Safety Checkup: Here’s how to make good use of the iPhone’s privacy feature

In the latest update to iOS 16.2, Apple rolled out a value-added “Safety Check” feature that offers more control over private information on iPhones.

Over the years, in an effort to make it easier for users to share photos, locations with loved ones, Apple has introduced library sharing, live tracking, reset system privacy, and more.

However, human relationships are very complicated and sometimes they go sour. We have seen reports of rejected lovers hurting their former partner and doing unexplained things such as sharing private photos on social media platforms and even stalking them.

You can find the Apple Safety Check feature in the settings. Credit: Apple

So Apple with Safety Check feature provides one-stop features with options to block all shared features at once.

Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Go to Settings >> Privacy & Security >> Scroll down to find Safety Checkup
Step 2: Once in the security check >> Share and manage access >> select individual apps like Health, Find my network app, Calendars, Notes, Photos and more

Once enabled, iPhone blocks shared access to Bluetooth, calendars, cameras, contacts, files and folders, local network, location services, media and Apple Music, microphone, motion and fitness, photos, reminders, research, and voice recognition.

Safety Check feature on iPhone (screengrab)

In the Safety Check function you will also find the Emergency Reset. Once you enable it, the iPhone will immediately stop sharing the items mentioned above, including all types of sharing.

Emergency Reset also allows the user to view and reset settings associated with their Apple ID.

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