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.

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Read Anywhere, Everywhere

I’ll tell you why having a Kindle or buying Kindle ebooks can give you the freedom of reading !

Do you know you can read Kindle ebooks without actually having a Kindle? Well, it’s true, you can, but what’s the fun in that?

As I said, there is basically a Kindle reading app for each and every popular computer or mobile devices you can think of, and they’re all FREE ! Here’s the list of devices you can read on.

Kindle Apps

Kindle Apps

Download your apps HERE

Also, if you use a public computer or in some situation, you can’t or don’t want to install an app on the computer, Amazon’s Cloud Reader let you read right there on the web browser. It only supports Chrome and Safari right now, but both browser are free to download anyway. Nothing stops you from reading !

You buy books once, you can read them anywhere you like. All bookmarks, highlights and notes you make are always in-sync. Whispersync takes care of that for you automatically in the background (you need to be connected to the Internet of course).

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