Passwords provide a way to keep information private or, in the case of parents, keep kids out of technology when they’re unsupervised. Both the iPad and iPhone can be locked with a passcode that requires entry before the device will function. This means that as a parent you control when children have access to the family iPad; even if they did sneak it into their room in hopes of a bedtime Agnry Birds session. Much like the passcode that can be set to enable Restrictions and parental controls on the iPad, this code is a key to maintaining control of the technology of your home.
How to Set a Passcode:
1. From the home screen of your iPad or iPhone, 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 passcode 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 passcode 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!