Password-Protecting Your iPad
Password-protecting your iPad is very important. By using a passcode, you can make sure that someone else can’t access your information or use your iPad. It is so important, in fact, that Apple includes setting up a passcode as part of the welcome screens you go through when you first use your new iPad. If you skipped that, you should set it up now.
Open the Settings app and tap Touch ID & Passcode from the list of settings on the left. If you have previously set a passcode, you are required to enter it before moving into the Passcode settings. If you have an older iPad without Touch ID, the button on the left is labeled Passcode instead of Touch ID & Passcode. See the “Make Access Easier with Touch ID” section later in this chapter to learn more about Touch ID.
Tap Turn Passcode On to activate this feature. You then are prompted to enter a passcode.
Type in a six-digit passcode that you can easily remember. Write it down and store it in a safe place. You can run into a lot of trouble if you forget the passcode—most likely needing to erase your iPad and restore it from your last backup.
You are asked to re-enter your passcode.
Tap Passcode Options to switch from the default six digits to something else, like four digits or a longer alphanumeric passcode.
Tap Require Passcode and choose the delay before a passcode is required. If you choose anything other than Immediately, someone else using your iPad can work on it for that period of time before needing to enter the code.
Some features of your iPad’s Lock screen can be accessed even without a passcode. You can allow viewing of today’s calendar events and reminders, notifications, and ask Siri questions without your passcode. Turn off any options you don’t want to be accessible from the Lock screen.
Turn on Erase Data if you want to erase the iPad data after 10 failed passcode attempts. This is a good idea from a security standpoint, but not so good if you think a mischievous child might grab your iPad and try guessing the passcode. If you use the Erase Data feature, be very sure you back up your iPad very often.
Press the Wake/Sleep button to confirm your new settings work. Then press the Home button and slide to unlock the iPad. The Enter Passcode screen displays.
Making Access Easier with Touch ID
After you set a passcode for your iPad, you can make it easier to get access to your iPad by using Touch ID on newer iPads. Touch ID allows you to touch your fingertips to your Home button instead of typing the passcode.
Tap Touch ID & Passcode on the left side of the Settings app. If you see only Passcode instead of Touch ID & Passcode, then your iPad doesn’t have a Touch ID sensor.
Tap Add a Fingerprint.
You are instructed by your iPad to repeatedly place a finger on the Home button and then lift it off. Follow the instructions carefully as your iPad continues to ask until it has enough information from your fingerprint. Remember to use only one finger while doing this. You will have the opportunity to add more fingers later.
When you are done, you see your first fingerprint listed as Finger 1. You can tap here to change the name of this fingerprint or delete it.
Tap Add a Fingerprint to add other fingerprints. You might want to add both thumbs and both index fingers so you can use Touch ID while holding your iPad in different ways.