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What to Do When You Get Apple Passcode Requirement

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2024-04-17 / Update for  Unlock iPhone

Apple Passcode requirement popup usually begins as a harmless request from your device to change your passcode within a stipulated time. You can choose to ignore the pop because your iPhone will not have any problem if you don’t change the passcode. Otherwise, you can just change the passcode. However, you should understand that ignoring the message or changing your passcode will not solve the problem as you will still get the same popup after a few days, weeks, or months. If you are unlucky, this continuous popup may trigger a reboot of your device; hence, you may be locked out of your device.

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Therefore, the best way to deal with this issue is to get rid of the ‘Passcode Requirement’ popup permanently and start using your iPhone smoothly once again.

I. Does iPhone Require You to Change Passcode?

Yes, iPhone can require you to change your passcode, especially if the one you are using is too weak. However, this rarely happens so you don’t have to be bothered about this.

II. Why Does The ‘Passcode Requirement’ Window Pop up

The ‘Passcode Requirement’ window often pops up for some reasons that will be explained below:

  • Insecure passcode: Generally, Apple pays a lot of attention to the data security of its devices. So, if you are using a passcode that is too simple and common, it will be considered to be too weak. This is usually the case when you are using an easy-to-guess, 4-digit passcode like 0000, 1111, etc. Resultantly, iPhone can tell you to change the passcode by showing the ‘Passcode Requirement’ popup.
  • MDM: MDM is another common reason for the ‘Passcode Requirement’ pop. MDM refers to Mobile Device Management which is a system that employers often utilize for monitoring and restricting the use of iPhones and other devices. If an organization or company has given you an iPhone while working with them, it is likely that the device already has MDM. Notably, an organization or company can configure MDM on an iPhone that you bought yourself.
  • Safari history: If you are browsing with the Safari browser on your iPhone, it can cause the ‘Passcode Requirement’ popup. After visiting various sites with this browser, the caches and cookies will start accumulating. When they have accumulated to a specific level, you will start getting various random popups on your iPhone. So, the ‘Passcode Requirement’ notification can be one of them. Therefore, if you usually browse with Safari, it may be responsible for the problem.
  • Configuration email accounts and profiles: According to Apple’s official site, the configuration email accounts and profiles that are linked to Microsoft Exchange come with some passcode policies. Over time, these policies may lead to the ‘Passcode Requirement’ notification and other issues.

III. How to Remove The Passcode Requirement from iPhone

Irrespective of the cause of the problem, you should be confident that one of the solutions below will solve it. So, let’s check out the best solutions to removing the ‘Passcode Requirement’ popup from your iPhone.

1. Change iPhone Lock Screen Passcode

The first and simplest solution you should try is changing the lock screen passcode of your iPhone. You can do this by navigating to the “Settings” app on your iPhone, select “Touch ID & Passcode”. Now, change your passcode from a common, simple one to a 6-digit passcode that is difficult to guess.

Otherwise, once you see the popup on your screen, click “Continue” to get a new notification. Enter your current passcode and then hit the “Continue” button again to proceed.

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You will get another notification that prompts you to enter your new passcode. Then, click “Continue” again.

Now, you have a new passcode. However, this solution will only work if the reason for the pop is a weak/insecure passcode.

2. Reset All Settings on Your iPhone

Another method you can use is resetting all settings on your iPhone.

  • Launch the “Settings” app on your iPhone
  • Move down and hit “General”, and select "Reset".
  • Click “Reset All Settings” twice to complete the process.

    reset all settings

This procedure will reset all settings on your iPhone without erasing the data you have on it.

3. Clear Safari Data and Restart iPhone

  • Navigate to the “Settings” app and open it.
  • Under “Settings”, choose “Safari”.
  • Click “Clear History and Website Data”. This will wipe all cookies and caches on your device.

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If the cookies and caches of Safari are the culprits, the problem should stop now.

4. Update to the Latest iOS Version

Sometimes, the simple solution is to update to the latest iOS version.

  • Go to “Settings” and select “General”.
  • Navigate to “Software Update” and hit the “Download and Install” tab.
  • The device will ask you to input your passcode. Enter it and continue. On the page of the Terms and Conditions, hit the “Agree” option.
  • To confirm, click “Agree” again. You will see “Preparing to download” on the screen to show that your iPhone is updating to a new version already.

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5. Remove Configuration Profiles

If you have installed a third-party app from an authorized store or you are using a beta iOS, certain configuration profiles might have been installed on your device. The configuration profiles may be causing the ‘Passcode Requirement’ popup on your iPhone. So, you need to remove the profiles.

  • From the “Settings” app, go to “General”
  • Choose “Profile” or “Profile & Device Management” (this depends on your device). Click and remove any configuration profiles on the device.

    remove configuration profiles on settings

6. Contact Apple Support

If none of the solutions above solves the problem, you should consider getting in touch with Apple Support for further assistance.

MDM Bypass Tool: How to Bypass MDM Lock Screen

If the ‘Passcode Requirement’ issue is caused by the MDM system on your device, the solutions above may not solve it. So, it is recommended that you go for Tenorshare 4uKey. Having helped many people to get rid of MDM, you can trust 4uKey to proffer the ultimate solution you have been looking for.

  • Start by downloading Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer. Afterward, launch it and select “Bypass MDM” on the main interface.

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  • The next step is to utilize a USB to connect your iPhone to the Mac or Windows PC with the program.

  • After confirming the connection, tap “Start to Bypass” to continue.

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  • The program will start bypassing MDM immediately. Make sure the connection between these two devices is maintained throughout the process.

  • After some seconds, the MDM would have been removed from your device and the “Passcode Requirement” popup should be gone permanently.

    successfully bypassed mdm


So, whenever the ‘Passcode Requirement’ popup is disturbing your iPhone, you now understand the reasons for this problem. Also, this article has shown the various things you can do to get rid of the popup, especially the use of Tenorshare 4uKey for removing MDM configuration.

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