PIN code instead of AppleID PW?

MrSimmo

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Oct 17, 2014
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Does anyone know if its possible to set a PIN code to auth purchases on the new Apple TV 4 like previous generations had? - Its a real pain in the a**e to have to enter a lengthy AppleID password using the Siri remote!
 
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loekf

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Don't think so. I just set "never ask for a password anymore" to avoid to type in my lengthy password for each purchase. However, I can imagine if you have kids you prefer not to do so.

IMHO the combined intellectual force of Apple Design and the billion-dollar (bean) counters at Apple should have come up with a better solution, e.g. stick a TouchID sensor under the home button on the remote or somehow use an iOS device with TouchID to approve the purchase. They also could have used sending a 4-digit code to your iOS device to approve the purchase, way easier than typing in a 20 letter password using the touchpad.
 

leesweet

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+1 Touch ID and/or 2FA-like auth would have been perfect. I have a long Apple ID password so have it turned off but I can see how that's not workable with kids, etc. As been said many times, the whole data entry method screams for an answer before it was released.
 

MrSimmo

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Cheers guys, yeh I have kids unfortunately so disabling it would result in me enjoying a massive credit card bill every month :-(

Apple do provide some great products but do make some very strange decisions...
 

netnothing

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Someone in another thread claimed they did this. They first turned off the requirement for passwords to make purchases. Then under Restrictions, they required a PIN code. I haven't tried it and can't find the thread right now.

-Kevin
 

dugbug

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Someone in another thread claimed they did this. They first turned off the requirement for passwords to make purchases. Then under Restrictions, they required a PIN code. I haven't tried it and can't find the thread right now.

-Kevin
Might have been my post. It reverted back to asking me for a password after a day. Could be a bug I don't know.

Also, when entering your PIN there is no privacy (i.e. its not like entering a PIN on the xbox controller, everyone sees your selections). This was great about the remote app.
 

netnothing

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You know everyone testing this thing at Apple used an Apple ID password of: ccccccc1 :p

-Kevin