Set Up a Digital Legacy on Your iPhone, iPad or Mac

With a new feature in iOS 15.2, or on your MacOS 12.1 you can designate legacy contacts so your loved ones can gain access to data on your iPhone or iPad after your death, without your passcode. The Digital Legacy feature means your personal images, files and other data don’t need to remain locked away after your untimely demise.

It’s easy to specify a Digital Legacy contact, and, like writing a will, it’s a smart move almost everyone should make sooner rather than later.

Here’s how:

Your Legacy Contact can be anyone you choose, and you can designate up to 5 Legacy Contacts. They don’t even need an Apple ID or an Apple device.
To file an access request after you’ve passed away, they’ll just need:

  • The access key that you generate when you choose them as your contact
  • Your death certificate.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 has been added or removed for your account.On your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:
  • Go to Settings, then tap your name.
  • Tap Password & Security.
  • Tap Legacy Contact.
  • Tap Add Legacy Contact. You may be asked to authenticatewith Face ID, Touch ID or your device passcode.

On your Mac:

•Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
•Click Password & Security, then click Legacy Contact.

•Click Add Legacy Contact. You may be asked to authenticate with Touch ID or your Mac login password.

Share the access key with your Legacy Contact

The access key is extremely important — your Legacy Contact must have both the access key and your death certificate to request access after you’ve passed away. Then, they’ll need the access key again to set up a legacy contact Apple ID and access your data.

Check out the information from Apple at the link below.

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