iOS5: Forget Restrictions Password

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iOS 5 is out. Everything is great. I love it. However, I noticed I have restrictions set to on, and I have no idea when I set it and what the passcode is !

I did some research and found that in iOS 4, the passcode is store in springboard.plist. Well that’s good, but I’m on iOS 5 ! and I can’t see the passcode there. 😥

The easiest practical solution is…. find your oldest backup in iTunes and hope that it’s from iOS 4, then extract it using iPhone Backup Extractor. (If your oldest backup is from iOS 5 already, dig into your Time Machine backup (or what ever backup you have) and restore them into your HomeDirectory/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup)

Fire up the app, select your oldest backup. It’s gonna present you with a list of apps you installed (using Bundle IDs). Scroll all the way down to the bottom, and select iOS Files to extract it.

Extracting BackupAfter it’s done, in iOS Files/Library/Preferences, find SpringBoard Preference File

Open the file in TextEditor or Property List Editor, find the key “SBParentalControlsPin” and you’ll see a 4-digits pin. For example, the pin is 1234 here. Yep, and that’s what you’re looking for.


The key to this solution is to have a backup from iOS 4, if you don’t, you’re doomed! I don’t know and can’t seem to find where, in iOS 5, the pin is stored, which is, in a sense, good and secure and all that.

For Windows users, you may want to check out this extractor app.

After you extract it and found plist file, you can open it using Notepad or Notepad+ or any text editor you prefer.
The path of iTunes backup in Windows 7 is \Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup.


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6 thoughts on “iOS5: Forget Restrictions Password

  1. paula says:

    So, anyone found where it is in iOS 5?

    I upgraded devices, tested the same passcode, and it worked. But then transferred from that iOS 5 device to another (fresh, new iPhone; new first, then restored), and the passcode no longer works.

    There was an iOS update in the meantime, and it still won’t accept the passcode.

    Hope someone has found where it is, so that those of us in this sit can fix it!

    • Dekpient says:

      I don’t know if anyone found it yet; haven’t checked.

      Um, why don’t you try remove restriction passcode from you old device then do the backup. Then restore this backup on the new one. I guess it might work, and then you can just set up the restriction again on the new iPhone.

      • Harry says:

        I Did it on OS5.1 backup, downloaded the “iPhone Backup Extractor” provided by you, extracted the files and open “” with “Property List Editor” and got the “SBParentalControlsPIN”

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  3. Mgdawg says:

    Ok, so I have the answer if you don’t have a backup and you are on ios 5. you do have to have a jailbroken iDevice, and ifile. The link is here:

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