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iOS 9 Has Six-Digit Passcodes, But You Can Toggle It Off

Ben Stegner 09-11-2015

iOS 9 is filled with new small features 10 Hidden iOS 9 Features You Might Not Have Noticed From saving your battery life to guarding your privacy, here are 10 iOS 9 additions that definitely deserve their 15 minutes of fame. Read More , but one of the biggest changes Apple forced on users is a six-digit passcode to unlock the device instead of the classic four. Users with an iPhone 5s or above probably won’t care much thanks to Touch ID, but if you’re really averse to the longer codes, you can reset yours to four.


Head to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and enter your current passcode to confirm your identity. Choose the Change Passcode option. After entering your current passcode once more, you’ll be prompted to enter a new code.

Choose Passcode Options instead and you’ll see an action menu allowing you to pick a 4-Digit Numeric Code.

Of course, just because you can choose this option doesn’t mean you should. Apple explained that this change increases the possible number of password combinations from 10,000 to 1,000,000. Obviously, a six-digit code is much more secure.

Also, if you’re using a modern device, Touch ID means you pretty much never have to enter your passcode except when Touch ID is acting up Touch ID Woes: Troubleshooting The iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner There's no doubting that Apple's iPhone 5S introduces one of the best implementations of fingerprint scanning, but it's not been plain sailing for everyone. Read More . It’s the classic trade-off of security vs. convenience, and you’ll have to decide which you value more.

It’s also important to note that if you’re using a device without Touch ID that supports iOS 9 (such as the latest iPod Touch or an older iPad), Apple doesn’t require you to use a six-digit code. If you’d prefer the security that six digits bring, you can use the same method above to switch it on.


Interested in more? Check out our roundup of what’s new in iOS 9 What's New in iOS 9? Want to know what features your iPhone will be getting with the release of iOS 9 in September? Curious as to whether your device will be compatible? You're in the right place. Read More .

Do you prefer a six-digit or four-digit code? Tell us why in the comments below!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I was able to change mine to 6 by switching to "Custom Numeric Code", it just didn't explicitly state 6-digit. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Anonymous
    November 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Perhaps 4-digit is an option in the menu when starting from passcode off. In my 9.1, with fingerprints and a 4-digit passcode, the only option is to toggle between custom alphanumeric and custom numeric. I agree though, the more secure the better. Especially with the plethora of information most people have stored on their phones these days.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Hmm, I'm not sure. My iPod Touch had the option to switch to 6 digits instead of 4; I'm not sure why you didn't see the option.

      Six digits also means there's less of a chance someone could look over your shoulder and memorize your code!