Your iPhone stores an endless amount of secure information.
Whether you have your credit card numbers saved, banking information stored, or even the login credentials to your work email automated, it’s vital that these details are safe and secure at all times.
There are many ways you can go about ensuring these details don’t fall into the wrong hands. Sure, there are the fancy ways to secure your phone, like Face ID and Touch ID. It’s equally important, however, to have an iPhone passcode that no one knows but you, and that no one can guess. And, while you may use a password manager for programs on your work computer, your iPhone passcode has to be one that you actually remember.
If you’re guilty of sharing your passcode with others or picking a passcode that you no longer want to use, you may be unsure how to reset your iPhone passcode. It’s simple, and we breakdown how to do so below.
How to reset iPhone passcode:
Open iPhone Settings.
Enter in your current passcode.
Select Change Passcode from list.
Pick passcode type.
Enter in new passcode.
Reset iPhone Passcode
Ever since the very first version of the iPhone was launched, way back in June 2007, it required the entering of a four-digit passcode to be able to access the home screen. I’m old enough to remember when all you needed to do was slide open the Sidekick and you could respond to a text, no passcode required (those were the days).
Obviously, a lot less information lived on our phones back then. And with the introduction of each new must-have smartphone app, securing your iPhone became more and more important. Thus came Touch ID in September 2013, followed by Face ID in September 2017, which both took security up a notch.
Even with all of these new ways to unlock your iPhone, ensuring your passcode in uncrackable is still crucial. For instructions on how to reset your iPhone passcode, read on.
Open iPhone Settings
Like most things that have to with your iPhone, resetting your passcode starts with navigating to your Settings.
From there, scroll to Touch ID & Passcode. If you have an iPhone X, this will instead be Face ID & Passcode.
Before you’re able to reset your iPhone passcode, or do anything within this category, you must enter in your current passcode.
Change iPhone Passcode
The next screen is where you can make various changes to your iPhone’s security, including adding another fingerprint to Touch ID and choosing how often your passcode is required. Since you’ll be updating your iPhone passcode, choose Change Passcode from the list of options.
Before updating, enter in your current password one more time. Once you do, you’ll be able to reset your iPhone passcode to something new.
If you tap Passcode Options, you can choose the type of passcode you’d like to have. Select from the standard four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code that will be longer than four digits, or a custom alphanumeric code, which can include numbers, letters, and symbols.
Related: If remembering your passwords just isn't your thing, then it's time you checked out the easiest-to-use password manager software that will store and control your passwords for you.
Our iPhone has become such a part of our daily lives that we often take it, and everything that it stores, for granted.
Make sure that photos from your European adventure, your Venmo account, and the SlideDeck for your upcoming marketing presentation are all secure behind your fresh, and hard to crack, passcode.
Now that your iPhone has a brand new passcode, check out all of the features you may not know about:
Mara Calvello is a Content Marketing Manager at G2 with a focus on Design, Human Resources, and SaaS Management. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Elmhurst College. In addition to working at G2, Mara is a freelance writer for a handful of small- and medium-sized tech companies. In her spare time, Mara is either at the gym, exploring the great outdoors with her rescue dog Zeke, enjoying Italian food, or right in the middle of a Harry Potter binge.