How to Set an Alphanumeric Passcode on iPhone

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Touch ID and Face ID are great iPhone security features, but if you want the best protection for your device, you need an iPhone passcode. Apple's default six-digit numeric passcode is already pretty hard to crack, but you can change your iPhone passcode to one that's even more secure. You can change the passcode on your iPhone to an alphanumeric code that's six digits or longer. That combination of letters, numbers, and length will bring your iPhone security to the next level. In addition to setting up Face ID or Touch ID, your passcode helps keep your iPhone safe from prying eyes. If you're looking for the best security code possible, an alphanumeric code is your best bet. Let's get started learning how to set a new passcode on your iPhone now. 

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How to Create a Custom Alphanumeric Passcode for iPhone

If you're interested in more security features, you can also learn how to set up Face ID for apps. To learn more about iPhone security, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Open the Settings app.
  2. Enter your current passcode.

    Enter your current passcode.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Face ID & Passcode if you have an iPhone X or later; tap Touch ID & Passcode for earlier iPhones.

    Scroll down and tap on Face ID & Passcode
  4. Enter your old passcode.

    Enter your old passcode.
  5. Scroll down and tap on Change Passcode.

    Scroll down and tap on Change Passcode.
  6. You'll be once again prompted to enter your current passcode.

    Enter your old passcode.
  7. Select Passcode Options below that.

    Select Passcode Options below that.
  8. Tap on Custom Alphanumeric Code.

    Tap on Custom Alphanumeric Code.
  9. Now enter your new passcode using a combination of letters and numbers; you can use up to 34 characters. When you're finished, tap Next. You may need to enter it again to confirm the passcode change.

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You'll be asked to confirm your new passcode; and then it will be set! Make sure that your alphanumeric passcode is something you're able to remember. The longer the passcode, the more secure it is; but if you're going to have to enter it every time you access your iPhone without Face ID or Touch ID, you might not want to go beyond 8 to 10 characters. For more tips on setting up an iPhone passcode, read this.

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Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.