Screen time passcode reset without Apple ID

I've got a Macbook Pro running MacOS 12.7.4 Monterey with two local accounts: user and admin, both without an Apple ID.

The user account has a "screen time" passcode set that I forgot:

10 failed login attempts

The official instructions say:

  • Click Change Passcode, then click Forgot Passcode.
  • Enter the Apple ID and password you used to set up the Screen Time passcode.

The window does not have a "forgot passcode" button, and I suspect this is because the account does not have an Apple ID.

After searching for hours for a solution, I spent 50 internet points to get an answer but nobody could help.

The only options left are:

  1. Delete the user account and create a new one.
    Lose all settings like wallpaper, keychain and dock preferences.

  2. Install Linux that allows me to reset such things in config files.

For me this one of the shady things Apple does to nudge people into their pay-per-month online system, just as they do with the system preferences advertisements.

Written by Christian Weiske.

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