How To Bypass Content Restrictions on an iPhone

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Content restrictions, also known as Screen Time, can be annoying to navigate, especially if it is placed on one application or if there’s a certain type of content you wish to access but can’t because of the restrictions. While it is quite easy to disable Screen Time if you know the password, this begs the question, how do you bypass content restrictions on an iPhone?

Quick Answer

You can bypass content restrictions on an iPhone by using any of the following methods.

Reset your iPhone entirely.
Restore your iPhone using iTunes.
• Change your time zone.
• Use your Apple ID.

In this article, we’re going to go over exactly how you can bypass content restrictions on an iPhone alongside what the best method for doing so in the first place.

Method #1: Resetting Your iPhone

If your iPhone only has a Screen Time password or you know your iPhone’s passcode but not the Screen Time one, you can just reset your iPhone and bypass content restrictions. 

Here’s how you can bypass content restrictions on your iPhone by simply resetting your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Head to “General”.
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  3. Scroll down and select “Transfer or Reset iPhone”.
  4. Select “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  5. Follow all on-screen instructions.

After you’ve reset your iPhone, here’s what you need to do to bypass content restrictions.

  1. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. When prompted to restore the phone from a backup, choose not to do so and select “Set Up As New iPhone”.
  3. Once you head to the home screen, you’ll be greeted with a fresh install of iOS with no content restrictions on the site. 

Method #2: Restoring Using iTunes

If you aren’t able to restore your iPhone directly, you can resort to iTunes instead. But first, you’ll need to download iTunes. After doing so, here’s how you can use iTunes to bypass content restrictions on an iPhone.

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  1. Open iTunes on your PC.
  2. Connect your iPhone.
  3. Select Restore.
  4. iTunes will download the latest version of iOS available.
  5. The firmware will be pushed to your iPhone, and it’ll be successfully restored.

Just like the previous method, you will need to set your iPhone as a new device for content restrictions to be bypassed. If you don’t, your screen time password may still be applicable, given the date of your backup.

Method #3: Changing Your Time Zone

If your content restriction is based on geographical time, aka Downtime, then you can adjust the time of your iPhone to bypass content restrictions. However, this has been shown to not always work. Therefore, trial and error will be of paramount importance.

To bypass time-related content restrictions on your iPhone, do the following.

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  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Head to “General” and select “Date & Time”.
  3. Uncheck “Set Automatically”.
  4. Adjust the time of your iPhone according to your content restriction.
Keep in Mind

For this method to work, you will need to know your iPhone’s exact Down Time set. You can check the exact time set or get an idea by heading to Screen Time on your iPhone.

If this works out for you, you’ll need to keep changing your time zones or adjust your time to ensure it stays within the threshold set. Some time-sensitive applications on your iPhone, such as bank applications, might not work when you have a random time set.

Moreover, most web-based applications also require accurate times to be set before the applications work. To circumvent that, keep the date relatively consistent. Don’t forget to change the date to your actual time zone. Otherwise, most applications will stop working.

Method #4: Using Your Apple ID

If your iPhone’s Screen Time has been set by someone else, they’ll still be using your Apple ID. We can take advantage of that. So, we can bypass content restrictions on iPhones by entering our Apple ID. Here’s how.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Head to “Screen Time”.
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  3. Scroll down to “Change Screen Time Passcode”.
  4. Select “Forgot Password”.
  5. You will now go through a series of steps that require you to enter your Apple ID and password.
  6. If successful, you’ll be able to bypass content restrictions on your iPhone.


Bypassing your iPhone content restrictions can get tricky if you don’t know your Screen Time password or Apple ID password. But if you are willing to take the leap and reset your iPhone, you can get back up and running, accessing the content you want in no time!

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