How to Use Letters for Your Passcode on the iPhone 5

The default iPhone passcode settings require you to use a four digit number every time you want to unlock your device. This adds a level of security to prevent unwanted individuals from using your phone, yet is easy enough to enter that it is not inconvenient.

But if you are worried that it might be too easy for someone to access your phone, or if you simply want to be able to use a passcode with letters instead, then you can change your Passcode settings to do that instead. Our guide below will show you how to replace an existing numerical passcode with one that uses letters instead.


How to Set the iPhone Passcode to Letters

The steps below were performed on an iPhone using the iOS 7.1 operating system. If you do not see the Passcode option in Step 2, then you might be using a different version of iOS. If so, you can find the Passcode Lock menu under Settings > General instead.


Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the iPhone's Settigns menu



Step 2: Touch the Passcode option.

open the Passcode menu



Step 3: Enter your current passcode.

enter your old numerical passcode



Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Simple Passcode.

touch the Simple Passcode button



Step 5: Enter your current passcode again.


Step 6: Enter your new passcode, then touch Next at the top-right of the screen.

enter your new passcode with letters



Step 7: Re-enter the new passcode, then touch Done at the top-right of the screen.



You might find that using this passcode option can be somewhat inconvenient. If you find that you do not like it, you can always return to the Passcode menu, turn the Simple Passcode option back on, then select a new passcode that only requires you to enter numbers again.

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