changed and possibly a new way.

  18. Nifdge October 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Anyone figure this out – am having the same problem myself – bought a second hand 3gs with iOS 5, but the restrictions has a passcode, and the person who owned the phone has no idea!

    Tried this method, but I’m only getting

    SMBParentalControlsBlocked
    SMBParentalControlsEnabled
    SMBParentalControlsFailedAttempts

    and no parental pin one!

    I’m guessing it’s probably moved in IOS4 &5 – but who knows where to!

  19. jay October 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I can’t even open the plist file. Help? It gives me an error :(

  20. Magnus October 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Worked perfectly, maybe because I had an iOS4 backup.
    Thanks a lot!

    • LDV October 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      Definitely in ios5 Apple has moved pin key to another location or they use some kind of encryption. Maybe there will be someone who to take the challenge and find new place where is hidden our mysterious four digit number :)

  21. Ralph November 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    You are a kingggggg …. Thank u very much…. I used ifile instead … Thank youuuuuuuuuuu …. Woooooo yeahhhhh …. Thanks

    • Essie April 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      I used ifile too, worked perfectly. I find more and more uses for ifile everyday!

  22. Shia November 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Resetting the pass code is easy. for detail steps read this
    ( http://proanswers.org/322/my-ipod-touch-forgot-my-restrictions-password-what-should-do )

  23. honey November 25, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    ok so THIS is weird: I don’t really recall enabling restrictions, and if I did, I would not have used the code that i discovered after extracting–>opening iOS folder from desktop–>opening springboard.plist in xCode.

    and it’s even weirder that the code was 1236 – ONE digit away from the screenshot above.

    I really hate conspiracies, but mostly because they are so transparent.

  24. Mudi December 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

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    GREAT JOB , I DO LOVE UUUUUUUU :))))
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  25. madhu December 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Thanks a lot. This works.
    I used http://www.addpod.de/juicephone to browse my ipad backup and recover the restrictions passcode.

  26. paula December 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Does this work under iOS 5?

    I’m asking because I extracted the backup, have the iOS Files folder, but it’s empty!!

    Where else can I find or reset the passcode?

  27. paula December 10, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    OK, tried again with the latest backup and voila! Files, including the springboard one.

    Downloaded Property List Pro and opened that. But there’s no SBParentalControlsPin !!

    So, now what? I’d really like to avoid a complete reinstall!

  28. Matt Stephens December 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi,

    Is there an easy way to change the passcode to something different, without erasing all the data? I’m using an iPad2 w/ iOS5.
    Thanks!

  29. Vic December 20, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Thanks a lot, worked inmediately, :)

  30. ihk2011 December 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Please help me how to find SBParentalControls PIN number
    I tried both [plist Editor (662)] and [iPhone Backup Editor (com.apple.springboard)] to get PIN number that I set as “1234”.
    However it only shows as
    key SBParentalControlsMCContentRes­trictions /key
    Please help meeeee!!!
    iPhone 3GS

  31. consy December 22, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    omg!!! this was sooo easy!! thanks A MILLION for this help!! really!!!!

  32. boonnah December 28, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    So easy and works like wonder on my iPad! Thank you sooo much!!

  33. JToc January 3, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    I can’t seem to find the “springboard” and the software will not let me select any of the plist files…

    I have a Mac-am I missing something?

    Help!!

    • lexand January 3, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Salutations

      Unfortunately I had the same problem. But all above suggestions did not work for my iOS 5.0.1.

      So I decided to figure out myself (as I am a programer).

      Here http://creative-territory.net/post/view/id/49/ I described how to reset passlock for iOS 5.0.1.

      Hope this will helpful for someone.

      P.S.
      Sorry my English (it is not my native language)

      • Jason May 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

        This is still half-done. I did succeed to switch off restrictions, but I can make change to the functions that I previosly disabled. To enable them again, you should do the following:

        1.After modifying the DB file, please save the original copy.

        2.upload the modified copy into your ipad.

        3.click into the”Rrestriction” menu. You can see you can not make any change but “enable restriction”

        4.REPLACE the modified copy with the original copy, then click enable restriction. set an easy code.

        5.You can now enable the function that you disabled previously.

        6.If you click out of the “Restriction” Menu, you need the original password, not the password you just set, to unlock.

  34. Rupin January 4, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Thumbs Up! Thanks!

  35. Mike January 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Hello,

    Thank you so much. I have been trying to figure out how to reset my wife’s iPhone restrictions since our 3 year old has been on a random buying spree.

    Using TextWrangler was crucial and I also had 2 springboard.plist files with the second one having the password ironically “1234”

    Mike

    • Jane January 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      I am having the same problem as most. I am using ios 5 and the pin in not visible once you open up springboard. Where are the iTunes back ups stored so I could try to extract from a previous backup. When you try restore via iTunes it only gives the option of the latest back up. I have been into /library/applications support but I don’t have a mobileSync folder in there. Any ideas where they could b stored?

  36. Steven February 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Any way to reset the password or just turn off the restrictions on a regular (non-jailbroken) phone????

    So annoying – I never even remember setting a password for restrictions and now I can’t even get in there to disable game center and other things I don’t want on my phone.

  37. Khurram February 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Thank u so much for ur help :) i got my code :)

  38. RP February 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I cannot find the file com.apple.springboard.plist???

  39. Revans February 26, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    I have found a way to change the restrictions without the code. I downloaded iBackupBot, which allows you to open and edit your backup files. Back up your iphone using itunes. Open the back up with ibackupBot and find library/confidurationprofiles/usersettings.plist. Double clicking this will open a window (click cancel if a registration window comes up). This lists all the restrictions on your phone (eg allowitunes and allowappinstallation etc) followed by a value (true or false). Change the restrictions you want (on or off) by deleting the true/false and replacing it. Click save. Then restore your iphone from backup. It changes the settings without ever needing the passcode (which still won’t work). Hoipe this helps.

    Revans – relieved user

    • Cinncity March 5, 2012 at 12:57 am #

      Thank you so much for this!! I was able to get the restriction fixed!! I still don’t know the password, but I don’t need to know it with this. Thank you! :]

    • Andrea M April 4, 2012 at 4:48 am #

      YAY!!!! you saved me!! hubs set up restrictions on camera and Safari to keep our 3 yo out, but neither of the two codes he uses worked, we were at a loss as to what else to try after 17 failed attempts!!! thank you!!!!!!

  40. Kelle March 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    The problem I am having is that all of my files are encrypted. I get as far as the extractor, but text wrangler and the plist edit pro can’t de-scramble the text. Grrr!!

  41. jono March 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    iBackupBot is sensational.
    Allows for so much editting of the phone’s internal thingamabobs and settings and stuff.

    Also allows you to grab your text messages as an excel file, something I’ve been wanting for ages.

    THANK YOU REVANS!

  42. Jay March 25, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Didn’t work for me. Several Parental control topics, but PIN wasn’t there.

  43. dt March 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    For those on iOS 5.X and cannot find SBParentalControlsPIN in the com.apple.springboard.plist, try the following:

    Add SBParentalControlsPIN (string type) to your com.apple.springboard.plist.
    Set the PIN to whatever you like.
    Restore your device with this backup.
    Enter the PIN you had just set to remove restrictions.

    I’ve only done this on a jailbroken iPhone where I modified the com.apple.springboard.plist on the phone using iFile. (You have to go into the App Switcher tray and force close Settings app for it to read the new PIN). The above method should theoretically work for non-jailbreakers.

    • dt March 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      P.S. Non-jailbreakers will need a utility that will let you modify the backup directly. iPhone Backup Extractor won’t let you do this.

    • Lukas March 27, 2012 at 5:13 am #

      BRAVO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST

    • lse May 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      +1 for this, thanks!

  44. werd March 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    If you can not see your own user library.. open up terminal and type:
    chflags nohidden ~/Library/

    then you can see your backups via time machine. look for anything backed up before octo 11, 2011

    • Gk August 5, 2012 at 1:02 am #

      THANK you. This worked, thank goodness there was a backup from 2010. :) Thank you!

  45. Keith Sze March 28, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    I have never ever imagined that studying can be so significantly exciting.

  46. mira March 28, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    I LOVE YOU MAN

  47. Bob April 14, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    This does not work for my Ipad 2 as the SBParentalControlsPIN is not there though the number of attempts is

    • Bob April 14, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Udpate. Found it using the first backup I had. Presumably Apple removed the PIN from the original location with an update.
      Many thanks Megha!!

  48. Kate April 26, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    THANK YOU!

    Saved me blood, sweat and tears.

    Blessings!!

  49. jenea May 5, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    ok i have a iphone 3gs and i forget the password to rest the phone. ive tried what is up above. My iphone is connected to my macbook pro. I need help!

  50. Amir May 7, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    As an iphone expert and one of the experienced people
    I reccomend restoring the iphone with full restore,
    Now guys ,
    for any issue (jailbreak/crash/lag…any any thing!!!)regarding the iphone iPod and ipad , please feel free to ask an contact me at my email,[email protected]
    By imessage!!! Or by sending a normal email……!!
    I’ll be always there to help you. 
    Thanks,

  51. Tyge May 26, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    My Restrictions passcode is now reset after being set to a passcode I forgot over a year ago. Thanks so much for the easy step-by-step directions!

    Location Services are now working!

    So excited!

  52. Ryno June 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    how do i open the com.apple.springboard.plist

  53. Ryno June 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    how do i open the com.apple.springboard.plist in property list editor?

    • Hatice September 28, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      MEEE TOOO!! Please HELP. THANKS!

  54. Romi Goodwin June 27, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    doesnt work. i just wasted an hour for that

  55. josue June 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    when i open the springboard thing it doesnt give me anything for PIN. it only has ringtone stuff. megha bassi could u please help me out. thanks

  56. malay sood June 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    this was so helpful! thank you so much.
    although it took me a while and had to download textedit pro but now its actually done. thank you so much.

  57. Moe July 5, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Everything worked. I just cannot find the SBParentalControlPin.
    Is there a reason why?
    The first time I did it I encrypted the backup files. Then i realized I had to remove that so I can find the code.
    But for some reason I cannot find that SBParentalControlPin, anybody has any clue where to find that?

  58. Sienna July 9, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    THIS IS
    GENIUS.

    It worked well for me. Thanks!

  59. Hitesh July 15, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    Worked perfectly on first try. Thanks.

  60. Bryan Kalms July 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Finally cracked it nice and easy.

    1. Download iPhone Backup extractor.
    2. Find the current backup folder in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backups (Lion)
    3. Copy the folder to the desktop.
    4. Find an old backup of the backup folder that was created with iOS 3.
    5. Copy that folder to the location in 2.
    6. Use iPhone Backup Extractor as explained above.
    7. Replace the old backup folder with the copy from 3.

    All done.

    But, yes, you do need a backup and it has to from a version of iOS that used SBParentalControlsPIN. And it may work just by copying the old backup to the location in 2.

  61. alex August 3, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    im on windows and im using ibackupbot. i found the plist file but i cant find the pin. help me please

  62. Ali August 18, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    It worked! Thanks so much!

  63. WeW August 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    For iPAD2, i extracted the information I needed using Juicephone http://www.addpod.de/juicephone. Was able to browse the files and find the file w/ the passcode. Very easy and thank you!!

  64. SPak12 August 30, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    It’s not picking up my device for some reason. It shows up on iTunes and when I “Read Backups,” my device doesn’t show up. Why?

    • SPak12 August 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

      Oh I think it’s because I have iOS 5.0.1. Can you guys make it compatible to this version?

  65. Mike September 9, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Ok. I am on a unjailbroken iPad 3, and I don’t know the password. I’m on a windows 7 pc. HELP

  66. Lycia December 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    - what if I don’t have a Mac? I’m trying to get my email off my
    Moms old iPod… Help!

  67. Tomjr December 10, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    If you have iOS 5 or higher (or this just doesn’t work for you), have a look at this post: https://discussions.apple.com/message/20544884#20544884

    It gives complete instructions on resetting your restrictions code (and works with iOS5+).

  68. thisispaul December 29, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    For those of you on iOS 5.1.1 you can reset your 4-digit Restrictions passcode with very little effort if your device is jailbroke (no reason not to… check out Absinthe to do it). Get yourself a copy of iFile (available through Cydia) and you can do this right from the phone. No PC or other software required. From within iFile you just browse to var/mobile/Library/Preferences and open com.apple.springboard.plist using the built in text viewer. Click the edit button to make changes, then add the following into a new line:

    SBParentalControlsPIN
    1234

    Save the file changes by selecting Done, then Respring the device. Voila! Your Restrictions passcode is now set to 1234.

  69. Sexy boy January 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Hey, plz help me I can’t download facebook in my iPhone 3

  70. Er0l January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you very much. I recovered my restriction passcode

  71. griffin February 20, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    HELP! When I open “prefrences” It won’t load!!!!!!! I don’t know what Im doing wrong

    • Hassan Zia February 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      hey just use iFile no need SSH or any thing else just use iFile to recover ur password

    • Hassan Zia February 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      hey just use iFile no need SSH or any thing else just use iFile to recover ur password

  72. Bianca March 2, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    when I open the file com.apple.springboard.plist in Property List Editor it says that there is an error and a bunch of weid symbols show up. is it encryption?

  73. John T Green March 3, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    I follow instructions but only see senttweet sound identifier, sent mail sound identifier, voicemail sound identifier, reminder alert…, ringtone, new mail sound…facebookpost…sms sound…calendar alert sound identifier. There is nothing else listed.

  74. Help March 4, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    im using 6.02 the parental controls pin doesnt show

  75. Mike March 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Do you have an updated guide for iOS 6? The .plist file seems to no longer contain the restrictions pin.

  76. Jake March 20, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I tried this on IOS 6…but no luck. There was no Pin number to be found…is there any way to do it on IOS 6? Please help!!

    • owly March 23, 2013 at 2:10 am #

      Same problem here. No luck to find pin in that file.

      • Helen March 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

        Same again… :(

        • Kyle Frum March 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

          Here also, no PIN.

  77. Helen March 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Probably a stupid question, but where do I find ‘IOS Files’?

    • Helen March 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Everything’s working fine until this bit…”Browse to the location you specified for extracting iOS Files and navigate to iOS Files > Library > Preferences.” I just can’t find this no matter how hard I search. :( Please help!

  78. beattie April 4, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    When i go to open the springboard part thing, it opens in ‘TextEditor’ ?

  79. Shashwat Tripathi April 19, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    I am having the problem as John T Green can’t find the pin anywhere

  80. Jen April 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Thank you! This was driving me *crazy*.

  81. Shashwat Tripathi April 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Where is the SBParent Control cant find it in Springboard

  82. Mel May 10, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    thanks for the information. i followed all of your instructions but there was no pin or SBParentalControlsPin file anywhere in the com.apple.springboard.plist folder. any suggestions?

  83. Stacy_C May 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    iBackupBot is the tool you want. Edit the springboard file to include the following, then restore from that backup. Use at your own risk but this worked perfectly for me. (You don’t recover your old passcode, you reset it to something else.)

    SBParentalControlsBlocked

    SBParentalControlsEnabled

    SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts
    1
    SBParentalControlsMCContentRestrictions

    countryCode
    us

    SBParentalControlsPIN
    1234

    • Mary G. June 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      and after you find this ^ , what do you do ?? HELP

  84. Guest May 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    iBackupBot is the tool you want. Edit the springboard file to include the following, then restore from that backup. Use at your own risk but this worked perfectly for me. (You don’t recover your old passcode, you reset it to something else.)

    SBParentalControlsBlocked

    SBParentalControlsEnabled

    SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts
    1
    SBParentalControlsMCContentRestrictions

    countryCode
    us

    SBParentalControlsPIN
    1234

  85. Guest May 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    iBackupBot is the tool you want. Edit the springboard file to include the following, then restore from that backup. Use at your own risk but this worked perfectly for me. (You don’t recover your old passcode, you reset it to something else…)

    SBParentalControlsBlocked

    SBParentalControlsEnabled

    SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts
    1
    SBParentalControlsMCContentRestrictions

    countryCode
    us

    SBParentalControlsPIN
    1234

  86. Guest May 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    iBackupBot is the tool you want. Edit the springboard file to include the following, then restore from that backup. Use at your own risk but this worked perfectly for me. (You don’t recover your old passcode, you reset it to something else..)

    SBParentalControlsBlocked

    SBParentalControlsEnabled

    SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts
    1
    SBParentalControlsMCContentRestrictions

    countryCode
    us

    SBParentalControlsPIN
    1234

  87. Guest May 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    iBackupBot is the tool you want. Insert the following in the springboard file, then restore from that backup. Use at your own risk but this worked for me.

    SBParentalControlsBlocked

    SBParentalControlsEnabled

    SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts
    1
    SBParentalControlsMCContentRestrictions

    countryCode
    us

    SBParentalControlsPIN
    1234

  88. Tom May 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    problem ectracting the file. Is this because i’m using a windows laptop?
    Please help.

  89. livy86 May 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi, great article but there’s an easier way to do this now. The Restrictions PIN can be reset in a sec by using the iPhone Backup Extractor version 4.1.4. Just download it, open your iTunes backup and reset your PIN to “1234”. Then restore the backup and your troubles are over!

    • PK August 19, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      sadly this doesn’t work. Nothing comes up relating to restrictions when you use the iphone backup extractor — there is no option to reset the PIN. I can select to extract files, that’s it.

      Please explain????

  90. Nacho June 2, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    This work for me:
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2667637?start=255&tstart=0

  91. Mr. computers June 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    the only way to do it is to back up your iPod by 1.turn off device
    2.plug in to mac or windows
    3.if device turns back on, turn off device
    4.hold home button
    5.let go of home button once FULLY powered on

    next, go to iPod settings
    2.general
    3.unplug cable
    4.tap RESET
    5.plug in to computer an device will sync automatically!

  92. Mary G. June 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Where is the SBParent Control cant find it in Springboard ??? iOS 6.1.4

    HELP !??

  93. anonymous June 13, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    how do you get com.apple.springboard.plist

  94. yepi July 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day!

  95. Vanessa July 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I can’t find com.apple.springboard.plist :/ Like, it’s non-existant. Anyway to fix this?

    • sean December 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      either search it or go to library > prefrences > com.apple.springboard.plist

  96. fogotmypass! August 24, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Thank you, it’s been great help!

  97. bulll shit September 15, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    bulllllllllllllllllllllllll SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTT

  98. Hi October 2, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Mine doent work.. I want to remove my school restrictions

  99. Hi October 2, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Fuck this

  100. marisa October 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    i cant open com.apple.springboard.plist with Property List Editor because its document type of file! wtheck do i do now?!

    • Krishna Meenakshi Narayanan November 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      SAME with me!!!!!! someone pls help!!! :0 i really need to restore my phone (its dads with so much data!!), and i need the restrictions passcode for that >.< :L :( :'(

  101. David Kunkleman November 3, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    I tried this but it appears the string is empty. I do it on another one of my devices and it looks like all is in there are sound files, etc. No SBParentalControlsPin.

    • joe January 3, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      so what do i do now

  102. Joe January 3, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    where the hell is “Read Backup’s please help

  103. flapistache January 12, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    In my case SBParentalControlsPin is not in the file.

    Il put it after systelLastVersion with a code pin / restart iphone
    It is ok restriction code is what i put in the file

    thx

  104. Miss July 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    This works! It’s a passcode cracker that works right from the web. My code was 0852 (ID FORGOTTEN IT HA!) it took just a minute or two. http://ios7hash.derson.us/

  105. Baka July 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I don’t have a Mac… All I have is an iPad…

  106. Anchit Shethia September 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Can this method still work on iOS 7?

  107. Dawson September 9, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    well, great tutorial. It works great. For Windows users who have the same problem, you can check this step by step guide instead to unlock the restriction passcode:
    http://www.iphonetransferrecovery.com/tutorials/forgot-iphone-screen-lock-passcode.html

  108. Perry September 12, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    It’s going to be finish of mine day, however before ending I am reading this impressive post to improve my
    knowledge.

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