Your iPhone probably contains a lot of information that you would like to keep private. Whether it is your banking information, passwords for websites, or other types of personal information, you probably don’t want it to accessible by anyone that can pick up your iPhone. This is one of the main reasons why it is a good idea to use a passcode for your iPhone.
While it may be a little inconvenient to enter that passcode ever time you want to use your iPhone, the additional level of security can be good for your peace of mind. Plus it will become almost second nature once you have been doing it for a while.
Require a Passcode to Unlock an iPhone
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 9. These steps assume that there is not currently a passcode set for the device. Once you have completed these steps, you will need to enter your passcode whenever you want to use your iPhone.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Passcode option. If you have an iPhone 5S, then you will be selecting the Touch ID & Passcode option instead.
Step 3: Select the Turn Passcode On option at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Create a new passcode. Note that you can tap the Passcode options button if you would like to use a different type of passcode.The options include Custom Alphanumeric Code, Custom Numeric Code, and 6-Digit Numeric Code.
Step 5: Re-enter the passcode that you just created.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.