How to Use a Longer Password on the iPhone 5 in iOS 7

A passcode to unlock your iPhone can at first seem like a nuisance, but it is something that you will be glad you have set if your device is ever stolen.

We have written about some of the other reasons why you should use a passcode on your iPhone, but you might be wondering about the strength of the default 4-digit option.

A 4-digit numerical passcode has 10,000 possible combinations. This is not nearly as secure as the passwords that you are using for services like your email or bank accounts, but it provides a roadblock for someone that wants to break into your phone.

If you are worried that the 4-digit numerical passcode is insecure, read below to learn how to set a longer passcode on your iPhone 5.

Stronger iPhone 5 Passcode in iOS 7

This tutorial was written using an iPhone 5 that is running iOS 7.1. Other devices running iOS 7 will be nearly identical, but older versions of the software will look different. You can learn how to update to iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 here.

The steps below assume that you already have a 4-digit passcode on your iPhone. If you do not, you can read this article to learn how to set one.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

touch the settings icon

Step 2: Scroll down and touch the Passcode option. If you do not have a Passcode option, then you will need to select General, then Passcode. An iOS 7.1.x update moved the location of the Passcode menu, so it might still be on the General menu if you haven’t installed the update yet.

open the passcode menu

Step 3: Enter your current passcode.

enter the current passcode

Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Simple Passcode to turn it off. There will not be any green shading around the button when it is turned off, as in the image below.

how to set a longer passcode in ios 7 on the iphone 5

Step 5: Enter your old passcode. If you are not immediately prompted for your old passcode after turning off the Simple Passcode option, then turn it on and back off again.

enter the old passcode

Step 6: Enter your new, longer passcode, then touch the Next button. Your new passcode can be a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.

enter your new passcode

Step 7: Re-enter the new passcode, then touch the Done button.

re-enter the new long passcode

Now that you know how to use a longer password on your iPhone 7, you can make it tougher for people to guess.

Learn how to block callers on your iPhone to prevent unwanted numbers from trying to contact you. This is a great way to stop annoying telemarketing calls.

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