The 10 Most Common iPhone Passwords

Jun 13, 2011 - 16 Comments

Most Common iPhone Passcodes

Think you have a secure iPhone password? Check this list, you might be using one of the freakishly common passcodes out there, and if so, it’s time to change it. These were compiled by an iOS developer who anonymously captured the passwords through his app:

  • 1234
  • 0000
  • 2580
  • 1111
  • 5555
  • 5683
  • 0852
  • 2222
  • 1212
  • 1998

If you find yours on this list, you should do yourself a favor and change it. Make your code unique enough that it’s more secure, just don’t make it so confusing that you forget it and have to reset the passcode – resetting means you’ll lose all the data on your iPhone.

Another good security idea; Set your iPhone to erase all data on 10 failed password attempts. What are the odds you’re going to enter your incorrect password 10 times in a row? Slim, even if you’re extremely inebriated.

The common password list comes from an iOS developer who anonymously captured 204,508 passwords through the app called BigBrother Camera Security. The developer describes the problem of using one of the 4 digit codes from the above list:

Formulaic passwords are never a good idea, yet 15% of all passcode sets were represented by only 10 different passcodes (out of a possible 10,000). The implication? A thief (or just a prankster) could safely try 10 different passcodes on your iPhone without initiating the data wipe. With a 15% success rate, about 1 in 7 iPhones would easily unlock–even more if the intruder knows the users’ years of birth, relationship status, etc.

Are you one of the 1/7 iPhones? I’ll admit, I used 0000 for a long time as my password. Not because I thought it was secure, but because it was a small barrier to prevent random gazers from creeping around my iPhone, yet easy enough that I could quickly bypass it.


The iPhone is becoming more and more of a personal device. Everything from your emails, online banking, credit card processing, think about what you store on your iPhone and how you probably don’t want that in prying hands should you lose your phone. Best case scenario someone will return it to you if you set an “If found” note as the lock screen image or you setup Find My iPhone, or maybe someone will just buy a coffee and set a stupid Facebook status and move along, but there’s certainly potential for worse.

A little precaution now could prevent a big headache in the future. Heads up to MacGasm for the find, they also put out a random number generator if your creativity is stumped, check it out here.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone, Security

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  1. toodles says:

    LOL yup mine is on this list, but I’m not too worried about it.

  2. Philip Hallstrom says:

    10 failed password attempts? My kids have done it *twice* in less than a month trying to use my ipad. If there is any chance your kids will get a hold of your ipad/iphone, DO NOT SET IT TO WIPE DATA.

    • ian says:

      Fair point, I’ve had friends try to guess my iPhone password and they would have wiped it on multiple occasions. It’s risky unless you can keep it isolated.

    • James says:

      Agreed! I have friends mess with my phone now & then. They may intentionally put in the wrong code multiple times thinking they can lock me out without realizing they’d erase it.

      With MobileMe’s “Find my Phone”, you can remotely erase your iPhone if it’s missing anyway. Why shake the dice of making it automatic?

  3. Rob says:

    I dont understand. Mine is ****.

  4. Brad says:

    Cool. Both me and my bfs passwords aren’t on that list.

  5. Chirag says:

    Mine’s nerdy: the curl of a three dimensional vector field representing the magnetic flux of a 5 amp current passing through a wire that is 14 feet long. Or just 4502.

  6. Matt says:

    Why would this developer need to capture passwords?? I would never download any of this developers apps!!!

  7. M says:

    I was just wondering why something like 5863 would be on the list, as all the others follow a spatial pattern, like a line down the middle of the keypad or whatever. Then typing it I actually realised it is mine :| I never took notice of what the actual numbers were – it is the word ‘love’ typed out. Kinda cute a lot of people have that lol.

  8. Josh says:

    I use 2850 because its easy but not as obvious as some of these other ones… Now im changing my passcode again. I change it about 2 weeks

  9. […] a fairly simple four digit numerical password, these are fairly easy to guess because statistically many people use common passwords or some variation of a simple theme, like a repetition, countdown, or birth […]

  10. Lucas says:

    I use the 4 last digits of my phone for this (4497)

  11. Star Corder says:

    My old passcodes was 5083 which is love but instead of “6” for the “o” I used a zero for the “o” in love. And my new passcodes is 1379 look t your keypad to see why it’s so cool I love my new passcode lol

  12. Lilly says:

    I don’t actually understand how some passwords ‘spell out’ words… How does that even work?

  13. erik says:

    Because their is words on the phone keypad

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