Turn off simple Passcode on your iPhone for better security – iPhone 101 series

If you think think it’s a little too easy for someone to guess four digit numeric password, you might want to consider disabling “simple passcode”. Disabling simple passcode means you can use a full keyboard to create a password of your choice. If you have iOS4 running on your iPhone then it is easy to do this.


1. You need to open the settings app on your iPhone, under the General heading select “Password Lock”, if this is currently enabled you will be prompted for your current password, enter it.

2. You will now see the “Simple Passcode” which is turned on by default, if you switch this to off, you will be prompted for a full keyboard password, you will need to confirm your old password first if you had one.

3. Select your password, and confirm it. You are now using the more secure password of your choice. You can also change the “require password” time for a length of time that meets your needs. There is more on using passcodes in this post.

iPhone 101 is a series of blog posts by iPadiPhoneBlog.com that makes no assumptions. If you are new to smart phones, iPhones or mobile phones, you will find this guide straight forward to use.

John Ryan

7 Responses

  1. Perhaps would be better to be able to set a time where the requirement shifts from simple to more secure password, eg. simple password for 15 minutes, after that requires secure password. What a hassle typing in more than the 4 digit code every time.

  2. Man…I thought this tip is pretty cool. I really had no idea thanks again. Although this could become a hassle if you like to use long passwords.

  3. Does anyone know if there is also an option (or app) where a password can be set to prevent the iphone from switching off by power button or slider. So that first a password is asked before you can switch off. This could be very handy if tour iphone is stolen, and have “Find my iPhone” installed. Thanks, Jos

    • I doubt that there is such an app on the appstore, if you are jailbroken there may be something like that…

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