What is Legacy Contact on iPhone and How To Add

What is Legacy Contact on iPhone and How To Add

Losing a loved one is hard enough. Imagine the added stress if you can’t access their digital accounts or the precious photos they stored online. That’s where Apple’s Legacy Contact feature comes in. Let’s learn exactly what it is and how to set it up for peace of mind.

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What is Legacy Contact on iPhone?

Think of a Legacy Contact as someone you trust to access your Apple account data after you pass away. It doesn’t grant them access while you’re alive but ensures your important information and memories can be recovered by those you choose. Here’s the kind of data a Legacy Contact could access:

  • Photo & Videos: All those cherished moments captured on your iPhone won’t be lost forever.
  • Notes & Documents: Important information or files can be retrieved.
  • Contacts & Messages: A way to preserve communication and address book data.

A Legacy Contact can’t access things like your purchased apps, music, or anything protected by your Apple ID password (like payment info).

What is Legacy Contact on iPhone and How To Add

How To Setup Legacy Contact on Apple iPhone

The process is thankfully straightforward. Here’s how to do it on your iPhone:

  1. Make Sure You’re Updated: You’ll need to be running iOS 15.2 or later (Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to check)
  2. Settings Time: Open the Settings app. Tap on your name at the very top.
  3. Choose “Password & Security”: Next, tap on “Legacy Contact.”
  4. Adding Your Contact: Tap “Add Legacy Contact” and choose someone you deeply trust. They’ll need an iPhone too.
  5. Sharing the Key: You get the choice to send them a message with an access key or print a physical copy – either works!

Have a conversation with the person you choose before making them your Legacy Contact. Explain what it means and respect their wishes if they decline. Both you and your Legacy Contact need to be over 13 years old. If you gave them a physical access key, it’s their responsibility to keep it safe!

What is Legacy Contact on iPhone and How To Add

Final Words

While it might not be the most cheerful topic, setting up a Legacy Contact is a thoughtful way of ensuring your digital life is handled respectfully if something happens to you. It’s a simple act of preparedness offering peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.

Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios. When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games