When you upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7, you were asked to enter a passcode during the setup process. Then, when the setup was complete, you find your device now requires this code to be entered every time you use it. If you prefer not to be forced to enter the code, it can easily be removed.
Having a passcode on your device does provide some added security that will keep someone from using your device without your permission. Additionally, if your device is lost or stolen, someone can not access the Settings on your device to disable the Find My iPhone features that allow you to locate the device and remotely wipe the data on the device.
However, there are instances where someone may not want to have this level of security on their device. If you installed iOS 7 and now have to enter a code to use your device, here’s how to disable it.
Disable the Passcode
Open the Settings app and select General. Scroll down until you see Passcode Lock and select it. You will be asked to enter your code.
After entering the code, you will see the Turn Passcode Off option at the top of the window. Select this option and you will again be asked to enter your code.
After entering the code this one last time, the passcode function will now be disabled for the device. You will know the function has been disabled because the screen will now display the Turn Passcode On option. The next time the device goes to sleep mode, it can be awakened and used without entering a passcode.
Keep the Passcode But Lessen the Pain
If you like the added security of a passcode, but don’t like entering it every time you use the device, try changing the frequency in which a code is required. With the passcode function enabled, tap on Require Passcode. Here you will have the option of selecting when a code is required after a certain period of inactivity. Shorter times provide a higher level of security than longer times.
What If I Haven’t Installed iOS 7 Yet?
If you haven’t installed iOS 7 yet and wish to avoid setting a code on your device, there is an option to skip the passcode during the setup process. It is easy to overlook, so pay close attention when asked to enter a code.