Set a four-digit passcode on a mobile device

Updated Aug 04, 2023
Select your device to see instructions for how to set a passcode:

To set a passcode on the Dropbox Android app:

  1. Open the Dropbox app and tap the menu button.
  2. Tap the gear icon (or Settings in older versions of the app).
  3. Under the Features section, tap Configure Passcode.
  4. Tap Turn passcode on.
  5. Enter and confirm your new passcode.

Once you set a passcode, you will be required to enter it each time you launch or return to the Dropbox app.

From the Configure Passcode settings page, you can change your passcode or turn it off. You can also enable a setting that will delete any offline files stored on your device if the wrong passcode is entered more than ten times.

To set a passcode on the Dropbox iPad app:

  1. Tap the Settings tab (the gear icon) at the bottom of the sidebar.
  2. Tap Passcode Lock.
  3. Tap Turn Passcode On.
  4. Enter and confirm your new passcode.

Now every time you launch or return to the Dropbox app, you'll be required to enter your passcode. Your device will be logged out from Dropbox if there are 10 consecutive failed passcode attempts.

You can change your passcode from the Passcode Lock settings.

To set a passcode on the Dropbox iPhone app:

  1. Tap the Settings tab (the gear icon) at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Passcode Lock.
  3. Tap Turn Passcode On.
  4. Enter and confirm your new passcode.

Now every time you launch or return to the Dropbox app, you'll be required to enter your passcode. Your device will be logged out from Dropbox if there are 10 consecutive failed passcode attempts.

You can change your passcode from the Passcode Lock settings.

To set a passcode on the Dropbox Windows Phone app:

  1. From your root Dropbox on the FilesPhotos, or Favorites tab, tap the Ellipsis (⋯) button from the app bar and select Settings.
  2. Tap on Security.
  3. Toggle Passcode Lock on.
  4. Enter and confirm your new passcode.

Now every time you launch or return to the Dropbox app, you'll be required to enter your passcode. Your device will be logged out from Dropbox if there are 10 consecutive failed passcode attempts.

You can change your passcode in the Security settings.

To set a passcode on the Dropbox Windows tablet app:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of your screen to bring up the Charms bar, and tap on Settings.
  2. Select Security.
  3. Toggle Passcode Lock on.
  4. Enter and confirm your new passcode.

Now every time you launch or return to the Dropbox app, you'll be required to enter your passcode. Your device will be logged out from Dropbox if there are 10 consecutive failed passcode attempts.

You can change your passcode in the Security settings.

What if I forgot my passcode?

You can reset your passcode and turn off the passcode prompt by removing your Dropbox profile:

  1. Open your device's main Settings app.
  2. Find your Accounts settings.
  3. Select Dropbox.
  4. Select Remove account.

This will remove your Dropbox profile credentials, but it will not affect the contents of your Dropbox folder. The next time you open the Dropbox app, you will need to log in using your password, but a passcode will not be required.

If that doesn’t work, you can also log out of your device remotely from dropbox.com. The next time you open the Dropbox app on your device you will be prompted to log in, but a passcode won't be required.

 

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