What To Do If You Forget Your Parental Control’s Password? - Sourajit Saha

What To Do If You Forget Your Parental Control’s Password?

DirecTV offers us one of the greatest inventions of modern TV, something that lets us actually relax while our kids watch TV. Parental Controls are something we all face as kids, and that we now, as parents are implementing in our own houses. The thing with parental controls is that you can be sure your kids aren’t watching anything they aren’t supposed to. Parental controls are supposed to block and protect your family members (especially children) from watching anything you consider inappropriate. However, if you often don’t watch TV, or don’t watch the restricted programs often, you probably end up forgetting what your PIN or password is. If this has happened to you, you are not alone, here are a couple of steps and things you can try to unlock it.

Master codes and direct PINs

First you have to turn your TV into the channel you are attempting to view so that the box requesting the PIN or password will appear. You’ll see the parental control’s warning and you can now try to unlock it. There is no such thing as a master code, but you can always try with the PIN’s DirecTV has set as default, you are likely to unlock it like that. The default PINs DirecTV uses are 0000, 1234, and 1111. These combinations are actually very likely to unlock the controls, either because you didn’t pay attention to the password they told you, never changed it, or it was at some point reset from the company and you never found out.

If this doesn’t work…Account number trick

You are going to have to take some other steps to get your password back. First look for any billing statements you have of the last few months, you have to look for your account number in there. You can also log into the DirecTV’s website and access with your DirecTV username and password to get your account number.

Now that you have your account number, here is another thing that might work. Go to the TV and the channel that is imposing the parental controls. Then get the PIN box and enter the last four digits that are in your account number, then press the enter button in order to try to unlock the channel. This might either unlock the channel or it can allow access and sidestepping of your previously set password. Now you can watch your restricted channel, you are welcome.

If this doesn’t work…check the manual

Your DirecTV manual might actually contain the answer to all your prayers. Each model and receiver has a specific configuration, and often they also have different default PIN codes with them. It depends on the make and the ones provided above are usually the ones that the receivers will use. However, you might find a different number, some manuals even have a section on what to do if you forget your Parental Control password.

If this doesn’t work… Reset

Well, you can always go ahead and try to reset it. By resetting the memory cache everything scheduled should go away, this includes parental controls. Here is how to do it.

First, you have to press the "Menu" button on your DirecTV remote control, this will take you to the menu interface. Then, you’ll see a list of setup options, you have to scroll down through them using your down-arrow key until you find the option that reads “Reset”. Click on it. After pressing the option, go to the subheading that reads “Reset Defaults”, this was you can get rid of all the preferences you have set on the device, meaning they aren’t factory made. These includes scheduled programming, guide settings, favorites, and of course, parental controls.

So, if you don’t mind all of that options you have crafted getting lost. Then resetting is a good option for you to unlock the parental controls fast.

If this doesn’t work (or you didn’t feel like resetting your TV)…call DirecTV

Well, first I’m sorry if you did a reset on your TV and it didn’t work, this isn’t an exact science. But now, let’s get to the obvious answer that should’ve occurred to all of us before we did all of the above. Get help.

Yes, we all hate making phone calls, but sometimes here is nothing else you can do. You’ll probably miss the program you want to watch but this is an issue you need solved. The DirecTV direct communication number is 800-531-5000. Grab all your account information before calling because you’ll probably be asked to identify yourself with it before anyone gets to help you with the issue. Once you are connected with a call center helper, and you have verified your identity, then your parental controls will either go through a reset and you’ll have to set them up again, or they’ll tell you the PIN so you can enter it. Another thing that might happen is that they’ll ask you to provide a new password, which they’ll change and you can therefore continue to enter it and unlock parental controls.

How not to forget your password

Write the password down. Obviously write in on some kind of code and don’t write in under the legend “Parental control password”, since your kids could find it and you probably don’t want that. But, do make sure you wrote it somewhere and remember where you did so.

Parental controls are great, and you can use them to be at ease with what your kids are watching on TV, just avoid yourself some trouble by making sure you remember them, use a pin you commonly use, or maybe your bank account PIN so you make sure you don’t forget it.
DirecTV offers us one of the greatest inventions of modern TV, something that lets us actually relax while our kids watch TV. Parental Controls are something we all face as kids, and that we now, as parents are implementing in our own houses. The thing with parental controls is that you can be sure your kids aren’t watching anything they aren’t supposed to. Parental controls are supposed to block and protect your family members (especially children) from watching anything you consider inappropriate. However, if you often don’t watch TV, or don’t watch the restricted programs often, you probably end up forgetting what your PIN or password is. If this has happened to you, you are not alone, here are a couple of steps and things you can try to unlock it.

Master codes and direct PINs

First you have to turn your TV into the channel you are attempting to view so that the box requesting the PIN or password will appear. You’ll see the parental control’s warning and you can now try to unlock it. There is no such thing as a master code, but you can always try with the PIN’s DirecTV has set as default, you are likely to unlock it like that. The default PINs DirecTV uses are 0000, 1234, and 1111. These combinations are actually very likely to unlock the controls, either because you didn’t pay attention to the password they told you, never changed it, or it was at some point reset from the company and you never found out.

If this doesn’t work…Account number trick

You are going to have to take some other steps to get your password back. First look for any billing statements you have of the last few months, you have to look for your account number in there. You can also log into the DirecTV’s website and access with your DirecTV username and password to get your account number.

Now that you have your account number, here is another thing that might work. Go to the TV and the channel that is imposing the parental controls. Then get the PIN box and enter the last four digits that are in your account number, then press the enter button in order to try to unlock the channel. This might either unlock the channel or it can allow access and sidestepping of your previously set password. Now you can watch your restricted channel, you are welcome.

If this doesn’t work…check the manual

Your DirecTV manual might actually contain the answer to all your prayers. Each model and receiver has a specific configuration, and often they also have different default PIN codes with them. It depends on the make and the ones provided above are usually the ones that the receivers will use. However, you might find a different number, some manuals even have a section on what to do if you forget your Parental Control password.

If this doesn’t work… Reset

Well, you can always go ahead and try to reset it. By resetting the memory cache everything scheduled should go away, this includes parental controls. Here is how to do it.

First, you have to press the "Menu" button on your DirecTV remote control, this will take you to the menu interface. Then, you’ll see a list of setup options, you have to scroll down through them using your down-arrow key until you find the option that reads “Reset”. Click on it. After pressing the option, go to the subheading that reads “Reset Defaults”, this was you can get rid of all the preferences you have set on the device, meaning they aren’t factory made. These includes scheduled programming, guide settings, favorites, and of course, parental controls.

So, if you don’t mind all of that options you have crafted getting lost. Then resetting is a good option for you to unlock the parental controls fast.

If this doesn’t work (or you didn’t feel like resetting your TV)…call DirecTV

Well, first I’m sorry if you did a reset on your TV and it didn’t work, this isn’t an exact science. But now, let’s get to the obvious answer that should’ve occurred to all of us before we did all of the above. Get help.

Yes, we all hate making phone calls, but sometimes here is nothing else you can do. You’ll probably miss the program you want to watch but this is an issue you need solved. The DirecTV direct communication number is 800-531-5000. Grab all your account information before calling because you’ll probably be asked to identify yourself with it before anyone gets to help you with the issue. Once you are connected with a call center helper, and you have verified your identity, then your parental controls will either go through a reset and you’ll have to set them up again, or they’ll tell you the PIN so you can enter it. Another thing that might happen is that they’ll ask you to provide a new password, which they’ll change and you can therefore continue to enter it and unlock parental controls.

How not to forget your password

Write the password down. Obviously write in on some kind of code and don’t write in under the legend “Parental control password”, since your kids could find it and you probably don’t want that. But, do make sure you wrote it somewhere and remember where you did so.

Parental controls are great, and you can use them to be at ease with what your kids are watching on TV, just avoid yourself some trouble by making sure you remember them, use a pin you commonly use, or maybe your bank account PIN so you make sure you don’t forget it.

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