How Can I Create a More Secure iPhone Password?

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Hey Sarah,

Can I use more than four digits as a password on my iPhone?

Sincerely,

Insecure

Dear Insecure,

The default password option on iPhone has been six digits since iOS 9. If you are using a four-digit password and would like to have a longer, more secure numeric password or to create a custom alphanumeric password instead, you can do so in the Touch ID & Passcode Settings. 

Open the Settings App and scroll down to tap on Touch ID & Passcode. 

Enter your current passcode.

Next, tap on Change Passcode.

Enter your current passcode again.

Now, you can either enter a new six-digit numeric passcode by typing it in on the keypad. Or you can tap Passcode Options about the keyboard and select Custom Alphanumeric Code, Custom Numeric Code, or 4-Digit Numeric Code. 

Enter your new passcode twice to complete the change.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! Since 2013 she has co-hosted the iPhone Life Podcast, written an iPhone advice column and countless gear reviews and feature articles for iPhone Life magazine, and provided one-on-one iPhone-related assistance for our premium subscribers. In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs, painting, baking bread, and catching Pokémon. Sarah holds a BA in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato.