Earlier this month, Apple released iOS 15.2, a major iPhone upgrade that contains a new feature called Digital Legacy. You will be able to select certain people who will be allowed to access your account after you pass away.
Prior to the update, it has been extremely difficult for loved ones to gain access to an Apple account of a deceased family member or friend. Previously, surviving family and friends had to acquire a court order to gain access to a deceased loved one’s digital files if they didn’t have the phone’s passcode or iCloud details.
Now thanks to the new update, it can be quite useful for loved ones who need access to certain data.
After the original user dies, the chosen contacts can access data stored in iCloud, such as images and documents, if they have a special access key and a copy of the death certificate.
The people most likely to have a copy of the death certificate would be accessed by Digital Legacy users.
To access this feature after you updated to ios 15.2 follow these steps:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap your name at the top of the page.
- Select “Password & Security.”
- Choose “Legacy Contact.”
- Choose up to five family members or friends.
- You’ll receive an access code. Print it and keep it in a safe place with your other estate planning documents.
- Your Digital Legacy contacts will need to provide that code and a death certificate to access your account.
- Legacy contacts can visit Apple’s website to request access after you die.