by Dom Esposito
September 2, 2012
Whether you’re new to iOS, or just want to pick up some useful tips and tricks, we're here to help. This is iOS Advice. Setting a Passcode Lock on your device can help protect your personal information. Using a four digit passcode is great, but what if you’re looking for something more secure? There’s actually an option to setup something that may be a little trickier to guess. To setup an alphanumeric passcode for your device, watch the video or follow the steps below: Step 1: Go into the Settings app on your device and tap on General. Step 2: Next, scroll down to Passcode Lock and tap on it. Step 3: Halfway down on the screen, turn off “Simple Passcode.” Note: If you already have a passcode set, you’ll be prompted to enter it. Then you’ll be able to set a new secure passcode. Step 4: Tap on “Turn Passcode On,” then create an alphanumeric passcode. When you’re happy with what you’ve entered, press “Next” in the top right corner. After you’ve re-entered your passcode, finish the process by tapping “Done.” Next time your device is unlocked, you’ll be given a full keyboard to enter the new secure passcode you’ve created. Now that you’ve learned how to create an alphanumeric passcode to protect your privacy, if there’s something else you’d like to see on iOS Advice, please let us know. Send us an email with your question or comment and we might feature your suggestion in a future article. If you need a little more advice, check out our other helpful tutorials.