What to do with the iPhone of a Deceased Person (yours too…)

What to do with the iPhone of a Deceased Person (yours too…)

For this subject, the Apple term is Legacy Key.

The Legacy Key is a code that you give a Holder, that special someone who will see everything on your iPhone after you’re dead; allowing them to recover documents, pictures, emails, texts, anything on your cell phone, even information that comes onto your cell phone after you’re dead.

Below are the instructions to assign a Legacy Key Holder. DO IT NOW. And that way you won’t need to deal with it ever again; like when you’re old and have dementia form all the processed food we eat. And in case you’re young (or you think you are) and you suspect the Legacy Key Holder might change during your lifetime, put a calendar entry in your phone to re-confirm every couple of years. The last thing you want is your ex up in your cellphone when you’re dead, or maybe you do…sweet revenge photos. Who knows!!

Add a Legacy Contact for your Apple ID

You can add one or more Legacy Contacts in Apple ID settings on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. You’ll receive an email confirmation when a Legacy Contact is added or removed for your account.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings, then tap your name.
  2. Tap Password & Security, then tap Legacy Contact.
  3. Tap Add Legacy Contact. You might be asked to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode.

On your Mac: 

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  2. Click Password & Security, then click Legacy Contact.
  3. Click Add Legacy Contact. You might be asked to authenticate with Touch ID or your Mac login password.
Steve Boullianne, Multiple post-graduate degrees, Mind/Body/Spirit enthusiast, & a member of Mensa. Loves Skiing, Scuba, and Food. Steve’s First job out of college was programming satellites for AT&T. Founded IPSOFACTO in 1996, Y2K boom, e-Commerce super success, 2.1 boom. Steve is ready to Mediate high quality for all life, our one planet, and human kindness. Loves to dance and tell jokes. Steve believes that Excellent Communication is key to human success (and failure). Steve has 3 sons who are his STARS. They will carry the world into a brilliant future. Since 1996, Steve has been a volunteer drug and alcoholism counselor in the Bay Area. The power of the Great Spirit is in you. Steve is a good friend to have.


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