Setting a passcode on your mobile device

Setting a passcode on your mobile device is a good basic security step and an important part of protecting your data.  This will help keep unauthorized users off of your device and can help if your device is ever lost or stolen.  Each time you turn on or wake up your device, it will ask you for your passcode before you can use the device.  This documentation will guide you in setting a passcode but you should also take additional security steps (such as setting remote wipe) if your device will have personal data on it.


To set up a passcode for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch follow the steps below.

  1. Tap on Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode)
  2. tap Turn Passcode On


To set a passcode on your Android device follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Settings from your devices apps menu
  2. Tap on Security (or Security and Screen Lock), this is usually located under the Personal section
  3. Under the Screen Security section tap Screen lock
  4. You are presented with several choices, from here you can pick the lock type you want for your device.
    • Pattern - you can draw a pattern on a grid to unlock your device
    • PIN - you can enter a 4 digit code to unlock your device
    • Password - you can use a password you are comfortable with.  The password must be longer than 4 characters.

Windows 8 Phone

Your Windows 8 phone will allow you to set a password to unlock the device.  To set the password, follow the steps below:

  1. In the App list, tap Settings
  2. Tap Lock Screen and set your password
  3. Tap Done
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