Whether you think the children have got hold of your iPad password or you just want a change, passcode management is easy on the iPad. Changing the password is something you should do routinely as part of good security practices especially if you have information stored on your iPad that you wouldn’t want anyone to have access to. Apple has augmented security over the years, and many devices now feature touch ID. To add to security, some also offer different formats of passcode giving users lots of options to secure their device. We are going to look at changing the password if needed.
The Passcode Menu
Assuming you know the passcode for your device, you can follow these steps to change it:
- From the home screen, find and click on the settings icon
- Select General
- Depending on your iPad model you are now looking for the option that says passcode lock or touch ID and passcode. Click this option, and you will be taken to the next menu
Here you will find the following options (note we are ignoring touch ID options and just looking at the passcode)
- Turn passcode on/off toggle
- Change Passcode
- Require Passcode
As you might expect the first option enables you to choose whether you use a passcode at all. If you never take your iPad outside the home, you may want to turn it off. However, it is good practice if you just use the simple four-digit passcode, you have protected your data should anything happen to your device.
Changing the passcode
When you click on the change passcode option, you will be asked to input your existing passcode. Again what you see will vary depending on the device you have. In passcode options, you will be able to see what your iPad offers from 4 digits, 6 digits, custom numeric or custom alphanumeric passcodes, the newer the device, the more options you will have. Select the passcode type you want to use and choose the security code you wish to use. Your passcode has now updated. Naturally, each option makes it increasingly harder for someone to guess your passcode and we recommend that you avoid using birthdays as this is information people can come across. By making it alphanumeric, you have the best chance of preventing any hack attacks, but again you do not want to use children’s names, etc. Make the passwords obscure and do not write them down.
The final option we mentioned was Require Passcode. This gives you the opportunity to either have the device lock immediately as it is put down or give yourself some time, say 5 – 10 minutes before it locks and needs the passcode again. Again, how you set this will depend very much on what you use your iPad for and where you are taking it.
Apple has made sure there are some excellent security options for the iPad and changing the passcode is straightforward and yet still very secure. Taking advantage of these security options is always well advised as you just never know what could happen to your device.