YOUR iPhone is hard to hack – but not impossible.
So it’s important that you activate a key safety measure to recover your Apple ID if someone breaks into it.
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The Apple ID is the key entry point to your device and iCloud account.
If someone can hijack it (by guessing or stealing your password) then they could get access to loads of private info.
Fortunately, the new iOS 15 update lets you choose a Recovery Contact.
This person can help you regain control of your account and devices in seconds.
But be careful: only choose a Recovery Contact that you absolutely trust.
Don’t just pick a random friend – consider a long-term partner, a very close friend, a parent or one of your children.
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Importantly, you need to set this up before you’ve been hacked – so don’t wait around.
How to choose a Recovery Contact
First, make sure you’re using iOS 15.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update and make sure the number is version 15 or higher.
If you’ve got any updates pending, install them for the latest security fixes.
You’ll also need to make sure your Recovery Contact also has an iOS or iPadOS device on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later.
This person also needs to using two-factor authentication, and at least 13 years old.
Then go to Settings on your device, and choose Apple ID at the top below your name.
Go into Password & Security and then choose Account Recovery.
From there you can tap Add Recovery Contact to choose someone.
You can then send that person a message (which is editable), letting them know they’re your Recovery Contact.
Send it and you’re done.
How to recover an account
If you are hacked, you’ll need to get in touch with your Recovery Contact.
The Contact will need to go into Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security then choose Account Recovery.
They’ll be able to generate a Recovery Code that can be used to reset a compromised device.
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