Millions depend on the Apple Watch for communication, productivity, and fitness tracking. With such a vast range of personal information in a wearable, protection from unauthorized access becomes more critical. The Apple Watch passcode is a four to six-digit PIN that serves as the first line of defense. When placing the Apple Watch on the wrist, the user is promoted for this passcode before using the device.
The iPhone defaults to a six-digit passcode for increased security. This means there are one million possible passcode combinations, making the iPhone tough to crack. Anyone struggling with Face ID or Touch ID, however may be entering their passcode more often than not. When this happens, for whatever reason, there is a way to revert back to the old four-digit passcode.
Those who have reset an iPhone in the past may remember using a computer and following a complicated series of steps to enter Recovery Mode. iOS 15.2 or later skips the computer by allowing the iPhone to reset all on its own. For anyone who's locked out of their device, a complete reset may be the only way forward. Once the device is reset your data and settings can be restored from an iCloud backup.
The most secure way to protect personal information on an iPhone is with a strong passcode. While Face ID and Touch ID make it convenient to access devices on a daily basis, in some situations forcing a passcode requirement improves security. Forcing passcode entry is more difficult than invoking Face ID or Touch ID against the device owner's will.
Holding an iPhone up in front of someone's face can easily unlock the device. In similar fashion, all it takes is one fingerprint to render everything accessible from the iPhone home screen.
Apple Watch owners have a new option to easily unlock their iPhones when wearing a face mask. The global pandemic has made it more difficult to unlock iPhones using Face ID, given that the TrueDepth camera looks to match an entire face. With the mouth and nose covered, this process mostly ends up with the user entering a passcode. Some have tried to train their iPhones to recognize a mask, but there is a more secure way.