How to Reset Your iPhone Passcode (+Remain Un-hackable)

Mara Calvello
Mara Calvello  |  January 21, 2019

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.  

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.

Touch ID & Passcode in iPhone Settings

Enter Passcode

Before you’re able to reset your iPhone passcode, or do anything within this category, you must enter in your current passcode.

Enter Passcode on iPhone

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.

Choose Change on iPhone

Passcode 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.

iPhone Passcode Type Options

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.

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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
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Mara Calvello

Mara is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2 Crowd. In her spare time, she's typically at the gym polishing off a run, reading a book from her overcrowded bookshelf, or right in the middle of a Netflix binge. Obsessions include the Chicago Cubs, Harry Potter, and all of the Italian food imaginable.