How-To: Lock Your Smartphone

 In Your Community

We store copious amounts of personal information on our smartphones, and these little devices carry a lot of power. In general, we don’t want to give other people access to this data.

Why do I need a passcode?

There are many reasons why you may want to put a passcode (sometimes called a pin) on your smartphone: it can help protect your data if your phone is stolen; it can keep children from draining your battery playing games or accidentally changing your settings; it can prevent teenagers from buying stuff for themselves on the internet without your knowledge; or it can just keep others from reading your private emails and messages.

Below, we share step-by-step instructions for how to set up or change a passcode on an iPhone. Click here for instructions on how to set up a passcode on an Android phone.

How to set up a passcode on an iPhone

If you have an iPhone, open up your Settings. On iPhone X, find “Face ID & Passcode.” For earlier models, find “Touch ID & Passcode” or simply “Passcode.

Tap “Turn Passcode On.” It will request that you enter a six-digit passcode. Then, you must enter your passcode again to confirm and activate it. Make sure to write down the passcode that you choose in a private place that you will easily remember. I write my passcodes in my journal and on sticky notes inside desk drawers.

On an iPhone, you can also add a Fingerprint lock, so that all you’ll have to do is lightly rest your thumb on the “home” button. The iPhone will read your fingerprint and open without the passcode. You will still have to enter the passcode when the phone is restarted. Under the same menu where you added a passcode, click “Add a Fingerprint” and follow the instructions. You will have to lightly hold your finger at a variety of different angles on the home button until the iPhone has learned your fingerprint.

Read more on Apple Support.

What if I forget my passcode?

If you enter an incorrect passcode too many times, the data on your phone will be temporarily erased. You can access and restore this data by logging on to iTunes on a computer. For detailed instructions, visit support.apple.com or contact Apple Support!

Showing 4 comments
  • Avatar
    George Eckenrode
    Reply

    This is very simple information stated clearly. Thanks !!

    1
  • Avatar
    Jennifer
    Reply

    This is a wonderful and easy to follow article! Thank you for the step by step instructions which were simple to execute. I had been putting this off for way too long, but unfortunately in today’s society this has become a necessity. Thank you again for this post that I will be sharing!

    1
  • Avatar
    Clyde Yahnke
    Reply

    I think this is an informative article and it is very helpful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed reading this article. Thanks

  • Avatar
    keypad entry
    Reply

    Thanks for this. I was having a hard time before and now is ok.

Leave a Comment

Related Posts

Thanks Mom and Dad Fund Provides Relief

These last few months have been challenging, dark, and uncertain for many persons due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19. As some states flatten the curve, others have struggled to keep their number of cases down. The one thing that still holds true amidst the chaos is the urgency to address the needs of […]

Downloading Free eBooks from Your Library

Download Free eBooks Directly from Your County Library’s Website Did you know that free downloadable books are available to you with a valid library card in your county of residence? 24/7 access from your home computer or smartphone You never need to leave your home Most loans are 14-21 days Most library systems will alert […]

Widow Support Group

Everyday a wife, who may be your sister, mother, daughter, aunt, friend, or yourself, encounters the sudden reality that their loved one is no longer with them. This can happen in an instant or over a period of time, such as when their spouse is diagnosed with dementia and the disease progresses until the final […]

The A-B-Cs of Advocacy: Stand Up for Aging Issues that Affect Us All

When you feel passionately about an issue, whether it’s housing, transportation, the needs of caregivers, or something else that affects the lives of people who are aging or experiencing disabilities — a key thing to remember is that you can make a difference. How do we do it? Advocacy. We can all learn to clearly [...]

Voice Your Opinion on Important Issues for Older Persons

As the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the 10 county Atlanta region, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) administers comprehensive aging and disability services that enable people to live in their homes and communities. The ARC AAA is adopting a new area plan for July 2020 through June 2024 to address the needs of the […]

Help three ways

Your needs come first. How can we help you? Call now, open a chat window, or leave a message for us to contact you later.

Looking for the latest guidance on the Covid-19 virus?

The CDC has created this video: “Covid019: What Older Adults Need to Know.”  You can also read CDC’s full list of pandemic-related recommendations.

If you are looking to connect with resources and services for older persons and individuals and disabilities in metro Atlanta, please contact us at empowerline.org or 404-463-3333.