How to Lock Down Your iPhone From Abusive Partners


Normally, letting family view your iPhone location and personal info is helpful. If you’re threatened by an abusive or violent partner or family member, use Safety Check.

iOS 16 lets you sign out of iCloud on all your devices, withdraw access you’ve given others, limit messages to one device, and stop sharing location data. You may check out the latest mobile OS early by downloading iOS 16 beta.

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iPhone Settings > Privacy & Security > Safety Check. Apple’s Personal Safety User Guide explains how to safeguard yourself and your sensitive data if you feel endangered.
You can press the Quick Exit link at any moment. If you don’t want others to see what you’re doing, tap this.
Tap Emergency Reset and confirm with Face ID, Touch ID, or PIN. This disables location sharing and all apps. Change your Apple ID password, examine security settings, and add or remove emergency contacts. To proceed, tap Emergency Reset.
Tap Reset People & Apps to remove shared information. Anyone you stop sharing with won’t be contacted, but they may notice the shared information is gone. To delete all apps, tap Reset. Tap Manage Sharing & Access to block specific persons and apps.

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Next screen displays trusted phone numbers if you reset access for everyone and all apps. Tap minus (-) to remove a number. Tap Add a Trusted Phone Number. This number will then receive a text message with a verification code. Continue.
Then you must change your Apple ID password. To skip this step, tap Update Later under Settings. Tap Update Password else. Tap Update Password after retyping your password.
Manage emergency contacts. Tap the minus (-) icon next to an existing emergency contact to remove them. Continue. The Safety Check is finished. Finished.

Manipulate access

You can manually remove certain people and apps instead than using Safety Check. Tap Manage Sharing & Access instead of Emergency Reset in Safety Check. You may then review the people, apps, and devices with access. Continue.
The Sharing with People screen shows which contacts have access to your information and which services are shared. Under the People tab, you can unshare your data with certain people. Select the data you no longer want to share under Information.

Review any changes, then hit Continue. The next screen shows data-accessible apps. Remove apps from the list. Tap the I icon to see what an app can access. Then you can eliminate certain info.

Select any information or functions you no longer want to share with apps, such as your location, camera, microphone, or media library. Tap the I button to see which apps can access the selected data or feature. After stopping app access, tap Continue.
The following screen shows Apple ID-signed devices. Choose which to delete. Tap Selected Devices.
To change your Apple ID password, tap Update Password. For now, tap Update Later under Settings. Remove any existing emergency contacts and add new ones. Continue.
Next, update your device’s passcode. Enter your current passcode, then a new one. To skip changing your passcode, tap Skip.
If you’ve set up a second appearance on a Face ID-enabled iPhone, you can reset Face ID and delete it. Tap Reset Face ID and scan your face.
The final screen says the Safety Check is complete but outlines various settings and features that may share data or access. Review the screen’s advice and take any additional steps you deem necessary to protect your location, privacy, and yourself.

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