1. Turn on Find My iPhone
If you ever lose your iPhone you’ll want this feature turned on. Not only can it help you find your iPhone’s current location but it gives you an extra level of security if someone steals it. With find my iPhone turned on nobody can take your iPhone, reset it and use it as their own. To turn on find my iPhone go to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone. In the find my iPhone touch the toggle switches so both find my iPhone and send last location.
2. Use a Passcode
Another security feature that protects you if someone were to try and take your iPhone is to have a passcode. To use a passcode go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Just remember your passcode! If you forget your iPhone passcode check out our post to figure out how to access the phone again.
3. Use a More Secure Passcode
Using a longer passcode or one with numbers and letters makes it more secure.
4. Lock your Phone when Not Using It
In order for any passcodes to be effective the phone has to be locked. It’s good to get into the habit of locking your iPhone when you’re done with it by pressing the on/off button. However, updating the iPhone settings so the phone locks automatically is an even better option. To adjust this setting go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and enter your passcode. Then scroll down and select require passcode. In the next menu you can choose how quickly your iPhone with lock when you’ve stopped using it.
5. Tell Siri Who Owns the Phone
If you identify your contact information as the owner of the phone you could potentially help someone return your phone to you. How? Let’s say you lose your iPhone. Someone finds it and wants to return it to the owner. Even if the iPhone is locked the person can ask Siri “Whose iPhone is this?”. If you’ve identified your contact information as the owner of the phone Siri will display your contact information. When you do this it’s smart to have a few ways for them to contact you: an address, alternate phone number, email, etc. (See our post on settings to update in case you lose your iPhone.)