What It Does? How to Use it?

What It Does? How to Use it?

Apple has focused on health and personal safety in recent years, which was most evident this year when they released Car Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite with the iPhone 14 series. But one crucial feature that went unnoticed was Safety Check introduced with iOS 16. This article will help you understand Safety Check on iPhone and what happens when you use it.

Security check on iPhone

What is Safety Check on iPhone?

Safety Check is a useful feature, especially for those involved and who may be at risk from digital harassment, stalking or their partner. The feature helps victims sign out of iCloud on all other devices they’re signed in to for their safety.

It also allows them restrict or completely revoke any access granted to others, turn off location sharing with Find Me and other apps, and reset permissions for all other apps. All this is from the Security Control settings, and one does not need physical access to other devices to revoke any permissions.

When to use Safety Check on iOS?

Safety Check, as mentioned before, is designed to prevent and limit the sharing of all data and permissions to protect the data and privacy of someone in a difficult situation. These are the likely situations where you should use Safety Check.

  • If you are facing digital abuse.
  • Suspect an online stalker.
  • Don’t want your partner or anyone close to you to get your data.
  • Risk of a virus or malware attack. You can even use the Lockdown mode here to preserve your data.
  • A victim of online harassment and at risk of a data breach.

How to use Safety Check on iPhone

Now that we understand the need and importance of the Security Check, let’s learn how you can access it and set it up on your iPhone. Safety Check offers two options- Emergency recovery and Manage sharing and access. We will look at the setup process for each option individually.

Setup for disaster recovery

Step 1: Open up Institutions and scroll down to Privacy and security.

Step 2: Again, scroll down and tap on the Security check option.

Step 3: Tap up Emergency recovery.

Step 4: Select the option Start recovery.

Step 5: Then tap up Reset people and apps, and pressure Reset again to confirm.

Step 6: Select the devices you want to sign out of your AppleID. Once selected, press Remove selected devices.

You will be prompted to add Reliable phone numbers. These numbers will be able to receive OTPs and verification codes, so make sure it’s yours or the ones you can trust.

Step 7: Tap up Continue. Click Update password to update your current Apple ID password, or select Update later in Settings.

Step 8: You get the option to Add emergency contacts. Here you can add or remove current emergency contacts.

Step 9: Pressure Continueand on the next page, tap on finished to complete the setup process.

Setup for Manager Sharing and Access

Step 1: Go to Institutions and Select Privacy and security.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Security check.

Step 3: Tap on the Manage sharing and access option.

Step 4: Tap up Continue.

Step 5: This will show you a list of your contacts. Select the contacts you want to stop sharing your data with. Alternatively, you can click on Select All and stop sharing if you want to stop sharing data with all contacts.

Step 6: Tap up Review sharing if you have selected contacts, or press Continue.

Step 7: On the next page, select the type of information and permission you don’t want to share.

Step 8: Now, print Stop sharing and type Stop sharing again to confirm the selection.

Step 9: Pressure Continue to proceed to Step 2.

Step 10: Select apps you don’t want to access your information and tap on Stop App Access.

Step 11: Pressure Continue to proceed to Step 3.

Step 12: Select devices to remove from your AppleID.

Step 13: Tap up Remove selected devices and then Remove devices to confirm.

Step 14: You will get an option to change your Apple ID password. If you want to change your password, select Update password.

Step 15: On the next page you can choose Emergency contacts. Pressure Continue when you have updated your emergency contacts.

Step 16: Now you will get an option to Update your password. You must first enter your old password to create a new one.

Step 17: Pressure Skip if you don’t want to change your Password and tap on finished when you have made all the required selections.

If at any point during the setup process someone asks you to see what you’re doing on your phone, you can press it Quick exit option that allows you to leave the security check quickly.

It saves your progress so you and also closes the Settings app. Quick exit is located in the upper right corner of the show.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What happens when you use Safety Check?

When you use Safety Check, people and apps you’ve removed won’t be able to access your location or any other data you’ve shared with them. Selected devices will be remotely signed out of your Apple ID. And your emergency contacts, AppleID password, and device passcode will be changed based on your choices.

Q. Which iPhone models have Safety Check?

Any iPhone running the iOS 16 update should have the Safety Check feature as an option. This means that Safety Check is available on iPhone 8 and newer models.

Q. Where can I find Safety Check on my iPhone?

Check to access Safety Check Settings > Privacy & Security > Security Check. Then you can choose from two different setup options—Emergency reset, which revokes permissions for all apps and contacts. Or Manage sharing and access allows you to choose apps and contacts you want to stop sharing your data with.

Q. Do I need to reset my Apple ID password to set up Security Check?

No, you’ll get the option to reset your Apple ID password and device passcode in case your Apple ID is vulnerable to malicious access by someone else, but you can skip that process if your Apple account isn’t at risk.

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Here’s how you can set up and use Safety Check on your iPhone. Safety Check removes the hassle of navigating through the settings to add or remove permissions individually and provides a one-stop solution that is very useful in emergency scenarios. Let us know if you have any questions related to Safety Check, and stay tuned to iTipsToUse for more such articles, guides and how-tos.

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