How to disable access to Siri and Passbook from the iPhone lock screen

How to disable access to Siri and Passbook from the iPhone lock screen

UPDATE: With iOS 7, Siri can now toggle system settings, including putting your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into Airplane mode. That would prevent your being able to track it in case of theft. While convenient, if you consider Siri access from the Lock screen a security risk, follow the steps in this article to disable it. (Note: iOS 7 screens look different, but the procedure is the same.)

If you've got a passcode set on your iPhone, Siri and Passbook will still work by default on your lock screen. This means that anyone who wants to talk to Siri or use one of your passes will still be able to. While it's convenient, it can be a bit unsafe. If you prefer having to use your passcode in order to access them, you can do so easily with a simple settings change.

Here's how.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Passcode Lock and type in your passcode when prompted.
  4. Under the Allow Access When Locked section, turn the Siri and Passbook options to Off.

That's it. You'll now be required to enter your passcode before using a Passbook or Siri feature from the lock screen.

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to disable access to Siri and Passbook from the iPhone lock screen


Because of this article, two things will now happen to me:
1) My friends will stop using my Starbucks card.
2) My Facebook will no longer be hacked via Siri and my lovely childish friends.
-thanks iMore

Once again some great advice from the person who knows all about the workings of the iPhone. Thank you Ally. :)

Nice post.

Am I the only one that finds passbook quite underwhelming. That is the idea has gotten very little acceptance or penetration?

For example, I use it only for a to pay for Starbucks coffee and Delta Boarding passes (which
technically i haven't used since i haven't flow in a year). But i already did BOTH of those things

with their apps before. And i still need those app functionality on my phone so the app has to stay as it does far more than the passbook does.

And things i'd really like it for, like putting my 4 or 5 grocery loyalty cards, it can't do for a myriad of reasons like the fact that all of my local grocery store scanners can't scan off of phones. Anyways my two cents. But boarding passes and starbucks? Cool but I could do that before.

Thanks Allyson! That's a great tip. The mild and rare inconvenience aside, it'll truly bring that passcode lock into effect.

While I still use an iPhone 4, my father and mother have the iPhone 4S and use siri a lot. I had no idea of this frightening security hole that existed.

Thanks for the insights.

Thanks Ally. I used these instructions to do this on my Ipad. Although I have a cover on it, I keep leaning on the home button. Sometimes I don't hear the "ding ding", but I always hear the "I didn't understand".

Being new to iOS this is good to know. The most helpful piece for me will be showing friends this tip. Now they won't have people, like me, messing with their phones.