iOS 17 Gives You 72 Hours to Undo an iPhone Passcode Change

If you change your iPhone's passcode and forget it soon after, iOS 17 has a new option available to help out. Specifically, it is now possible to reset an iPhone's new passcode with the previous passcode for up to 72 hours after the change is made.

iOS 17 Passcode Reset 72 Hours Feature
If you enter an incorrect passcode, tapping on "Forgot Passcode?" at the bottom of the screen will lead to another screen with a "Try Passcode Reset" option. Tapping this option allows you to enter the iPhone's previous passcode and create a new passcode.

As a safeguard, an option in the Settings app lets you expire the previous passcode immediately so that it cannot be used to reset the new passcode.

iOS 17 Passcode Reset Feature
As of the first beta of iOS 17, it is still possible to change an Apple ID account's password with an iPhone's passcode, despite a Wall Street Journal report in February highlighting instances of thieves spying on an iPhone user's passcode in public and then stealing the device in order to gain widespread access to the device. In an interview with Daring Fireball's John Gruber last week, Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi said Apple has continued to "look at other ways to address this," but no changes have been made as of yet.

iOS 17 will be released later this year for the iPhone XS and newer, and it is currently available in beta with a free Apple developer account.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple_Robert Avatar
14 months ago

This might lead to more confusion and both passwords could be lost. Then what? o_O
Come on MR and complain.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jaymes Avatar
14 months ago
And those of us over a certain age rejoice!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
14 months ago

This might lead to more confusion and both passwords could be lost. Then what? o_O
Then you should gracefully exit civilization and never pick up a smartphone again, while the rest of us can change our passcodes plus have a fall back to the old one.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
System603 Avatar
14 months ago
Both this option and option to expire it immediately? Very well done. No sarcasm here. This is awesome.

Sometimes your memory will keep you hanging with the new passcode but your muscle memory will save you. And sometimes you need to do and enforce the change like a minute ago because of circumstances.

Well done Apple ?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
14 months ago
Man, this is the best update we've had in a while!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
14 months ago
It sounds like instead of having just one you might be carrying Two passcodes.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)