The steps in this guide are going to show you how to turn off your iPhone passcode. Note that this is the passcode that you can manually enter on the device, not your Face ID or your Touch ID. It is also not the Restrictions or Screen Time passcode.
We cover the steps briefly at the top of this article, then we continue below with additional information, as well as pictures for each of the steps.
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and choose Face ID & Passcode.
- Enter the current device passcode.
- Scroll down and touch the Turn Passcode Offbutton.
- Tap the Turn Off button to confirm that you wish to turn off your iPhone passcode.
- Enter your Apple ID to disable the passcode.
Newer iPhones have Touch ID and Face ID options that make it easier for you to sign into your device. However, you probably also have a passcode lock that requires you to enter a passcode with a few characters if your Touch ID or Face ID aren’t working, or after you restart the device.
While this additional passcode can be helpful in keeping the information on your iPhone safe, you may find it to be inconvenient enough that you are willing to forego that additional security. Our tutorial below is going to show you how to turn off the current passcode on your iPhone and remove that additional security protocol from the device.
How to Turn Off Passcode on an iOS Device Such as an iPhone or iPad
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.3. Note that these steps will also work on other iPhone models that have Face ID, such as the iPhone X, but will vary slightly on devices that do not. You will need to select the Touch ID & Passcode option instead of Face ID & Passcode in step 2 below if your iPhone (such as an iPhone 6) has a Home button with a fingerprint sensor.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Face ID & Passcode option.
Step 3: Type your current alphanumeric, 4-digit, or 6 digit passcode.
Step 4: Touch the Turn Passcode Off button.
Step 5: Tap Turn Off to confirm that you understand your Apple Pay cards will be removed.
Step 5: Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off again to remove the device passcode.
Your iPhone likely contains a lot of important personal information, so it’s generally not a good idea to remove security options unless oyu are absolutely certain that you wish to do so.
You can always choose to re-enable your passcode later by returning to the Face ID & Passcode menu and selecting the Turn Passcode On option instead.
This menu contains a lot of other helpful settings that let you control what you are and aren’t able to do with Touch ID or Face ID. For example, there’s an unlock iPhone option at the top of the screen , as well as Password Autofill and Apple Pay options that can make it much easier to perform those actions with just your face or fingerprint.
How to Change Your iPhone Passcode
The steps above will show you how to turn off your iPhone passcode, but what if you want to change it instead?
Fortunately that can be accomplished from the same menu.
Simply to to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Change Passcode then enter the old passcode, create the new one and confirm it.
How Do I Make My iPhone Delete Data After Failed Passcode Attempts?
You can select a passcode from a handful of different formats, including one that is simply four digits long.
While the four digit passcode is a little easier to enter, it also means that someone with enough time could just keep entering different passcodes until they guessed it.
One way to handle this is by configuring your iPhone so that it erases automatically when the passcode is entered incorrectly 10 times.
Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > then scroll to the bottom of the menu and enable the Erase Data option.
This feature is a nice security addition to your setup, but can be problematic if you have a young child that might get a hold of your device.
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