How to change a passcode on an iOS device

Yesterday we looked at how to create and use a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But what if you decide you don’t like the passcode you implemented and want to change it? No problem. It’s easy.

To change your passcode or passcode settings, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode. You'll find several settings and options:

  • Turn Passcode Off.
  • Change your passcode. Enter a new, six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  • Require Passcode—Immediately: By default, as soon as you lock your screen, you'll need to enter your passcode to unlock it. If you don't want to need your passcode immediately, change this setting.
  • Allow Access When Locked: Allow access to some features when your device is locked, including Notifications View, Siri, and Control Center.
  • Erase Data: Choose whether to erase your device automatically after 10 failed passcode attempts.