How to Set a Password on iPhone & iPad

LockPasscodes for the iPhone and iPad are a parent’s best friend. With information access restricted by a password, you’ll have the final say of when kids can have iPhone time, and just what they can do.  No more sneaking Mom’s phone for a little Angry Birds before homework! Below we show you how to set a password for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

How to Set a Passcode:

1. From the home screen of your iOS device, touch the “Settings” icon.

2. Touch the “General” tab within “Settings”

3. Touch “Passcode Lock” on the right hand side of the screen, about halfway down the screen. If you don’t see if right off, keep scanning your options. It’s in there!

4. At this point, the iPad or iPhone will prompt you to enter a 4-digit password on a calculator-like screen. Enter the code you’d like and confirm the code on the second screen. Parents, listen up: 1-2-3-4 is a password that most children will try. So is your address and the last four digits of your telephone number. Get creative! But not too creative. You have to remember the passcode. And if you don’t, you’ll have to re-set your device entirely to re-access it. The moral of the story? Choose a passcode that you’ll remember, and your children will forget.

5. After the passcode has been entered twice, you’ll see several tabs for setting the passcode “sensitivity,” if you will.

  •  “Require Passcode” lets you decide if the passcode is required as soon as the device is turned on, or only to access certain areas. If you’re trying to limit your child’s access to the iPad without your supervision or permission, “Immediately” will be your setting of choice.
  • “Change Passcode” allows you to change the code in case your little angels ever figure it out, or you simply fall in love with a new number.
  • “Turn Passcode Off” at the top of the screen turns off the passcode requirements and makes the device accessible without an Open Sesame.
  • “Erase Data” is a tricky feature on the iPad that will erase all of the stored data on the iPad when 10 unsuccessful passcode log-ins are made in a row. While I assume this feature is to deter thieves from gaining access to your info, I worry that teenagers trying to gain access to Angry Birds will definitely try 10 passcodes when Mom’s not home. Use this feature with care!

Remember, setting your iPhone or iPad passcode takes just a minute and will help you maintain the accessibility of portable technology in your home. Besides, if ever “because I said so!” isn’t working on the kids, just tell them  you forgot the passcode!