How to remove your phone's passcode

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Updated: 06/02/2020 by Computer Hope

On an Android or iOS smartphone, there are many options for protecting your device from unwanted use. Using the security options usually requires a password, passcode, pattern, or biometric input by the device’s owner to unlock the device. In order to remove these security precautions, select your type of mobile device from the list below and follow the steps.

Note

Biometric security methods, like Face ID or fingerprint scanners, generally require a passcode as an alternative method of unlocking your device. You cannot disable the passcode while keeping biometric security measures in place as the only option.

Removing a passcode from an iPhone or iPad

iOS

To disable the passcode on an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps.

  1. On iPhone X and later, or iPad with Face ID, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode.
    On earlier iPhone models with Touch ID, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.
    On iOS devices without Face ID or Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode.
  2. Enter your current passcode, if prompted for it.
  3. Select Turn Passcode Off.

Removing a passcode from an Android device

Android

Android devices may be unlocked by swiping, drawing a pattern, entering a PIN, typing a full-length password, or with biometrics, like fingerprint or facial recognition.

For Android devices with biometric locking methods, follow these steps to disable them.

  1. Unlock your mobile device.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Tap the Lock Screen or Lock Screen and Security option.
  4. Tap Screen Lock Type.
  5. Under the Biometrics section, disable all options.

For Android devices without biometric locking methods, follow these steps to disable them.

  1. Unlock your mobile device.
  2. Open Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon.
  3. Tap on Security.
  4. Tap the Screen Lock option.
  5. Perform your current unlock method to access the settings.
  6. Under Choose screen lock, select None.
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