Currently, there are two methods of unlocking an iPhone. Touch ID and Face ID. However, the passcode is also still a valuable option. One way to use a passcode is to input your PIN or password in order to unlock your device. There are several reasons why people might change their passcode on iPhone. For example, if they suspect someone knows their password, or they want to make it more difficult for someone to access their photos, videos, and emails.
Changing the iPhone or iPad passcode can be done at any time on the device. You can choose between various options, from changing the length of your passcode to changing to numerical or other symbols. For maximum security, it is recommended that you use a password with at least one letter and one number. Passwords made up of both letters and numbers are harder to crack than passwords with numbers only.
How to Change Passcode on Your iPhone
You must enter a lock screen password when you first set up your iPhone. However, you can change it at a later date. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1. Open the Settings app.
Step 2. Select Touch ID & Passcode (or this might be called Passcode or Face ID & Passcode).
Step 3. Enter your current passcode.
Step 4. Swipe down and tap on Change Passcode.
Step 5. You’ll need to enter your passcode again.
Step 6. Enter your new passcode.
Step 7. Re-enter your new passcode to confirm.
As of this moment, the new passcode will be set and will become your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen code. This changed passcode is now what you should use to unlock the phone if Touch ID or FaceID fails for any reason.
How to Switch to a 4 Digit Passcode
The option for a 4 digit passcode on the iPhone is not as visible as it used to be. Apple recommends using a more complex passcode than just 4 digits because four-digit passcodes are easy to guess. Here’s how to change it.
Step 1. Launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Select Passcode on the Settings page.
Step 3. Enter your passcode to access the settings.
Step 4. Tap Change Passcode.
Step 5. Enter your current passcode to change it to something new.
Step 6. Tap Passcode Options.
Step 7. Choose 4-Digit Numeric Code.
Step 8. Enter a new passcode and confirm the new passcode.
Step 9. Your passcode for your phone has been shortened to 4 digits.
How to Switch to a Custom Alphanumeric Passcode
Step 1. Open the Settings app on your Home screen.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap Passcode.
Step 3. Enter your current passcode to continue.
Step 4. Tap on Change Passcode.
Step 5. Enter your existing passcode again.
Step 6. Select Passcode Options.
Step 7. Choose Custom Alphanumeric Code.
Step 8. Enter your new passcode and confirm the new passcode.
Step 9. Your passcode has been changed to a password with letters and numbers.
Why Should You Change Your Passcode?
You should change your phone passcode often to avoid having one that others can easily guess. Some people may feel like it’s not a big deal because they’ll just use the same password for the entire life of their phone. This is okay, but sometimes it’s better to make a new one.
The next time you get a new phone, it’s a good idea to change your passcode so that you don’t have to remember both. If you believe someone has seen your passcode and can access your device, you need to change it immediately.
There’s a trade-off with password security. A longer password is harder for other people to crack, but you might be tired of typing it in all the time. If you want the most secure phone, you’ll have to sacrifice some convenience. But if you want the highest level of security, an alphanumeric code will do a better job than just letters and numbers.
When You Must Enter Your Passcode?
For security purposes, the user must enter their passcode to access the device under certain conditions:
You turn on or restart your iPhone.
If you haven’t unlocked your iPhone for more than 48 hours, it will ask you to enter your passcode.
Your iPhone has received a remote lock command.
- There have been 5 unsuccessful attempts to unlock your iPhone with Face ID or Touch ID.
- Your iPhone has not been unlocked for 6.5 days and you have not unlocked it with facial recognition or fingerprint identification in the last 4 hours.
Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to change your passcode on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, here’s How to Change Your Apple ID Password to protect your account from unauthorized access and prevent it from being used by anyone else. As a bonus, here’s How to Change the App Icons on Your iPhone to match your mood or personality.