December 9, 2022

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When an iPhone owner dies, Apple will soon allow them to pass on their iCloud data to selected contacts

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Apple is launching a new Digital Legacy service that will allow a deceased person's personal iCloud data to be accessed without having to go through the legal system.

Apple is launching a new Digital Legacy service that will allow a deceased person’s personal iCloud data to be accessed without having to go through the legal system. When there is no way to unlock the phone without a passcode, Apple’s latest iOS update will allow loved ones or family members of the deceased person to access the data from iCloud.

The iPhone user will be able to designate up to five people as legacy contacts, according to the Digital Legacy Programme, which was first unveiled at WWDC earlier this year. After the owner’s death, such contacts will have access to the owner’s personal information and data, like as images, documents, and purchases stored in iCloud. Such contacts, on the other hand, will be required to present proof of death as well as an access key in order to view the material.

It doesn’t get much easier than getting a court order confirming another user’s right to inherit, and even that doesn’t ensure they’ll be permitted into the iCloud account. Even if a death certificate is provided, according to the iCloud terms of service, the deceased person’s data remains with them.

To maintain its basic principle of user data privacy, Apple has long limited the ability of a deceased user’s relative to view the content of the phone stored in an iCloud account. Google and Facebook, on the other hand, already have processes in place for granting account access to others.

How to set up a legacy contact in your iOS device

• Go to Settings, choose., and input your password and security key.

• On a Mac, go to System Preferences and type Password & Security key.

• If you use Family Sharing, you can select a family member from the Legacy Contact list. You can also add someone who isn’t a member of your family by giving their email address or phone number.

• Use Messages to notify your Legacy Contact that he or she has been added and to provide the access key you’ve set up.

• If they consent to be a legacy contact, a copy of the access key is automatically saved in their Apple ID settings, and you will be notified if they decline.

• You’ll need your access key to log in to your account.

Only iOS 15.2 users can save the access key to their device’s settings. The rest of the group requires a different method of securing the key.

The public beta version of iOS 15.2 for iPhone now includes the Digital Legacy Programme. After iOS 15.2 is released, it will be available on all current Apple devices. Apple, on the other hand, hasn’t specified which version of macOS will be compatible with the functionality.

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