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How to fix some mysterious problems.

I put the iphone into recovery mode and restored to 4.3.3.

after it was all done it synced the phone and put the restrictions password back on the iphone?

How do I stop this from happening?

asked 12 May '11, 13:35

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edited 12 May '11, 14:13

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Pepper ♦

You have a couple of options. One is officially supported but painful. The other is a glaring display of how crappy Apple's security is.

Painful option: Restore the firmware again. Setup as a new phone instead of restoring the backup. You will have to setup everything again.

Other option: Jailbreak the phone. Use either a combination of WinSCP or similar SSH client and a plist editor, or install iFile which has a built in plist editor. Find the file /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/ Look for something called SBParentalControlPIN. You can either change it and save it back to the original location, or since they stored it as plaintext just make a note of what the code is. See, I told you their security is crappy.

I think there's a third option of looking in the backup file somewhere, it's probably stored in there as plaintext too.

*note: if you are using this information for illegal or immoral purposes then shame on you. this information is intended for somebody who is a responsible adult and owns the device, but forgot what the code was and now wants to turn it off.


answered 12 May '11, 13:52

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edited 12 May '11, 14:07

what I did was restore the firmware again and set it up as a new phone. and no this is not being used in an unethical way.

(12 May '11, 14:12) iphonefixer iphonefixer's gravatar image

What's the 'restrictions password' about, can't you turn it off by entering the password, are trying to bypass password protection by restoring in recovery mode and it failed, is this idevice yours?


answered 12 May '11, 13:41

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edited 12 May '11, 13:47

not if you don't know what it is. He's talking about the 'parental controls' system which has a completely independent password than the lockscreen. I'm about to answer that now. :)

(12 May '11, 13:47) Pepper ♦ Pepper's gravatar image

So he's trying to bypass/kill that by restoring, who put the password on it?

(12 May '11, 13:49) venusanann venusanann's gravatar image

That's a good question. Could be he's a kid and his parents did it, or he's a thief, or he's a responsible adult and owns the device but somebody did it for him while he wasn't looking, or he just forgot. Who knows.

A person can use a car to drive down the street, or run over people on the sidewalk. You can't hold the driving instructor responsible because he taught the driver where the gas pedal is.

(12 May '11, 13:55) Pepper ♦ Pepper's gravatar image

Hmm, first forgets his log in password now doesn't know the password protection on his iphone4, some bad memory you have their OP, helping people overcome password protection just sucks in my view, it's been put there by somebody for a reason.

(12 May '11, 14:00) venusanann venusanann's gravatar image

Yeah, I see your point generally. I did not notice this guy also had asked about that. At least a website (usually) gives a user a good way to recover a forgotten password, would be nice if the phone had a similar capability.

I am about to have to do the exact same procedure for somebody where I work. The lady went on a cruise months ago, somebody thought they were being helpful by restricting it so they couldn't use safari on the cruise ship (to avoid the high rates while on ship or in foreign port). But whoever did it neglected to tell her what the passcode was, or she just forgot. Anyway it is her phone and she's an adult, so I'm going to do it for her, no question. Ever since the cruise she's got like five apps that do various things, it can make calls and text messages, and nothing else works.

(12 May '11, 14:10) Pepper ♦ Pepper's gravatar image

the password came from his old phone which he put it and can't remember and was synced to the new phone. what I did was restore and then not allow the iphone to sync and it is gone.

(12 May '11, 14:11) iphonefixer iphonefixer's gravatar image
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