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What’s My iPhone Password Again?

What’s My iPhone Password Again? (A Tip)
While it might seem like the end of the world at the time, losing your iPhone password can be easily corrected. Don’t panic and follow these directions, first published at Limera1n.
Our iPhones aren’t only for making phone calls and texting others. For many of us, the smart phone is our life, and it knows a lot more about us than even our best friends do. But, what happens when we forget the iPhone password? What if you set a ‘Restrictions Passcode’ six months ago and now you can’t remember it?

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Sure you could throw the iPhone against a wall, but that won’t help anything. However, two solutions will help and let you go on with your digital life.
First, you could restore the iPhone as a new iDevice through iTunes. Note that restoring your iPhone from a previous backup won’t work, since the same missing password would be saved.
Second, you could use the iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac OS X tool, locatedhere.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Once you’ve download the free app, iPhone Backup Extractor, open it up and let it extract itself. You will then want to click ‘Read Backups’. A list of your previous backups should now populate. Just select the backup that you want to extract the passcode from.
Step 2: You should now be looking at a list of apps that have been backed up. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click ‘iOS Files’, and then ‘Extract’. I recommend extracting it to your desktop so you can find it easily.
Step 3: Extraction will take a minute. Once completed, open the folder it created called ‘iOS Files’. Look for the file named ‘’, and open it up.
Step 4: As you scroll down this list of properties, you should see a key titled ‘SBParentalControlsPin’ and to the right of it a value. This is what your Passcode is, enter it in your iDevice, and thank Simon Blog for sharing this little tidbit with us.
Note: Jailbroken users can also locate their passcode via SSH. All you have to do is navigate to ‘var/mobile/Library/Preferences’.
Hopefully, these steps will help someone in need.