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  • TomsiPhone Level 1 (40 points)

    Thanks paulcb. For some reason I thought that even if you'd forgotten your passcode, that a backup from your backup PC could be used (i.e. a Restore) to get into it without needing that passcode.


    So apparently Rule #1 for using a Passcode: don't ever forget your passcode!


    And Rule #2 would therefore be: Don't ever violate Rule #1!



  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)

    So apparently Rule #1 for using a Passcode: don't ever forget your passcode!


    And Rule #2 would therefore be: Don't ever violate Rule #1!




    Well said.

  • hazelolive Level 1 (0 points)

    It works!!!! It really works!!!! You saved my life : )

  • Tedfixit Level 1 (120 points)

    You can force iPhone into recovery mode by turning it off and then connecting it to iTunes while holding down the home button. You must hold the home button down while you connect iPhone to your computer, and keep holding the button down until you see the iTunes icon on iPhone.

  • Formatrix Level 1 (0 points)

    Thankyou  Juan Bermudez. Your link was quite helpful !!

  • zachkolk Level 1 (20 points)

    I don't know if my answer is too late to help, but in my experience, restoring to an iCloud backup doesn't restore the passcode as well. This would be because you obviously know both the Apple ID and it's password, so the data associated with it must be yours, even if you did forget the passcode.

  • s242 Level 1 (0 points)

    Has there been any progress on finding a way to disover the passcode on IOS 5? Ever since we updated our kid's ipods months ago, it has been locked and we did not set the passcode. Even if we did, we have tried all the possible codes that we would have used (there are only two possibilities we would ever even consider for something like this).


    This has been a major problem that apple seems to refuse to fix. We never set a passcode at all, yet both our kid's ipods are now locked. And even if for some reason we decided to put a code in place, we would have chosen the code we use. It is completely frustrating.


    Any of the software cracks don't seem to work.

  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,278 points)

    There is nothing to fix. It's a security measure you must enable yourself. If it were easy to bypass, it wouldn't have any value at all.


    Restore them from the backups to remove the passcodes.

  • 1nk1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, so I can restore my phone from iCloud and it will NOT restore the forgotten passwords as well? As in, the phone will be clean, no unlock passwords for anything, including the restrictions password?

  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,278 points)

    No. The lock screen passcode is not included in the backup, but the restrictions passcode is. If there is a restrictions passcode set and you don't know it, you will need to set it up as a new device and start over.


    IF you have a backup from before they were present, you could restore that.

  • tallPablo Level 1 (0 points)

    KiltedTim - I don't think you should be speaking in such absolutes by telling people there is for sure no way to recover the Restrictions PIN. You have not researched this issue enough, apparently. There is a way, and it's not very hard.


    After a little searching, I found a way to not recover, but change the PIN to anything I want. This is just as goo, since it allowed me to enter the Restictions panel and then disable/enable and change the PIN back to what I wanted. I just did this now on my recent-gen iPod touch running iOS 5.1.1.


    I found the idea in this thread: Search for BigBopper66's entry. It comes boils down to the following steps:

    1. Make a backup of your iPod in iTunes. Leave iTunes open so it won't overwrite the changes you are about to make below.

    2. Edit the backup with iBackupBot (

         a. Open the file

         b. Change the SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts to 1, so you won't have to wait to enter your new code later

         c. ADD the following two lines after the SBParentalControlsFailedAttempts entry



         d. Save changes

    3. In iTunes restore from the backup you just edited


    Now, on your iPod type in '1234' as your Restictions PIN and viola you are unlocked. Then you can disable / re-enable Restrictions with a new PIN as needed. Write it down this time!


    The trick is that even though the PIN entry was removed in iOS 5, the OS apparently still recognizes it when processing this file. So just put it back in! This is probably a bug that Apple will fix at some point, but this technique works as of 5.1.1.


    Thanks to BigBopper66 for discovering this. Head over to the other thread for more details.

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,936 points)

    tallPablo wrote:


    3. In iTunes restore from the backup you just edited


    ... this technique works as of 5.1.1.




    FYI you cannot restore from the backup unless you also want to install iOS 6.

  • tallPablo Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, that's not correct. I did just as I described and it worked fine: it solved my Restrictions PIN problem and left my iPod touch at 5.1.1.


    I used an older version of iTunes on Win7. Maybe what you say is true of newer iTunes versions but not mine.


    FYI - several people were also successful with this technique; please read over the other thread I linked to.

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,936 points)

    Thanks for the additional explanation.


    I did read the other thread thoroughly, and tried the technique with a new iPad. iTunes wants to install iOS 6. There does not appear to be a way around this.


    Unless your iPod Touch is the newest model, iOS 6 will not be an option, therefore no risk.

  • tallPablo Level 1 (0 points)

    You might try to install an older version of iTunes, if you can find one. Will be tricky though - good luck!