[Fixed] How to Reset an iPad with Forgotten Restrictions Passcode

- "I forgot my password to my restrictions, and I can't figure out how many attempts I tried. So how do I reset the restrictions passcode on my iPad Air 2?"

Reset an iPad with Forgotten Restrictions Passcode

If you enable restrictions on your iPad before, then every time you use these protected applications and features, you need to enter your restrictions passcode first. It is a useful method to restrict kids' activities especially for parents. However, what can you do if you are locked out of your iPad? How can you bypass a forgotten iPad restrictions passcode? If you have tried all possible combinations when you forgot a restriction passcode for iPad, then you can follow operations below to reset an iPad restrictions PIN with ease.

Part 1: Reset the Restrictions Passcode (If You Remember Password)

It will be easy to reset an iPad restrictions password if you still remember its correct PIN code. You can back up your iPad and then erase all contents and settings including a restriction passcode. Otherwise, you can reset an iPad restriction passcode without using a computer safely. Read and choose which approach to reset a restrictions passcode on iPad that work better for you.

Step 1. Enter your restrictions passcode on iPad

Open "Settings" app on your iPad. Scroll down to click "General" and then choose "Restrictions". Type your iPad restriction password.

Enter Restrictions Passcode on iPad

Step 2. Disable restrictions

Select "Disable Restrictions" under "Restrictions" page. You need to enter your restrictions passcode again on iPad.

Disable Restrictions

Step 3. Reset an iPad restrictions passcode

Click "Enable Restrictions" option. Type your new restrictions password and confirm it.

Enable Restrictions

Part 2: How to Reset Restriction Code (If You Forget iPad Restriction Passcode)

If you can't remember the restriction passcode, you should use iTunes to restore your iPad. Before you reset an iPad when forgot restrictions passcode, there are something important you need to do first.


  • Turn off "Find My iPad"
    Go to "Settings" app on your iPad. Find "iCloud" menu and turn off "Find My iPad" below.
  • Update iTunes to the latest version
    Every time you use iTunes to backup or restore an Apple iPad, you should update iTunes to the latest version in advance. Otherwise, you may fail to restore an iPad when forgot a restrictions passcode using iTunes.
  • Do not use "Erase All Settings and Contents"
    It does not work if you erase your iPad thoroughly through this option. You will still be required to enter the Apple ID and the forgotten iPad restriction passcode.

Step 1. Connect iPad to iTunes

Launch iTunes. Use a lightning USB cable to connect iPad to a computer. Wait few seconds and then iTunes will detect your iPad automatically.

Connect iPad to iTunes

Step 2. Restore an iPad without a restriction passcode

Click "Summary" under your iPad icon in the left panel. Select "Restore iPad" button on the right. Confirm to restore your iPad without a forgotten iPad restrictions password when the notification pops up. Later, iTunes will start downloading the latest iOS and restoring iPhone. After that, you can use your iPad without restrictions password required.

In this way, you are able to reset iPhone restriction passcode successfully.

Restore an iPad without a Restriction Passcode

Part 3: Use a Third-party Tool to Recover the Restrictions Passcode

Apeaksoft iOS Unlocker is a powerful tool that can reset a jailbreaking iPad without password. In another word, when you forgot iPad restrictions passcode, you can use this software to recover or remove the restrictions passcode on iPad.

  • Remove and Recover Screen Time restriction password on iPad.
  • Wipe screen-locked iPad from 4-digit, 6-digit, customized number and code.
  • Remove Apple ID while you forgot Apple ID password.
  • Compatible with all iOS devices like iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, etc., running in iOS 16/15/14 and before.

Now, let’s break down the exact process.

Step 1. Free download Apeaksoft iOS Unlocker from the download link above. It is compatible with Windows and Mac computer and you can download which version you need.

Run this software and select Screen Time mode in the main interface. Meanwhile, get the USB cable to connect your iPhone with computer.

Step 2. Click the Start button to remove or recover Screen Time passcode immediately.

Unlock Screen Time

If your iPhone is running iOS 11 or earlier, the program will recover your restrictions passcode. For iPhone running in iOS 12 and later, this software will remove the Screen Time password.

Recommendation: Restore an iPad with iTunes/iCloud Backup Selectively

To recover the lost iPad data from various scenarios like factory reset, system problem, forgot passcode and other issues, you should use Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery. iPhone Data Recovery can restore your iPad up to 19 kinds of data including messages, contacts, call logs, music, photos, videos and etc. Moreover, iPhone Data Recovery works well with iOS 16 and the latest iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8.

iPhone Data Recovery

  • Restore lost data from any iPad without backup
  • Selectively restore lost data from iTunes backup in a snap
  • Download and restore iPad with iCloud backup safely
  • Preview and scan any iOS data before recovery
  • Support all iPad models including iPad Pro/Air/Mini and iPad
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How to Restore iPad from iTunes Backup after bypass the forgotten iPad Restriction Password

Step 1. Launch the iPad data recovery app

Run iPhone Data Recovery. Use a USB cable to connect iPad to the trusted computer. Make sure you have synced iPad to iTunes with this computer before. Enter "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode.

iPhone Data Recovery

Step 2. Scan iTunes backup

Choose the related iTunes backup file, and then hit "Start Scan" button below. It will take seconds to scan an iTunes backup. The differences between iPhone Data Recovery and common iTunes restore is that you can choose which item to restore after resetting a forgotten restrictions passcode on iPad.

Scan iTunes Backup

Step 2. Restore an iPad from iTunes selectively

All available files are listed in categories in the left panel. Choose any iOS data and then preview in detail. Select all data you want to restore to iPad from iTunes backup. Press "Recover" to output iTunes backups to your iPad selectively and professionally.

Restore an iPad from iTunes

As a result, you can reset an iPad when you forgot its iPad restrictions passcode. Otherwise, you can use a third-party tool to recover an iPad restrictions password instead. If you need to restore iPad from iTunes or iCloud backup after the reset, do not forget to use iPhone Data Recovery to customize output iPad data.

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