Recently I was playing around with my iPhone settings and set a Restrictions PIN for disabling specific apps on the phone. Today when I went to turn off the Restrictions Settings guess what…. Yeah, I forgot the pin. Oh great… Unfortunately, a system restore didn’t remove the PIN either and since I didn’t feel like doing a wipe-and-reload, I came up with a new solution.
Let me introduce you to the iPhone Backup Extractor!
The iPhone Backup Extractor surprisingly has it all. It’s free and doesn’t even require Jail breaking to use. The only thing to note however about using my method below for recovering your Restrictions PIN is if you configured iTunes to encrypt your backups, your outta luck… If however your like me and skipped backup encryption (it was on my list but never checked that box….) here’s a few things to note about the iPhone Backup extractor:
- Easy and free.
- Works on Windows and Mac.
- Doesn’t require Jail Breaking.
- Finds your iPhone backup on your PC or Mac and you do not even need your device.
Ok… enough chatter. Let’s get to work! and recover that Restrictions PIN
Download iPhone Backup Extractor (FREE)
Once Launched your iPhone backups will be detected, Select the most recent backup or the backup you want to extract settings from.
Choose Expert mode to browse the backup.
From here you have access to all the .plist files saved in the backup which hold your settings and preferences including your Restictions PIN.
Note: It’s interesting to note that in order to gain access to this same data directly from the iPhone you must Jail Break the device since Apple does not allow access to these .plist files by default. However it is easily accessible from the backups as long as your backup files are not encrypted.
To extract the .plist file that contains the “Restrictions” PIN browse to \Library\Preferences\com.apple.springboard.plist. Check the file and hit Extract selected and save it to a location.
Within iPhone Backup Extractor go to /File/View PList, browse to the saved .plist file and hit Open.
Within the open .plist file browse down to the key SBParentalControlsPIN to view your saved Restrictions PIN.
- Recover iPhone Contacts
- Recover iPhone Photos
- Recover iPhone Notes
- Recover iPhone SMS History
- Recover other lost iPhone Data
- Browse through your iPhone backup (or anyone else that you can get physical access to…)
This is a great tool and it speaks to the importance of encrypting your backup files.
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