How to set an Alphanumeric Passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch

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Ever wondered if using only digits as your password was enough to keep prying eyes from your highly sensitive data on your iDevice? If so, you’re in luck, since in this tutorial, I will show you how to set a passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch using a combination of both letters and digits (if you please) for that extra level of security and piece of mind.

Step 1: Download the Alpha Passcode profile from your Desktop/Laptop here
Note: Make sure you do NOT download it with Safari since this browser messes up the file extension. I used Firefox.

Step 2: Email the file to yourself, and open up the email on your iPhone/iPod Touch

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode1Step 3: Click on the .mobileconfig file. It should then open up a screen like the one found below.

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode2Step 4: Go ahead and tap ‘Install’

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Step 5: Simply tap on ”Install Now’

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode4Step 6:  Now, enter your current password (you’ll have to switch the keyboard to numeric view).

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Step 7: It will install the profile and then you’ll come to a screen asking for a new password on your iDevice. Enter the alphanumeric passcode you wish.

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode6Step 8: Re-enter the passcode that you entered in step 7.

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode7Step 9: Now you should get this screen on your iPhone. Finish it up by tapping ‘Done’ (Top right corner)

Step 10: That’s it! Now whenever you unlock your iPhone, you’ll have to enter in your new alphanumeric password. With this little trick, your iDevice will be even more secure than ever!

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Note: If you wish to remove this little utility, simply go to Settings > General > Profile and uninstall it.

I hope this tutorial worked for you and enjoy your super-secure iPhone!

This Tips ‘n Tricks article was brought to you by TouchMyApps contributor Alok.

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