How to Use Words as a Passlock on an iPhone

by Randall Blackburn
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Configuring a pass code on your iPhone helps to protect your personal information, accounts and files. Secure your iPhone with a simple pass code or with an alphanumeric password. The simple pass code consists of a four-digit number while the alphanumeric password can be a string of up to 37 characters. Passwords that contain both words and numbers are stronger and more secure than a single word or a simple pass code. You can further secure your data by configuring your device to automatically wipe after 10 unsuccessful login attempts.

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen to launch the Settings app.

Step 2

Tap the “General” option, and then the “Passcode Lock” tab. The Passcode prompt displays if you have a password set on the device. Enter the pass code to open the Password Lock settings screen.

Step 3

Slide the “Simple Passcode” slider to the “Off” position. The Change Passcode screen displays.

Step 4

Type your new alphanumeric password, and then tap “Next.” The confirmation screen displays.

Retype your new password, and then tap “Done.” The new alphanumeric password is set on the iPhone.


  • Information provided in this article applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0 and above. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other models of the iPhone or versions of the operating system.


  • Toggle the “Erase Data” switch in the Passcode Lock screen to “On” to wipe the device after 10 unsuccessful password attempts.


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About the Author

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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