How to Activate Stolen Device Protection on iPhone

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Apple released the iOS 17.3 update for the iPhone this week and introduced a new feature – Stolen Device Protection. The new feature provided an extra layer for the iPhone and makes it difficult for thieves to gain unauthorised access to stolen iPhones.

What is the Stolen Device Protection Feature on iPhone

Just like the name implies, the new Stolen Device Protection feature protects your iPhone when it is stolen. Before iOS 17.3, anyone could use your passcode to unlock your iPhone, access your Apple ID and gain access to sensitive information. Now with the iOS 17.3 update, when Stolen Device Protection is activated, a biometric authentication is required to access the Apple ID or change the iPhone passcode when the phone is detected in an unfamiliar location. Even if a thief manages to authenticate with Face ID in an unfamiliar location, the iPhone will initiate a one-hour security delay before allowing the thief to change the passcode and passwords.

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During the one-hour security delay, the iPhone user can use the device but will not be able to access important security parts or turn off Find My. If the iPhone is returned to a familiar location, the security delay will be suspended. With Stolen Device Protection enabled, you have some time to report the iPhone as lost in Find My and change your Apple ID password.

How to Activate Stolen Device Protection on iPhone

Make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest iOS version. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for available updates. Download the available iOS update and install it on your device. The Stolen Device Protection feature works with location services, and locations services must be enabled. To enable locations services, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services. You have to go further by also enabling the Significant Locations feature in Location Services > System Services. To finally activate Stolen Device Protection on your iPhone, go through the steps below:

Activate stolen device protection on iPhone
  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. You will be prompted to enter your passcode.
  • Scroll down and tap on ‘Turn On Protection’ below ‘Stolen Device Protection’.
  • Stolen Device Protection feature is activated.

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