How to turn off the password on an iPhone, which disables both the passcode and Face ID

Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty ImagesKnow that turning off the passcode on your iPhone will leave your data unprotected.

  • To turn off the password on your iPhone, you’ll need to open the “Passcode” menu in your settings.
  • If you turn off the passcode on your iPhone, you won’t be able to use Apple Pay, and will lose a recovery option for your Apple ID password.
  • Note that turning off your iPhone’s passcode will also disable Touch ID and Face ID – your iPhone will be completely open.
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Once upon a time, our cell phones would work for anyone, no matter who flipped them open and tried to use them. However, as time went on, the standard changed.

Passcodes can protect your iPhone from being tampered with, either by someone who has found it or stolen it, or simply by a mischievous friend or family member. They keep your data and personal information safe.

However, you may find yourself in a situation where having a password on your iPhone is a nuisance. Maybe you’re baking and you need your roommate to keep opening your phone to read instructions. Or maybe your phone is the one controlling the music at a party.

Regardless of the reason, it’s easy to turn the passcode on your iPhone off.

However, note that without a passcode, your iPhone won’t store your Apple Pay cards, and you can no longer reuse a deactivated passcode to reset your Apple ID if you forget it. You’ll also lose Face ID and Touch ID security.

Here’s how to turn off the password on your iPhone.

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How to turn off the password on your iPhone

1. Open your Settings app.

2. Scroll down until you find the option for the passcode menu. On iPhones with a physical home button, this will be labelled “Touch ID & Passcode.” On newer iPhones, it’s “Face ID & Passcode.” Regardless of how it’s labelled, tap this option.

How to turn off password on iPhone   1Melanie Weir/Business InsiderOpen your phone’s ‘Passcode’ menu.

3. Enter your current passcode to gain access to the menu.

4. Scroll down until you find the option that reads “Turn Passcode Off” and tap it.

How to turn off password on iPhone   2Melanie Weir/Business InsiderTap ‘Turn Passcode Off.’

5. A warning box will appear. If you’re ok with turning off your passcode protection, confirm your decision by tapping “Turn Off.”

How to turn off password on iPhone   3Melane Weir/Business InsiderThere are a few caveats to turning off your passcode.
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