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If you forget Screen Time passcode and there is no option for forgot Screen Time passcode available, take a look at these quick workarounds.

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
iPhone Unlocker High - It removes the Screen Time passcode. Super Easy
Update iOS Moderate - It lets your iPhone have an iOS version that offers the forgot passcode option for Screen Time. Super Easy
Use Organizer's Device Moderate - It enables you to reset the Screen Time passcode. Easy
Factory Reset High - It resets all settings on your iPhone to the factory defaults, including the Screen Time passcode. Easy
Restore iPhone with iTunes High - It restores your iPhone to a state when the Screen Time is not set up. Relatively Technical

Why No Option for Forgot Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

The 4-digit Screen Time passcode you set up enables you to extend app limits or dismiss reminder notifications. Forgetting this passcode results in a daily restriction to the Screen Time lock. To reset the Screen Time passcode on your iPhone or iPad, tap the blue text "Forgot Passcode?" within the Change Screen Time Passcode option. However, this time, you find no option for forgot Screen Time passcode.

Why is the forgot passcode option for Screen Time missing? Here are some possible reasons for the absence of the "forgot passcode" option in Screen Time:

  • 😞Your iOS is incompatible. If your iPhone is running an iOS version earlier than iOS 13.4, you won't find the "forgot passcode" feature in Screen Time, as this option was introduced with iOS 13.4.
  • ❎Your device is not an organizer. If you use Family Sharing to manage a child's account, the "forgot passcode" option will exclusively appear on the device of the family organizer and not on the child's device. The same is true if your iPhone is activated via MDM Control.
  • 📱Your iPhone is resetting. If Time Screen is enabled, you will be prompted to enter the Time Screen passcode as part of the iPhone resetting process. The Screen Time passcode interface will not show the "forgot passcode" option during this process, as resetting the Screen Time passcode is not allowed at that moment.

One-Click to Fix No Option for Forgot Screen Time Passcode

The most effective way to fix no option for forgot Screen Time passcode is to use an iPhone unlocker tool to remove the Screen Time passcode. EaseUS MobiUnlock is a specialized application designed to turn off Screen Time without passcode on iPhone or any type of passcode on iPhone/iPad. Without any technical skills required, the Screen Time passcode can be removed with zero data loss by using this tool. Then, you can freely reset the passcode for Screen Time.

Key features of EaseUS MobiUnlock:

Step 1. Connect your device to a computer. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer with a working USB cable.

Step 2. Choose an unlock mode. EaseUS is free to download on either a Windows computer or an Apple Mac. After opening it, choose "Unlock Screen Time Passcode" from the homepage.

Step 3. Unlock Screen Time passcode. Once the software recognizes your iOS device, click the "Unlock Now" button. EaseUS MobiUnlock will begin removing Screen Time passcode on your iPhone or iPad.

unlock screen time passcode

What to Do If No Option for Forgot Screen Time Passcode

This part elaborates on how to fix the forgot passcode option not showing up for Screen Time. Before proceeding, it is advisable to back up your iPhone or iPad using EaseUS MobiMover or iTunes to avoid losing any data.

Fix 1. Update iOS

If there is no option for "forgot password" for Screen Time on your iPhone, you may fix the issue by updating the iOS to the compatible and newest version. Here's how to update the iOS version:

Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap General > Software Update. You can update your iPhone to iOS 17, the latest version, which will fix some unknown bugs of the previous version, thus fixing the 'No option for forgot screen time passcode' issue.

Step 3. Tap Download and Install or Update Now if there is an update available.

Update iOS

Fix 2. Use Organizer's Device

A device managed by a parent's account through Family Sharing or an organization's account via Mobile Device Management (MDM) doesn't have the ability to change the Screen Time passcode. Therefore, to access the "forgot Screen Time passcode" option, you must utilize the organizer's device and the Apple ID originally used to establish the Screen Time passcode.

On the organizer's iPhone or iPad:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.

Step 2. Tap your child's or employee's device and tap Change Screen Time Passcode.

Change Screen Time Passcode on Organizer's iPhone

Step 3. Tap Forgot Passcode, or enter your old Time Screen Passcode.

Step 4. Enter Face ID, Touch ID, or screen passcode for authentication.

Step 5. Enter the new Screen Time passcode and re-enter it to confirm.

On the organizer's Mac:

Step 1. Make sure your Mac is updated to macOS 10.15.4 or later.

Step 2. Choose Apple menu > System Settings or System Preferences > Screen Time.

Step 3. Select your child's device, and click Change Passcode.

Step 4. Enter the old Time Screen passcode or click Forgot Passcode.

Reset Screen Time Passcode on Organizer's Mac

Step 5. Enter the Apple ID and password you used to set up the Screen Time passcode.

Step 6. Enter a new Screen Time passcode and confirm.

Fix 3. Factory Reset iPhone (Erase iPhone)

Some bugs on your iPhone may cause your Screen Time passcode not to work. To eliminate any software bugs or glitches and bring back the option for forgot Screen Time passcode on iPhone/iPad, you can choose to reset your device to its factory settings. A factory reset is a drastic operation that will erase your personal information, so make sure you have the most recent backup of your device first.

Step 1. Open Settings > General.

Step 2. Scroll down to tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.

Step 3. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

How to Erase iPhone

Step 4. Tap Continue and enter your screen passcode.

Fix 4. Restore iPhone with iTunes

If you have a habit of creating regular backups of your iPhone, it is a good idea to restore your iPhone to a previous state before Screen Time was enabled. As a result, you can completely remove the Screen Time passcode. iTunes is the official tool provided by Apple to restore your iPhone to its prior settings or completely revert your iPhone to the manufacturer's state. How to restore iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 3. Tap on the small phone icon to open it.

Step 4. In the Summary section, click Restore iPhone to restore your iPhone to factory settings. Or, click Restore Backup and choose a backup file before the Screen Time passcode is set up.

How to Restore iPhone with iTunes

Step 5. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish restoring your iPhone.

Error 'No Option for Forgot Screen Time Passcode' Solved

In this article, we first delve into the reasons why the forgot passcode option for Screen Time disappeared. You can start to fix the no option for forgot Screen Time passcode by updating iOS or using the organizer's device. When it is not possible to reset a Screen Time password on the organizer's device or you can't factory reset your iPhone because it asks for the forgotten Screen Time passcode, you can restore your iPhone or iPad with iTunes.

Among all solutions, you should look into EaseUS MobiUnlock. This iPhone unlocker app can solve your problem within minutes. It removes the Screen Time passcode for you so you can reset the Screen Time passcode without the forgot passcode option.

FAQs About 'No Option for Forgot Screen Time Passcode'

If you still have questions on this topic, the following answers to the frequently asked questions can be helpful.

1. How do I get off failed passcode attempts on Screen Time?

Stop entering the wrong Screen Time passcodes because too many unsuccessful passcode attempts will result in a complete device lockout for one hour. Then tap the Cancel button to dismiss the pop-up asking for Screen Time passcode.

2. Can I reset my iPhone without a Screen Time passcode?

Yes, you can reset your iPhone without a Screen Time passcode via iTunes on a PC or a Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier or via Finder on a Mac with macOS 10.15 or later.

3. Can a child override Screen Time on an iPhone?

If a child doesn't know the Screen Time passcode and the Apple ID credentials used to configure Screen Time, it will be very challenging for him or her to override Screen Time on an iPhone.

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Updated by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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