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3 ways to secure your iPhone even better

Your iPhone is a source of information and of course you don’t want anyone to just run off with your device. In these iPhone tips, we show you how to secure your iPhone even better.

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iPhone tips: 3 ways to secure your iPhone (and iPad).

With Face ID (and Touch ID) you already have decent security on your iPhone (and iPad), but these two functions are not flawless either. Did you know that even when your iPhone is locked, someone can still get away with your device? That is why we give you three tips to secure your iPhone even better.

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Tip 1: Face ID with attention detection

If you have an iPhone with Face ID, it is obvious that you use this function. You should check the following functions just to be sure.

  • Open ‘Settings’;
  • Scroll down, tap ‘Face ID and passcode’ and log in with your passcode;
  • Scroll down and make sure the ‘Attention required for Face ID’ option is turned on;
  • Also turn on the function under ‘Attention detection facilities’.

These two options ensure that Face ID can only be used when you look at the screen. This means that someone cannot grab your iPhone and hold it in front of your face when you are sleeping, for example.

Tip 2: Turn off the control panel on the lock screen

When you have locked the iPhone, you would think that someone cannot do much with your device. But it is still possible to open the control panel and use (or disable) multiple functions of your iPhone. That’s why in these iPhone tips we show you how to disable the control panel on the lock screen.

Turn off Control Center on your iPhone’s lock screen

  1. Open your iPhone’s ‘Settings’;
  2. Tap “Face ID & Passcode” (or “Touch ID & Passcode”) and enter your code;
  3. Scroll down to the title ‘Access when locked’;
  4. Turn off the slider at ‘Control panel’.
turn off control panel iphone

Of course someone can see a lot more on your lockscreen. For example, they can view missed calls, read messages in the notification center and use Siri. Fortunately, you can easily turn off all these options in the same place where you turned off the control panel.

Tip 3: Set alphanumeric passcode

When Face ID doesn’t work (because it doesn’t recognize your face), your iPhone asks for the passcode. By default, you enter six digits for this. This can of course be done a lot safer with a code consisting of numbers and letters. You set this up in the following way.

  • Go to ‘Settings’, scroll down and choose ‘Face ID and passcode’ (or ‘Touch ID and passcode’);
  • Enter your current code and scroll down;
  • Choose ‘Change access code’;
  • Enter your current access code again and choose ‘Access code options’;
  • Choose ‘Custom alphanumeric code’ and enter your new code;
  • Tap ‘Next’ and repeat your code;
  • Tap Done.
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Of course, tip 2 and 3 from these iPhone tips can also be applied if your device does not have Face ID and only Touch ID. Tip 1 only works on iPhones with Face ID.

More tips for your iPhone?

Looking for more useful tips for your iPhone? Check out the 4 functions in iOS 16 that you should always turn on. In addition, we also give you useful tips for the battery in your iPhone.

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