How to Switch to (or Away from) a 6-Digit Security Code

How to Switch to (or Away from) a 6-Digit Security Code

With iOS 9, Apple introduced default six-digit passcodes on new devices for higher security. Previously, the default was a four-digit passcode—although users could still choose to use a longer passcode. It may seem like a small change, but the additional two digits changes the possible combinations from 10,000 to a million. Whether you prefer to stick with a four-digit passcode on your new iPhone or want to make your older iPhone more secure, here’s how to switch.

Open Settings. Select Touch ID & Passcode.


Enter current Passcode. Select Change Passcode.


Enter current Passcode again. It will prompt you to Change Passcode; tap Passcode Options.


Tap 6-Digit Numeric Code. Enter your new Passcode twice and it’s reset.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.