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I added restrictions to my iPad and I forgot the passcode for them, now what? Is there a way to remove it without resetting the device?

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The short answer is no.

The long answer is wipe the device and then start over. If you have a backup, hopefully it's from before the restrictions were set.

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The long answer? – Moshe Nov 21 '10 at 3:59
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The long answer is you can try to use a previous “backup” of your device which usually don’t have the initial password, but the other settings I don’t think they are preserved unencrypted, that’s why I didn’t suggest you that. The best way tho’ it’s to restore. – Martín Marconcini Nov 21 '10 at 15:51

There's a tool that can recover the restrictions passcode from a device backup, called pinfinder. Download the tool at the pinfinder github page, make an unencrypted backup and follow the instructions.

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According to Apple:

If you lose or forget your Restrictions passcode, you'll need to erase your device and then set it up as a new device to remove the passcode. Restoring the device won't remove the passcode.

So apparently restoring from a "pre restrictions" backup won't help either.

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