In today’s digital age, keeping your iPhone secure is crucial. While using Face ID is fast, secure, and convenient, it’s not enough. So you should set a good alphanumeric password instead of a traditional 4 digit passcode so that hackers can’t crack it easily. So, in this article, I will give you a step-by-step guide on how to set an alphanumeric passcode on your iPhone or iPad.

Why should you use an alphanumeric passcode for iPhone?

An alphanumeric passcode consists of letters, numbers, and symbols, which makes it more difficult to guess. With the advent of sophisticated hacking methods, it is important to have a stronger and more complex password for an extra layer of security.

Anyone who knows your password can unlock your iPhone after a reboot, access your passwords via iCloud Keychains, approve Apple Pay transactions, and more. In this way, the alphanumeric password prevents unauthorized users from accessing your iPhone and protects your iPhone data.

Now you know what is an alphanumeric passcode on iPhone, let’s learn how to change iPhone passcode to alphanumeric.

How to set your own alphanumeric passcode on iPhone or Pad

  1. Open the Settings app → tap on Face ID & passcode.
  2. Enter your current password.
  3. Scroll down and select Change password.
    If you do not have a password, click Enable password.


  4. Re-enter your current password.
    Then on the next screen, do not enter the new password.
  5. Above the keyboard, tap Passcode options.
  6. Select a custom alphanumeric code.
    To set your password to 6 or more digits, tap The user’s digital code.

    Choose a custom alphanumeric code on iPhone

  7. Set a highly secure alphanumeric password containing letters, numbers and symbols.
  8. Click {Next.
  9. Enter a new alphanumeric password to confirm → tap Finish.

    Set up a super secure alphanumeric passcode on iPhone

That’s it! It will take a few seconds for your iPhone to save and activate the new passcode. It may appear that he is not responding during this short time, but he is not. Just wait a bit and everything will be back to normal.

Don’t compromise your safety!

Setting a custom alphanumeric passcode is the best and most effective way to secure your iPhone. Choose a unique and memorable combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and avoid using generic or easy-to-guess passcodes. If you ever forget it, you can refer to our iPhone passcode reset guide.

What is your preferred password to lock your iPhone? Let me know in the comments below.

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