Secure your iPhone or iPad Easily with a 4 Digit Passcode


Want to use a shorter 4-digit passcode on your iPhone or iPad again? You can, though it’s important to remember that shorter passcodes are less secure. Let’s find out how to secure your iPhone or iPad easily with a 4-digit Passcode.

If you’re an old iPhone or iPad user, you probably remember the days when you could use four-digit passcodes. Although Apple now defaults users to six-digit passcodes, you can still switch to a four-digit passcode.

As you might be aware, the default passcode required to unlock iPhones and iPads used to be a four-digit numeric code. However, with the addition of Touch ID and Face ID-enabled devices that make unlocking faster and more convenient, Apple has moved to a more secure six-digit passcode.

You Still Can Use Four-digit Passcodes

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This doesn’t mean you cannot use four-digit passcodes anymore since it’s still available as an option in settings. So if you’re having a tough time remembering the six-digit passcodes, want to use a simple passcode for a kid’s device, or find it more cumbersome to use a lengthy passcode. You understand the relative security and privacy risks of using simpler passcodes. You can use this option and switch back to a four-digit passcode on your iPhone and iPad.

Often, we forget our iPhones or iPads at grocery stores, the park, the bank, or any other such place. If left unattended, our phones get lost, stolen, or picked up, which worries us as all our data is exposed and can be misused.

By enabling a simple, easy-to-enter 4-digit lock screen passcode, you make it difficult for someone to access your data and much harder for them to do anything.

Steps to follow to enable 4-digit passcode

With the following simple methods, you can enable a passcode on your iPhone or iPad lock screen

  • First, Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  • Then Tap Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode).
  • Then Tap Turn Passcode On.
  • Now, you enter 4 digits to use as your passcode.
  • You’ll see the standard alphanumeric keyboard during your initial passcode creation and confirmation, but don’t worry—if you stick with numbers, you’ll get the numeric keyboard later.
  • Re-enter the same 4 digits to confirm your passcode.
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You can require passcode entry immediately for maximum security or after up to an hour for increased convenience.

10 incorrect passcode can delete data

You can also choose to have 10 incorrect passcode entries trigger a data wipe. That means anyone who gets your iPhone or iPad and tries to force their way through your passcode by entering different numbers repeatedly will be limited to 10 tries.

If you enter a longer passcode made only of numbers, the lock screen will display the handy numeric keyboard rather than the alphanumeric keyboard. Yes, potential phone thieves will know that you’ve got a numbers-only passcode, but they don’t know how long it is, and you can considerably beef up your phone’s security.

How to Change your passcode/settings

On iPhone X and later versions or iPad with Face ID, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode.

If you have an earlier iPhone model, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode.

You’ll find several settings and options:

  • Turn Passcode Off: Hit this button to turn off your passcode.
  • Change Passcode: You can add a new six-digit passcode. You can also tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  • Require Passcode: When locking your screen, this setting defaults to asking you to enter your passcode to unlock. If you don’t want an immediate passcode, change this setting. (For your own security, if you use Touch ID or Apple Pay, you can’t change the immediate passcode setting.)
  • Allow Access When Locked: Use this option to access some features when your device is locked. It might include Today ViewNotification Center, Control Center on iPhone and iPod touch or iPadSiriWallet, Return Missed Calls,  and USB accessories
  • Delete Data: You can choose whether to erase your device automatically after ten failed passcode attempts. If you don’t enable this option, your device must be restored to a computer after ten failed attempts.

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Kamal Kaur