While we are talking about how to lock down the Internet access on an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad so that you can safely let a child use it without having to worry about what they may access on the Internet, you may find yourself having forgotten the parental restrictions passcode (that allows you to set parental controls to disable Safari, email, etc.), and wanting to reset it. If you haven’t jailbroken your iPod Touch or iPhone or iPad, then the standard advice – to do a factory reset through iTunes – may still be your best bet. But if you have jailbroken your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch, then you can actually remove and reset the parental restrictions passcode without having to reset your device! (Oh happy days!) Here’s how you do it:
First, you will want to download this free program (available for Mac or PC) which allows you to browse your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad when it is connected to iTunes: Download iPhone Explorer.
Once you have iPhone Explorer up and running, and your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch is connected to your computer via the USB cable, you will be able to see all of your files on your device, within iPhone Explorer.
On your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, open the folder called “root”:
Go to the subdirectory “var”:
And from there navigate to /mobile/Library/Preferences/.
In /var/mobile/Library/Preferences you will see a file called “com.apple.springboard.plist”.
Once you have deleted com.apple.springboard.plist, go back up to the /root/var subdirectory, and from there go into the subdirectory “Keychains”. In that directory, find the file “keychain-2.db”, and delete it.
Now reboot your device, and when it restarts, the parental restriction passcode will be removed, and you can set a new one.
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