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How to Turn Off Passcode on iPad

A passcode is a security that secures your new iPhone. Setting up a passcode will protect your device data. You need a passcode to access your iPhone once it’s locked. However, since the iPad supports Touch ID, you can often use your fingerprint scanner instead of the passcode to unlock your device.

The iPad Pro 11 also supports Touch ID, so you can use face recognition instead of your passcode to unlock your device. Nevertheless, your iPhone will surely need you to enter your passcode when you are performing the following.


  • Turn on or restart your device
  • Press the Home button or swipe up to unlock your device (you can change this)
  • Update your software
  • Erase your device
  • View or change passcode settings
  • Install iPad OS configuration.

How to Set Up a Passcode on iPad Pro 11 / iPad 10.2 / iPad Mini

Step 1: On your iPad, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode.

Step 2: Tap Turn Passcode On.

Step 3: Now enter your six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.

Step 4: Finally, enter your passcode again to confirm it and activate it.

How to Turn Off Passcode on iPad Pro 11 / iPad Mini / iPad Air

You can easily turn off your iPad passcode anytime you want via the setting option. To do that is very simple.

Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Scroll down and you see several settings and options. To turn off the passcode tap Turn Passcode Off. To change your passcode, tap Change Passcode and enter a new six-digit passcode. 

There is another option you will see and that is Require Passcode. Well, in this setting, you will ask to enter your passcode to unlock. But if you don’t want the immediate passcode requirement you can change this setting. But if you use Touch ID or Apple Pay, you can’t change the immediate passcode requirement.

Allow Access When Locked: This is another option that allows access to some features when your device is locked which include today’s view, notifications center, Return Missed Calls,  and USB accessories. Well, I always make sure this option is off to avoid anybody from reading through my notification.

Last but not least is Erase Data. You have to be careful about this option. The reason is that it involves erasing your device data automatically after ten failed passcode attempts. However, if you don’t enable this, then your device will need to be restored on a computer after ten failed attempts.

Can’t Turn Off Passcode?

Something you may be greeted with some issues that are beyond your knowledge. For example, you try turning off or changing the passcode but keep seeing errors like cant turn off passcode, gray or dimmed when you try changing your passcode. 

When this happens, try to update your device to the latest iOS version or better still contact Apple for more support.

Forgot Your Passcode?

If you or someone enter your passcode wrong too many times, your device will disable itself temporarily. Then you will have to restore your device which involves putting your iPad in DFU mode.

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James T.

James, a distinguished alumnus of MIT, where he specialized in Computer Science and Communications Technology, has an impressive academic foundation that underpins his expertise. With over a decade in the industry, he deciphers complex technology into easy how-tos. Known for his keen insights, James is dedicated to helping readers navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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