How to Change the Password on an iPhone

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

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Want a little more iPhone security than your current, four-digit password offers? It may seem like a small change, but the additional two numbers increase the possible combinations from 10,000 to a million. Or, how about the reverse? Apple has default six-digit passcodes on newer iPads and iPhones for better iPhone security, but not everyone wants to enter a longer iPhone passcode. We've gone over how to change your iPhone passcode to an alphanumeric code. Now, here’s how to change the password on your iPhone or iPad to a six-digit password or back to a four-digit passcode.

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How to Change the Password on an iPad or iPhone to a 6-Digit Passcode

As mentioned above, newer iPhones and iPads automatically have a six-digit passcode. If you'd like to change the six-digit passcode to a four-digit passcode on your newer phone or tablet, you can use the steps below to do so, but tap Passcode Options, then Four-Digit Passcode, then enter your shorter passcode.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode on newer devices)

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  3. Select Change Passcode.
  4. Enter your current passcode.

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  5. Enter your new, six-digit iPad or iPhone passcode.
  6. Enter your new Passcode once more to finish the process.

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