How to change the default six-digit iPhone password (tutorial)

The introduction of Touch ID has been my one of my favorite feature as a longtime iPhone user. Not having to type in a password every time you want to use your phone is a luxury that I cannot afford to live without. Being able to login to my Wells Fargo account with the simple tap of my finger is simply too convenient. However, the few times Touch ID fails to work, you’ll be forced to type in a default six-digit password. Because Touch ID fails so infrequently, I tend to forget a password that is six-digits long. The default password used to be only four-digits before it was changed to six-digits in efforts to increase security. Unbeknownst to my peers, you can actually revert back to a four digit password or beef up security even more using a custom alphanumeric code. Here’s how.

Change iPhone password options

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap Touch ID & Passcode
  3. Enter your passcode (Default is a six-digit numeric code)
  4. Scroll down and tap Change Passcode
  5. Enter your current passcode again
  6. Select Passcode Options underneath the six-digit default passcode
  7. Select between custom alphanumeric code, custom numeric code, or 4-digit numeric code
  8. Retype to confirm new password

People who want peace of mind can choose a long alphanumeric code, which will significantly boost security. If you’re like me and want to go for the most convenience, the 4-digit numeric code is the way to go. Everyone should definitely be using Touch ID as your primary login. Nonetheless, it’s good to know there are customizable options during the rare times that Touch ID doesn’t work.

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