Password policy for Android

A passcode unlocks a device and a user’s ability to access the features of a device. Passcodes help secure the files and information on the device. Passcode restrictions can force the users to use a strong passcode and change passcode periodically, thus improving the security. Password restriction can be set if you are on a Pro, Enterprise or Ultimate pricing plan.

To set up password restrictions,

  1. Go to Policies.
  2. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  3. Select Password from Android Settings.
Password Settings Description
Minimum passcode requirement Select the type of characters that the user needs to use in a passcode. Select simple value, numbers, alphabets, alphanumeric or complex value. The default value is ‘simple value’.
Minimum passcode length
(not applicable if simple valued or numeric password is selected)
The length of the passcode which the users need to set. The allowed values are from 4 to 16.
Maximum passcode age in days The number of days before which the passcode need to be changed. Select from 10, 20, 50, 70, 120, 250, 360, 470, 600 or 720. If 20 is set, then the passcode will expire after 20 days. The user should change their passcode before that.
Auto lock Set the amount of idle time before the device is locked automatically. The available values are never, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 15 minutes. By default, auto lock will be disabled. If 5 minutes is set and the device is idle for 5 minutes, the device will be locked automatically.
Passcode history Passcode history is set to block the users from reusing the password for a specific number of times. From 1 to 50 passcodes can be set. Passcode history is turned off by default. Consider the value set as 5. A user’s current passcode is abcd1234. If he changes this passcode, the current passcode cannot be used for the next 5 times.
Failed attempts Hexnode MDM will reset the device to factory settings if the user enters an incorrect password more than the specified number of attempts. The number of attempts can be 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10.
Minimum letter length
(applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user)
The minimum number of letters the users need to have in their passcode. 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 are the values that can be set on the console.
Minimum uppercase letters
(applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user)
This is the minimum number of uppercase letters that should be in the user’s passcode. Values can be 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
Minimum lowercase letters
(applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user)
Select from 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, the minimum number of lowercase letters that the users should provide in their device passcode.
Minimum non-alphabetic characters
(applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user)
Provide here the minimum number of characters other than alphabets that the passcode should contain. Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Minimum numeric letters
(applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user)
1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, select the minimum numbers that the passcode should include.
Minimum symbols
(applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user)
The minimum number of special characters required in a passcode. Choose 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 special characters.

Associating Password Policy to Devices, Users or Groups

To associate password policies to a device,

  1. From Policy Targets tab, click on + Add Devices.
  2. Search and select all devices to which the configuration needs to the applied.

You can associate the configuration with device groups, users or user groups from Policy Targets.

To associate the policy from the page listing the policies,

  1. Check the policies that are needed to be associated with a device.
  2. From Manage, select Associate Targets.
  3. Select the devices.
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