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 do that, though it’s important to remember that shorter passcodes are not as 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 old days when you were able to use four-digit passcodes. Although Apple defaults users to six-digit passcodes now, you can still switch to a four-digit passcode if you prefer.

As you might be aware, the default passcode required to unlock iPhones and iPad 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 just find it more cumbersome to use a lengthy passcode, and you understand the relative security and privacy risks of using simpler passcodes, you can use this as an option and switch back to a four-digit passcode on your iPhone and iPad.

Often we forget our iPhones or iPads at grocery stores, at the park, bank or any other such place. If left unattended our phone gets lost, stolen or picked up and it then becomes a worry for us as all our personal data is exposed and can be misused.

By enabling a simple, easy-to-enter 4-digit lock screen passcode, you not only make it difficult for someone to get at your data, but you also make it 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 choose to 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 over and over again, 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 are having 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. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  • Require Passcode: On locking your screen, the default for this setting will ask 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 get access to 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 will have to be restored to a computer after ten failed attempts.

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Kamal Kaur