What’s a Screen Time passcode?

Answered by Robert Flynn

A Screen Time passcode is a security feature introduced by Apple in iOS 12 that allows you to restrict and manage the usage of certain apps and features on your iPhone or iPad. It essentially replaces the previous Restrictions feature found in earlier versions of iOS.

The Screen Time passcode is different from your device passcode or your Apple ID password. It is specifically used to control and change settings related to Screen Time, such as app limits, content and privacy restrictions, and downtime schedules.

When you upgrade to iOS 12 from an older version, if you had previously enabled the Restrictions feature, Screen Time is automatically enabled and your old Restrictions passcode becomes your new Screen Time passcode. This means that you can continue using the same passcode to access and modify your Screen Time settings.

If you never had Restrictions enabled before upgrading to iOS 12, or if you did not set a Restrictions passcode, Screen Time will not have a passcode set initially. In this case, you can set a new Screen Time passcode by going to Settings, tapping on Screen Time, selecting “Use Screen Time Passcode,” and following the prompts to set a passcode of your choice.

It’s important to note that the Screen Time passcode is separate from your device passcode for added security. This means that even if someone knows your device passcode, they will not be able to access or modify your Screen Time settings without the Screen Time passcode.

If you forget your Screen Time passcode, you can reset it by going to Settings, tapping on Screen Time, selecting “Change Screen Time Passcode,” and choosing the option to “Reset Passcode.” However, keep in mind that resetting the passcode will also remove all existing Screen Time settings and data, so it should be done with caution.

In my personal experience, I find the Screen Time passcode to be a useful feature in managing and controlling my device usage. It allows me to set limits on certain apps and features, helping me maintain a healthy balance between productivity and leisure. The passcode adds an extra layer of security, ensuring that only I can make changes to these settings.

The Screen Time passcode is an important aspect of the Screen Time feature in iOS 12 and provides users with control over their device usage.