How to Disable Passcode on iPhone or iPad

Aug 18, 2019 - 5 Comments

How to disable passcode on iPhone or iPad

Occasionally, some users may wish to turn off the passcode on iPhone or iPad. Disabling the passcode on iPhone or iPad is easy, but it’s not necessarily recommended due to privacy and security reasons, so therefore it’s only wise to turn off the passcode on an iPad or iPhone for very specific reasons. By disabling the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch passcode, you essentially are turning off the devices security mechanism, and any data on the device will be become accessible by anyone immediately without any authentication.

This article will show you how to completely disable and turn off the passcode on iPhone or iPad, including the passcode encountered on the locked screens and for authentication in other Settings sections.

Again, turning off the iPhone or iPad passcode lock is generally not a good idea because it exposes any information on the device to anyone who has physical access to the iPhone or iPad, which can pose obvious security and privacy risks. Only disable the passcode on an iPhone or iPad if you are absolutely certain that you are OK with that dramatically diminished security situation, or if the device is intended to be used in public, or some other specific situation where the iPad or iPhone should not have a passcode on it. If you are aiming to turn it off so that you can switch it to something else, remember that you can always change the passcode on iPhone or iPad directly without having to disable it first.

How to Turn Off Passcode on iPhone or iPad

By turning off the passcode lock on the iPhone or iPad you are effectively removing the passcode and its protection from the device. Here is how to do this:

  1. Open the Settings app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Settings icon

  3. Go to “Face ID & Passcode” or “Touch ID & Passcode”
  4. How to disable passcode on iPhone or iPad

  5. Authenticate by entering the passcode for the iPhone or iPad
  6. How to disable passcode on iPhone or iPad

  7. Choose “Turn Passcode Off”
  8. How to completely turn off and disable passcode on iPhone or iPad

  9. Confirm that you want to turn off and disable the passcode and understand the ramifications and security implications of doing so by tapping on “Turn Off”
  10. Conforming to turn off passcode on iPhone or iPad

  11. Exit out of Settings when finished

Once you turn off the passcode, anyone can open and access the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch simply by turning on the screen, there is no need to authenticate in any fashion at all to iOS or iPadOS. You can turn off the devices screen and wake it up again and it can be immediately unlocked with no passcode.

As the warning dialog tells you, this means that any data on the device is easily available to anyone that can access the iPhone or iPad, including any saved passwords, credit card numbers, emails, messages, address book, contacts, apps, app data, literally anything on the iPhone or iPad can be accessed without any passcode authentication. Therefore this is strongly not recommended for any device with any personal information. However, turning off passcodes for a device that is intended for broad public use and contains no personal data may be reasonable, depending on the individual device scenario.

Turning off the devices passcode lock essentially means you’ll no longer see this screen when picking up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and you’ll no longer need to enter a password or passcode to access the device:

The passcode lock screen on iPhone or iPad

You can enable the passcode on iPhone or iPad again at any time by returning to the same settings section and choosing to turn on the passcode and setting a new one. Users should have a passcode enabled on their device for personal security and privacy.

Additionally, you can change the passcode of the iPhone or iPad at any time as long as you know the current passcode used on the device.

This is probably obvious, but if you turn off the passcode on iPhone or iPad with Face ID or Touch ID, and you also don’t use Face ID or any other biometric authentication, the device will have no authentication method enabled for it at all. Again, this means all data on the device is freely accessible to anyone and by anyone with access to the iPhone or iPad.

If you’re aiming to turn off the passcode because you forgot it, this is likely not the solution you’re looking for. Instead if you find yourself in a situation where you forgot the iPhone passcode, then you can reset the iPhone passcode by using a computer and iTunes, though doing so will require you to completely erase the device and lose any and all data on it.

If you have any thoughts, tips, tricks, information, or other helpful tidbits about disabling the passcode on an iPad or turning off the screen passcode on an iPhone, share it with us in the comments below.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Security, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Rainey says:

    How do you factory reset an iPhone when it says disabled connect to iTunes but you don’t have a laptop to do that

  2. Lisa says:

    how about an option to not have your phone lock for an hour?

  3. Roger says:

    I have just gone to use my iPad 2 after a long period of non use. I now find that it won’t let me in without a passcode. I don’t recall ever setting one or having to use one previously and assume this has happened during the year or so I haven’t used the iPad.

    So now it is locked and shows no option to reset or obtain help from Apple or a ‘Forget passcode’ or anything of that sort.

    I have a MbPro, and iMac and an iPhone and of course an Apple ID. Is there any way that I can recover this passcode or replace it without losing the data on the iPad.

    Can any one help please?

  4. John says:

    If you are turning off passcode, have to take into consideration you may lose all of saved credit card information; i.e. credit cards no longer will be available after passcode turning off. Have to set them up again.
    I have obtained from my fault, on an iPhone 7 Plus.

    • Paul says:

      Correct, and you probably don’t want to store credit cards or other login information on a device without a passcode anyway since it would be accessible to anyone if you lost or misplaced the iphone.

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