How to Set Up Apple Legacy Contact on iPhone and iPad

With iOS 15.2, Apple will release a feature called Legacy Contacts. The feature allows loved ones to have access to an iOS user’s iPhone. The user’s messages, images, notes, and other sensitive data will be available to the Legacy Contact. Given the importance of the feature, only the most trusted contacts should have access to it. In addition, the Legacy Contact feature enables the contact to disable Activation Lock on other devices.

Set Up Apple's Legacy Contact
Set Up Apple’s Legacy Contact

This function allows the designated contact to obtain access to the dead iPhone user’s handset as well as their personal information. The person designated as the Legacy Contact will be issued a specific access code that must be provided to Apple along with a death certificate in order to unlock the device, according to Apple.

How to Set Up Apple Legacy Contact

How to Add a Legacy Contact on iPhone and iPad

  • Open Settings app.
  • Click on Apple ID settings.
  • Open Password & Security.
  • Tap on Legacy Contact.
  • Click Add Legacy Contact.
  • Again click on Add Legacy Contact, once the disclaimer screen pops up.
  • Authenticate the process using Face ID, Touch ID, or password.
  • Users can choose a family member if they have enabled Family Sharing. Else, they can select Someone Else from their contact list.
  • Once the Legacy Contact is selected, tap Next.
  • Click on Continue on the screen that describes how the feature works.
  • Users then have the option to choose how they would want to share the Access Key. It can either be shared through iMessage or a copy can be printed.
  • Once the sharing method is selected, the selected contact is set as the Legacy Contact.
  • Users can have multiple Legacy Contacts.
  • So the process can be repeated for other Legacy Contacts.

How to Remove Legacy Contact on iPhone and iPad

  • Open Settings app.
  • Click on Apple ID settings.
  • Open Password & Security.
  • Tap on Legacy Contact.
  • Tap on the name of the person to be removed.
  • Select Remove Contact.
  • On the disclaimer pop-up page, once again click on Remove Contact.

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