How to turn off Touch ID and revert to a passcode or password

How to use a manual passcode instead of Touch ID

Touch ID tries to balance convenience with security by letting you unlock your iPhone 5s with only a fingerprint. However, that won't be the right balance for everyone. Whether you simply don't like or trust biometrics, or it's just not right for your current situation and circumstances, Apple makes it easy to turn Touch ID off and a passcode or strong password on.

How to turn off Touch ID for the Lock screen

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone 5s.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  3. Enter your passcode when prompted.
  4. Under the Use Touch ID For section, turn Off the option for iPhone Unlock.

You can also disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases at the same time if you'd like.

How to turn on long, strong alphanumeric passwords on your iPhone or iPad

If neither a simple 4-digit passcode nor Touch ID are secure enough for you, you can choose to protect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a longer, stronger alphanumeric password. That greatly reduces the chances that anyone can guess or brute-force their way into your device and access your data without your permission. What's more, Apple makes it easy to set up.

How to get more help with Touch ID

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior 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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