MacRumors has made available for download their article, “How to Use Apple’s Legacy Contact Feature to Let Your Family Access Your Photos and Data After You Die”, which discusses the Legacy Contact feature which enables you to designate a contact who will be able to unlock your device upon your death . The article begins as follows:
Apple in iOS 15.2 is making it easier for your loved ones to access your personal data in the event of your death with the addition of a Legacy Contact feature. A person set as your Legacy Contact gets a special code that can be provided to Apple alongside a death certificate to unlock your device.
The Legacy Contact that you set will have access to your Messages, photos, notes, and other sensitive data, plus the ability to remove Activation Lock from your devices, so it is an opt-in feature and should be reserved for your most trusted contact. This how to walks you through how to enable Legacy Contacts, covers how to get to the data after a death, and outlines some of the data that will be accessible.
iOS 15.2 is available in a beta capacity at the current time, but it will launch to the public later this fall.
To see the full article, click: “How to Use Apple’s Legacy Contact Feature to Let Your Family Access Your Photos and Data After You Die”
Posted by Anthony Tran, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal