How to reset iOS device

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by ahostmadsen, May 25, 2019.

  1. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    My wife forgot her screen time passcode for her iPad. So, from reading online the only way is to erase the device and set up as new — not a problem. But when trying to erase the iPad, it comes out and asks for the screen time passcode!

    So, basically the device is a brick.
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    One way back is to erase the iPad, connected to your Mac running iTunes.
    Set up as a new iPad. If you restore your user files and apps from a backup, you will also include passwords, and the restore process will simply set you up with your (still forgotten) screen time passcode.
    You will first need to turn OFF Find My iPad, in the iCloud settings on your Mac.
    So, no restore, just erase and reinstall the system from iTunes, and go from there, setting up as a new user.
  4. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    I don’t think screen time setting is even saved for iCloud backup, let alone passcode. Every time I have to setup a new screen time passcode after restore.
  5. ahostmadsen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    So, basically, the erase and restore has to be done through iTunes? It cannot be done directly on the device. That is the point.

    I’m away from home, and this seems a little challenging for my wife. She has a PC, not a Mac. I guess it’s possible to download iTunes for Windows, but it seems challenging.
    --- Post Merged, May 25, 2019 ---
    OK, the reason I said brick: we only use this device for my daughter to watch video. Since she cannot watch video because of the screen time restriction, it has become a useless device.

    Crazy that you have to go through such hoops to reset screen time passcode. I can understand why the device passcode has to be so secure, but a simple screen time passcode...
  6. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    :eek::confused:I forgot that user could type passcode to lift screen time limitation for a period.

    PC theoretically should also do the job, and procedure is only slightly different from itunes for Mac.

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