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iOS 9 is filled with new small features, 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. 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.
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