Apple’s latest iOS update introduces an important new security feature called Stolen Device Protection. This provides enhanced safeguards in case your iPhone gets stolen by someone who knows your passcode.

Enabling Stolen Device Protection is simple, but first you need to ensure your device meets the requirements. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up and use this feature effectively.

Prerequisites to Use Stolen Device Protection

To use Stolen Device Protection on your iPhone, you must:

  • Update to iOS 17.3 or later
  • Turn on Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID
  • Set a passcode on your iPhone
  • Enable Face ID or Touch ID
  • Have Find My enabled
  • Allow Significant Locations for location tracking

Once these requirements are met, you can turn on the feature.

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How to Turn on Stolen Device Protection

To enable Stolen Device Protection:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on Face ID & Passcode
  3. Enter your passcode when prompted
  4. Scroll down and tap to turn on Stolen Device Protection

The feature will now be enabled and providing additional security for your device.

How Stolen Device Protection Safeguards Your iPhone

When turned on, Stolen Device Protection adds extra authentication steps to perform sensitive actions on your iPhone. This applies when the device detects it is away from your familiar locations.

Actions requiring additional security include:

  • Accessing saved passwords
  • Using payment methods saved in Safari
  • Turning off Lost Mode
  • Erasing content and settings
  • Changing Apple ID password
  • Updating Apple ID security settings
  • Disabling Find My

The safeguards involve:

  • Requiring Face ID/Touch ID authentication
  • Enforcing a 1-hour security delay before subsequent actions

This prevents thieves from accessing your personal data or making changes if they steal your passcode-locked iPhone.

How to Turn Off Stolen Device Protection

To turn off Stolen Device Protection:

  1. Go to Settings => Face ID & Passcode
  2. Enter your passcode
  3. Scroll down and tap Turn Off Protection

If your iPhone detects you are not in a familiar location, you will need to complete the security delay process before disabling the feature. This requires waiting an hour after initial biometric authentication.

Enabling Stolen Device Protection provides important additional security for your iPhone. Use this guide to easily set up and manage this new feature in iOS 17.3.