How to enable Lockdown Mode on iPad and iPhone
What is Apple Lockdown Mode?
Lockdown Mode is a new security setting that will arrive later this year with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. According to Apple, Lockdown Mode is an “extreme, optional protection” feature for users who face “grave, targeted threats” to their digital security. (Think: Journalists, activists, politicians, and celebrities.)
When it becomes available and is enabled on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, Lockdown Mode will change various security settings and block some communications features, making it harder for someone to gain access or control of your device.
How does Lockdown Mode work?
When enabled in settings, Lockdown Mode will alter how your phone works in order to prevent targeted attacks that rely on web-based technologies, social engineering, and wired hacking.
Here are a few of the changes you will notice when Lockdown Mode is turned on:
1. Most message attachments are blocked, and some features will not be unavailable.
2. Incoming FaceTime calls from people you have not previously called will be blocked.
3. Some web technologies and browsing features will be blocked.
4. Shared albums will be removed from Photos, and new invitations will be blocked.
5. Wired connections with another device while your iPhone is locked will be blocked.
6. Incoming invitations from people you have not previously invited will be blocked.
7. Configuration profiles – such as profiles for school or work – cannot be installed.
Once Lockdown Mode is enabled, the device is at an “extreme” level of security because it severely restricts or completely disables certain features, apps, and even websites.
Lockdown Mode was added in the third developer betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, and this is what it will affect:
1. Messages: Most message attachments are blocked except for images. Link previews and other features may also not be available.
2. FaceTime: Incoming FaceTime calls from people you have not previously called are blocked.
4. Shared Albums: Shared albums will be removed from the Photos app and new Shared Albums invitations will be blocked.
5. Device Connections: Wired connections with another device or accessory while your iPhone or iPad is locked are blocked.
6. Apple Services: Incoming invitations from others for Apple Services that you have not previously connected with are blocked.
7. Profiles: Configuration profiles, such as profiles for school or work, cannot be installed.
How to enable Lockdown Mode on iPad and iPhone
Remember, even though Lockdown Mode is targeted at those who are at risk for cyberattacks, anyone can turn on Lockdown Mode. If you have the latest version of the iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 developer beta
Here’s how to enable Lockdown Mode.
1. Launch Settings on your device.
2. Tap Privacy & Security.
3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Lockdown Mode.
4. Tap Turn On Lockdown Mode.
5. Read through the information about Lockdown Mode and then scroll down to tap Turn On Lockdown Mode.
6. Tap Turn On & Restart to confirm and enable, or Cancel if you change your mind.
When should you use Lockdown Mode?
Lockdown Mode is not for most people in everyday situations. It’s designed to fight advanced hacking and targeted spyware.
These attacks, such as the NSO Group’s Pegasus, happen to a small group of people. Pegasus, for instance, was used to spy on activists, politicians, and journalists.
But Apple said it’s spotted similar attacks on users in over 150 countries during the past eight months.
If you are a notable person or in a situation where you feel vulnerable or susceptible to attacks, then Lockdown Mode is for you. Otherwise, you’ll likely never need it.
When will Lockdown Mode be available?
According to Bloomberg, Apple recently released the third developer beta for iOS 16, and it includes Lockdown Mode. That means, if you are enrolled in Apple’s beta program for developers, you can try Lockdown Mode on your iPhone now.
Just know it’s not stable software, and the feature might not look and work perfectly. Eventually, Lockdown Mode will launch with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. Apple previewed those major updates to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac at WWDC 2022 and is expected to officially release them this autumn.
Public betas of the updates might also arrive with Lockdown Mode for most consumers to test sometime this summer. Pocket-lint will keep you posted on Lockdown Mode’s rollout.
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