Few days ago I wrote a tutorial where I did show you how to enable restrictions in your iOS and secure your iDevices. But what if you forgot or lost your PIN/Password and you can disable any restrictions? Well don’t worry, in this tutorial I will show you how to recover your iOS restrictions PIN and if you want add new one. Note that this tutorial was performed on iPhone and I can’t guaranty that it will work on other iDevices.

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Few days ago I wrote a tutorial where I did show you how to enable restrictions in your iOS and secure your iDevices. But what if you forgot or lost your PIN/Password and you can disable any restrictions? Well don’t worry, in this tutorial I will show you how to recover your iOS restrictions PIN and if you want add new one. Note that this tutorial was performed on iPhone and I can’t guaranty that it will work on other iDevices.


For this method, it is not required that you iPhone be jailbreaked, however if you have configured your iTunes to encrypt your backups this method won’t work for you. If you have passed previous two requirements then you can proceed to below steps

Step 1: Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor on your Windows or Mac

Step 2: As soon as you lunch the application you iPhone backups will be detected with their dates. Under Select backup dropdown menu select the most recent backup and at the bottom of your window click on Expert mode to browse the backup

Step 3: From this location you have access to all .plist files saved in the backup which hold your iPhone settings, preferences including Restrictions PIN

Step 4: Now if you look at these lists you will see a lot of files, but you need to browse following one \Library\Preferences\com.apple.springboard.plist and make sure you check the box in front of com.apple.springboard.plist

Step 5: Click Extract selected and save it to desired location

Step 6: Now while you are still inside iPhone Backup Extractor window choose File and then from dropdown menu choose View PList

Step 7: Within open .plist file browse down to the following key SBParentalControlsPIN where you can view your saved Restrictions PIN.

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