How to password protect your iPhone
We show you how you can add extra protection to your iPhone by setting up the 4-figure Passcode Lock feature
You can add an extra layer of security to your iPhone by using the Passcode Lock feature.
This allows you to enter a 4-digit password that must be entered to gain access to your iPhone and its data. We also show you what to do if you have forgotten your passcode
Click the Home button to bring up the main menu
Click on Settings
In the Settings screen click on General
In the General screen click on Passcode Lock
This will open the Set Passcode screen. Enter a memorable 4-figure code and re-enter it when prompted
You will now be at the Passcode Lock screen. You can change when you are prompted to enter the Passcode. The default setting - Immediately - means you will be asked to enter it as soon as your start using the iPhone. But you can change the setting so that the prompt appears after a certain period of use
Press the Home button to return to the main menu.
Forgotten your iPhone Passcode?
If you have forgotten your iPhone's Passcode you will need to restore your phone via iTunes.
But first you have to put your phone into the restore mode which is a slightly fiddly process.
Plug your iPhone into your PC or Mac with the USB cable
Press and hold the power button at the top and then slide to power off the iPhone
Press the power button to power the iPhone on and keep it held while simultaneously pressing the home button
After a few seconds a yellow alert triangle will appear and the iPhone will say it is iPhone Restore Mode.
Open up iTunes and click on the Summary tab
Click on Restore to restore your iPhone. This will reset all your iPhone's setting to the factory defaults, including the Passcode. You should then follow the steps above to activate the Passcode with a memorable number