I'm not an iOS user myself, but my mother has an iPad and iPhone, and I'm the family tech support (I've been a software engineer for almost 40 years).

Her iPhone frequently asks for her iCloud password. Shouldn't this be saved automatically in the settings, so she doesn't have to keep entering it?

She has the lock screen password disabled, does this prevent saving the iCloud password?

It also hasn't backed up to iCloud in months (I just did a manual backup). On the backup screen it says that it should backup automatically when it's plugged into a power source and locked. Does the lack of a lock screen password mean that it won't backup automatically, since it's never actually locked?

I just turned off the lock screen passcode on her iPad, is it going to start doing the same thing?

  • I have never tested your scenario - but as the iPhone can access anything once unlocked, including your bank account, then removing the passcode these days is madness - the only secured item left is the iCloud account itself. The device is never going to remember the actual iCloud a/c password permanently [it does for a while, but periodically needs re-confirming] for security reasons, same as it wants the passcode periodically, even if you have a thumbprint. Presumably, no passcode, no thumbprint, it's going to ask more often. – Tetsujin Feb 7 '19 at 19:27
  • There's no bank account in her iphone. – Barmar Feb 7 '19 at 19:46
  • ... but there could be. Enabling users to expose their machine to the first bad actor who walks by is part of the current issue the world is facing. "I don't want a passcode" is a behaviour that the user needs to be protected from, to the best of the major companies' ability. – Tetsujin Feb 7 '19 at 19:49
  • My parents, in their mid-80s, have been impressed with the need for passcode & non-trivial password. OK, I set all their devices, across 2 accounts & 5 devices, to the same passcode & password [& all their recovery avenues lead via me, including things such as their email server], so they don't need to differentiate - but overall, it's considerably better than nothing at all. – Tetsujin Feb 7 '19 at 20:01
  • As a computer professional I understand all this. But she's really technically challenged, and having to enter passwords drives her crazy. She has to have everything written down for her, and she loses track of them. And then if something changes, she's lost. I'm just trying to make things easier for her. – Barmar Feb 7 '19 at 20:04

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