How to Turn off Screen Time on iPhone/iPad and Mac


It is easy to turn off Screen Time via the settings on iPhone, iPad and Mac. However, once you forgot the Screen Time passcode, you will need the Screen Time passcode removal software to help you disable it.

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Screen Time is the feature that allows you to keep track of your time spent, and set limits for what you want to manage on iPhone and iPad. While so many people appreciate the feature, still some of you want to turn off Screen Time on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

No matter why you choose to disable Screen Time, like improve battery life, get out of parental control, etc., this tutorial can help you how to do.

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Part 1. How to Turn off Screen Time on iPhone/iPad/Mac

To disable Screen Time on your Apple devices are easy. The process comes in handy when you set no passcode for Screen Time.

Turn off Screen Time on iPhone and iPad for Yourself and Your Child

Step 1Open the Settings app on iPhone or iPad.

Step 2Find Screen Time and tap it.

Step 3Select your child’s name or yourself if you are the Family Sharing organizer.

Step 4Scroll down and choose Turn Off Screen Time. Confirm that to disable it.

Turn off Screen Time on iPhone
Tips If you using your iPhone or iPad separately without Family Sharing, you can skip Step 3.

Then you can turn off Screen Time for yourself or your child’s phone remotely.

Disable Screen Time on Mac for Yourself and Your Child

If you do not want to use Screen Time on Mac computer, you can also disable it.

First thing fist, log in to your Mac user account, then make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID to manage the Family Sharing.

Step 1On your Mac, choose Apple menu and find System Preferences.

Step 2Click Screen Time.

Step 3Click the pop-up menu in the sidebar and choose yourself or your child.

Step 4Click Options in the lower-left corner of the sidebar.

Step 5Click Turn Off in the upper-right corner.

Then Screen Time on yours or your child’s will be closed.

Disable Screen Time on Mac
Tips If you’re not using Family Sharing, you will not see the pop-up menu in the sidebar in step 3.

Now, you can use your iPhone or your child controls the iPhone or iPad without limits.

Part 2. How to Disable Screen Time without Passcode

Things get tricky when you want to turn off Screen Time without passcode. Whether you forgot the Screen Time passcode or do not know the passcode and enter the passcode wrongly for many times, it draws a hard line on turning off Screen Time without passcode.

For disabling Screen Time, you need to find the passcode or remove it.

Fortunately, you could find 2 solutions here to fix the problem.

Remove and Recover Screen Time Passcode

Though Apple does not offer you the way to recover Screen Time passcode, you could still achieve it via the third-party software, Apeaksoft iOS Unlocker.

It is the professional software to help you find back the forgotten passcode or remove the passcode directly from Screen Time without data loss.

Moreover, it is compatible with almost all iOS devices like iPhone, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad , iPad mini, etc., and you can use this tool to remove or recover Screen Time passcode on any iOS devices.

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Recover and remove Screen Time passcode without data loss.

Wipe screen-lock passcode from iPhone iPad and iPod.

Erase Apple ID to access all the controls of iOS device.

Compatible with all iOS device running in iOS 17/16 and before.

Now, let’s streamline the steps of recovering or removing Screen Time passcode.

Step 1Download Apeaksoft iOS Unlocker

Free download this Screen Time recovery tool on your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it. Open this software and select Screen Time.

Step 2Recover or wipe Screen Time passcode

Plug iPhone into computer with the USB cable and this program will detect your iOS device automatically.

Click the Start button and it will start recovering or erasing Screen Time passcode.

Unlock Screen Time

After seconds, your iPhone will refresh and you can follow the steps in part 1 to turn off Screen Time.


1. The recovered restriction passcode will appear in this interface for the iOS device running in iOS 11 and earlier.

2. It will remove the current Screen Time passcode and all other settings from iOS device running in iOS 12 and later.

Change and Reset Screen Time Passcode

Even if Apple cannot help you recover Screen Time passcode, it provides you with the solutions to reset Screen Time passcode.

While you enable Screen Time passcode, it requires you to enter your Apple ID and password, which helps you reset the Screen Time passcode when you forgot it.

Yes, you just need to sign into your Apple ID to make it.

Step 1Update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 or later. (Cannot update iPhone?)

Step 2On iPhone/iPad, go to Settings, tap Screen Time.

Step 3Tap Change Screen Time Passcode, then hit it again.

Step 4Tap Forgot Passcode?, and then enter your Apple ID and password that you used to set up the Screen Time passcode.

Step 5Input the new passcode to reset it.

For more details of resetting or changing Screen Time passcode, you can refer to this post.

Change Screen Time Passcode

If you cannot update your iPhone or iPad, you have to restore iPhone to factory settings to erase all content and settings, including Screen Time passcode to solve this problem. If you decide to do it, all the content and settings will be wiped, and you should backup your device to avoid any data loss.

Afterwards, you can easily turn off Screen Time on your device.

Part 3. FAQs of Turning off Screen Time

Can my child turn off Screen Time?

Your child cannot turn off Screen Time with passcode directly via the settings on his/her iPhone/iPad, but he can get rid of parental controls from Screen Time in a round-about way after factory resetting the device. For stopping that, you should enable Find My iPhone or Find My iPad on his/her device, which will require an Apple ID password when the child tries to factory reset iPhone.

Does iPhone backup restore will remove Screen Time passcode?

Restoring your device from a backup won't remove your passcode.

Why can't I turn off Screen Time on my child remotely?

Make sure you have made Screen Time settings correctly. Firstly, turn off Screen Time for their account on your device, and then go through Screen Time setup using their device. When asked, select This Is My Child's device, set your passcode, and adjust their settings. Then you can easily turn off Screen Time remotely on your device.


Turning on Screen Time is similar to using Guided Access to disable the Home button on iPhone/iPad. To turn off Screen Time is as easy as several taps on iPhone iPad and Mac. However, to disable Screen Time without knowing passcode comes to be more tough. You have to find back or remove the passcode and then disable Screen Time. That’s what we have told in the post above.
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