What Kind of Passcode Can I Use on My iPhone 7 in iOS 11?

Your iPhone gives you several different options when it comes to entering the passcode to unlock the device.

One that you might be using, the fingerprint ID, is something that is typically set up when you first get the device.

You may have also created a device passcode, which can be one of several different types of letter and number combinations.

The different kinds of passcodes that you can use on your iPhone include a custom alphanumeric code, a 6-digit numeric code, or a 4-digit numeric code.

Any of those options can be used in combination with the fingerprint ID. If you have a passcode and want to change it, or if you haven’t set up a passcode yet, then you can continue with the tutorial below.

How to Set a Passcode on an iPhone in iOS 11

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3.

There are several different types of passcodes that you can use on your iPhone, so the exact steps shown below can vary a little bit based on which option you choose.

If you want to add a fingerprint as an alternate means to unlock your iPhone, then read our guide on adding a fingerprint in iOS.

If you already have a fingerprint on your iPhone and actually would prefer to remove it as an option for unlocking your device, then read our guide to deleting an iPhone fingerprint.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the iphone settings menu

Step 2: Choose the Touch ID & Passcode option.

iphone touch id and passcode menu

Step 3: Enter the current device passcode, if you have one.

select different type passcode iphone

Step 4: Scroll down and tap the Change Passcode button.

iphone ios 11 change passcode

Step 5: Enter the old passcode again.

change passcode on iphone 7 in ios 11

Step 5: Tap the Passcode Options button to choose the type of password you wish to use.

ios 11 passcode type options

Step 6: Select the type of passcode that you want.

what kind passcode can use iphone 7

Step 7: Enter the new passcode.

Step 8: Re-enter the new passcode to confirm it.

Now that you know more about the different types of passcodes that you can use on your iPhone, you can choose an option that is either easier for you to enter, or is more secure than your current option.

Are you worried that someone with your iPhone might be able to guess your passcode if they stole it? Find out how to automatically erase your iPhone after the incorrect passcode is entered 10 times so that they can’t simply try hundreds of different guesses.

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