iPhone owners urged to check the settings to prevent thieves from making changes
What you may not realize is that there is a simple yet powerful setting to keep your information better protected even if your iPhone is taken by the wrong person, and it’s a super easy process.
We spend a lot of money on our iPhones from buying the device itself to then having to pay for our monthly plans, so we want to make sure we do everything we can to protect our device.
Sometimes bad things happen out of control and our precious smartphones get lost or stolen, so take the time to make this quick adjustment for your own safety.
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How can I protect my iPhone?
The main form of protection you can create for your iPhone right now is to disable access to your phone Control center when iPhone is locked. If you block access to Control Center for others, thieves won’t be able to turn on airplane mode, potentially allowing them to bypass your lock screen. Every iPhone owner should take out their phones right now and follow these simple steps to avoid this disturbing threat.
What does the control center look like?
To see the control center on the iPhone, quite simply swipe down from the top right corner off your screen. This reveals the control center menu which gives the user quick access to features like airplane mode, screen brightness control, flashlight, camera and more.
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How do I disable access to my Control Center?
- Unlock your iPhone and go to your Settings app.
- Scroll down a bit and choose Face ID and password.
- Enter yours passwordto reveal the menu.
- Go to the menu section with the title GRANT ACCESS WHEN LOCKED .
- Under this menu you switch off Control center option.
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Should I disable access to other features while the phone is locked?
There are two other features you might want to consider disabling while your iPhone is locked. The first function is access to Accessories. This will prevent thieves from connecting your iPhone to a USB device, which will give them a chance to unlock the phone. To make sure this feature is turned off, follow the same steps we listed above to turn off Control Center and turn off Accessories.
The other feature you might want to consider disabling is access to your Apple Wallet. This will prevent any purchases from being made by those who do not have access to your password to unlock your phone. To disable access to Apple Wallet while your phone is locked, follow the steps above to turn off Control Center and turn off Wallet.
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Are there any other steps I should take to protect my iPhone?
Three important steps you can take to further protect your iPhone ensure that Find my function is always on so you can find your phone when it gets lost. This allows you to locate your device on a map, play a sound to help you find it, display a message on the lock screen, or remotely erase all data on the device.
Also, make sure you have one password and Face ID set up to unlock your screen so thieves can’t automatically access your information. In addition, you can activate two-factor authenticationfor your iCloud account to add an extra layer of security.
How to turn on Find My
- To open Settings app.
- Tap your nameat the top of the screen.
- Make sure all settings are toggled On.
how set up a password:
- To open Settingsapp.
- Press Face ID and password .
- Select Turn on password.
- Enter one6-digit password.
- How to set up Face ID.
- To openSettings app.
- PressFace ID and password.
- Enter yours6-digit password.
- PressSet up Face ID.
- Follow the instructions providedto let your iPhone get a complete first scan of your face.
- PressContinuewhen you finish the first scan.
- Follow the instructions providedto let your iPhone get a full-second scan of your face.
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