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.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitz1583/ Nitish

    AWESOME!!

    Now my iPod is Secured than ever.. :D

    Thanks Alok.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitz1583/ Nitish

    Is Jail Break Necessary for this??

    Coz i will not do it..

    Can ya Confirm, whether anyone from TMA has tried and tested this ?

  • Alok

    Hi, I’m the creator of this tut. :D
    Believe me, there is NO jailbreak required for it ;)

    I don’t want to risk my $650 iPhone, so of course I’m not going to jailbreak it.

    More tutorials coming soon! ;)

    Nitish confirmed that it works :D

  • Alok

    nvm it was nitish who asked :p
    my mistake, but yes, I can guarantee 100% it works, dont worry
    No jailbreak

  • http://www.touchmyapps.com/author/tma_matthew/ Matthew

    Yup, it works fine and dandy! Nice work, Alok. +1

  • Alok

    Thanks Matthew :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitz1583/ Nitish

    Thanks Alok :D

    I also downloaded the iPhone Configuration Utility and figured out a way to make a PassCode Config File all by myself.

    Works like a Charm..

  • http://www.icantinternet.org/category/iphone iCan’t Internet or iPhone :-)

    Never knew this was possible. Great tutorial, you can never be safe enough, especially not with a 650$ tool that can hold all your important data, emails and contacts…

  • silkmaze

    FANTASTIC!!!

    Thank you VERY VERY MUCH.

  • GimmeMyDomains

    Is there any concern that the app is unsigned?

  • Anthony

    I tried this on my iPod Touch 3rd gen… doesn’t seem to work after Step 6 (so it never prompted for a new password). Help? :)

  • cal

    This is really awesome! How did you make it? How does it work without a jailbreak? Sorry for all the questions :P , but what are you planning to make next?

  • Jay

    Yeah this happened for my iPhone 3GS

  • mikal

    where do you download the iphone configuration utility

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