iPhone tips: with these settings you make it much more difficult for thieves

In this week’s iPhone tips you can read how to make it as difficult as possible for potential thieves if they target your iPhone!

This way you make it a lot more difficult for thieves

These iPhone tips will not be of immediate use to you, but they will be useful if your iPhone is unexpectedly stolen. It is not guaranteed that you will get your iPhone back with these tips, but you will certainly make it a lot more difficult for thieves!

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1. Disable Control Center from Lock Screen

If a thief can open Control Center from the Lock screen (i.e. without unlocking your iPhone), he can also disable Wi-Fi or your mobile network, for example. That of course makes finding your iPhone a lot more difficult. So we’ll start these iPhone tips with a way to prevent this from happening:

  1. Open the Settings app;

  2. Tap ‘Face ID & Passcode’ (or ‘Touch ID & Passcode’) and enter your code;

  3. Scroll to ‘Access when locked’;

  4. Disable the ‘Control Panel’ option.

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2. Enable Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID

If a thief manages to get into your iPhone, it is all the more important that you have properly secured your Apple ID. The best option you have right now is Two-Factor Authentication (better known as Two-Step Verification). If you have enabled this, a thief cannot log in to your Apple ID even if he knows your password. In number two of these iPhone tips, we’ll show you how to set up Two-Factor Authentication:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Tap your name and choose ‘Log in and security’;
  • Enable ‘Two-factor authentication’.
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3. Enable the ‘Find My’ feature

Number three of these iPhone tips can help you find your stolen iPhone. Thanks to the ‘Find My’ function, it is possible to locate your iPhone from your MacBook or iPad. The police can often do something with this if your iPhone is stolen. Of course, the function must be enabled on your iPhone. You do this as follows:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Tap your name and then ‘Find My’;
  • Tap ‘Find My iPhone’;
  • Turn on Find My iPhone.
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4. Use Face ID with attention detection

Face ID protects your iPhone well, but it’s even more secure if you enable the ‘Require attention for Face ID’ option. In number four of these iPhone tips you can read how to do this very easily:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Tap ‘Face ID & Passcode’ and log in with your passcode;
  • Enable the option ‘Requires attention for Face ID’;
  • Also enable the function under ‘Attention detection facilities’.
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5. Set an alphanumeric passcode

We conclude these iPhone tips by setting an even more secure passcode. If Face ID doesn’t work (which will be the case for a thief), your iPhone will ask for the passcode. By default, you enter six numbers for this. This can of course be done much more securely with a code consisting of numbers and letters. You set this up as follows.

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Tap ‘Face ID & Passcode’ (or ‘Touch ID & Passcode’);
  • Enter your current code and scroll down;
  • Tap ‘Change passcode’;
  • Enter your current access code again and choose ‘Access code options’;
  • Choose ‘Custom alphanumeric code’ and enter your new code;
  • Go to ‘Next’ and repeat your code;
  • Tap Done.
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