Apple’s Legacy Updates: In the event of their death, users will be able to share their data with other users thanks to a new feature coming soon to iPhones and iPads. Apple’s Legacy Contacts feature allows you to designate a single individual or a group of people as a legacy contact, giving them access to your iCloud data. In the terrible case of a death in the family, this function will allow family members to have access to potentially crucial data.
Getting access to the data of a deceased person isn’t exactly a novel concept, and you’ve probably seen it applied on Facebook or other social networking platforms. These alternatives normally let your loved ones to obtain your data, close your account, or do something similar.
On Facebook, a variant of the legacy contact feature allows you to designate people to transform your account into a memorial version when you die. Meanwhile, selected Twitter users can request that your account be erased after your death, but they will not be given access to it. In the event of someone’s death, Instagram users can fill out a form to request that their account be erased. A regular Google account, on the other hand, will destroy itself after 18 months if it isn’t used, though users can adjust this to 3 months or 36 months.
In the event of someone’s death, Instagram users can fill out a form to request that their account be erased. A regular Google account, on the other hand, will destroy itself after 18 months if it isn’t used, though users can adjust this to 3 months or 36 months.
Apple’s Legacy: How To Set Up
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security on an iOS device.
- On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security.
- Go to Legacy Contact and follow the instructions to add a Legacy Contact. If you utilize Family Sharing, you can choose a family member from the list or add someone using their email or phone number.
- Notify your Legacy Contact and provide them with an access key in a message. If users consent, a copy of the access key is saved in their Apple ID settings automatically. If they say no, you will be told. If you pass away, the access key is required to access your account.
- While you can add a Legacy Contact who isn’t running iOS 15.2, you’ll have to provide them the access key in another way because they won’t be able to save it in their device’s settings.
Although Apple has not announced when the feature would be available, it looks that it will be introduced in a future release of iOS 15.
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