Name a Legacy Contact for your iPhone or iPad.

Posted by Christine Mueller | Sep 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

Many people keep tons of information on their phones and other digital devices such as pictures, videos, notes, documents, email, apps. If your loved ones had to get access to that information, could they do it? Is it even legal for them to use your password or other credentials (assuming they know them) once you're dead? We recommend that you designate one or more trusted persons as "Legacy Contacts" in your digital devices. In particular, we recommend that you name your appointed personal representative (from your Last Will and Testament) as one of those Legacy Contacts.

A Legacy Contact is someone you choose to have access to the data in your Apple account after your death. You can add one or more Legacy Contacts in Apple ID settings on your iPhone or iPad. Here are the steps to do so:

  • Open Settings, then tap your name.
  • Tap Password & Security, then tap Legacy Contact.
  • Tap Add Legacy Contact, then tap it again to confirm. You may need to enter your passcode or use Face ID or Touch ID to continue.
  • Select someone from your contacts by tapping their email or phone number. Tap Continue.
  • You will see an access key that you need to share with your legacy contact. You can copy, print, or save it as a PDF. Tap Done.

You can repeat these steps to add more Legacy Contacts if you want. You can also remove or edit your Legacy Contacts at any time. To learn more about the digital legacy program and what data your Legacy Contact can access, you can visit this link.

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