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iPhone Legacy Setting: What It Is and How to Use It

Apple introduced the iPhone Legacy Setting in iOS 15.2. It allows you to designate a person who can access your iCloud data after you die. This can include things like your photos, videos, documents, and messages. This feature gives you peace of mind knowing your loved ones can access your memories easily.

To set up a Legacy Contact, go to Settings > Your Name > Password & Security > Legacy Contact. Tap Add Legacy Contact and choose the person you want to designate. Then create an access key that your Legacy Contact will need to use to access your data. It is important to note your legacy contact will not be able to access your iCloud account until after you die.

Once you have add a Legacy Contact and create an access key, you can choose which data you want them to have access to. You can do this by tapping on their name in the Legacy Contact section of Settings.

Here are some of the benefits of using the iPhone Legacy Setting:

  • It gives you peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be able to access your important data after you die.
  • It can help to reduce the stress on your family during a difficult time.
  • It can help to prevent your data from being lost or deleted.

Here are some tips for using the iPhone Legacy Setting:

  • Choose a Legacy Contact who is trustworthy and who will respect your wishes.
  • Make sure to share your access key with your Legacy Contact and store it in a safe place.
  • Keep your Legacy Contact information up to date
  • Make sure your legacy contact knows where the access key is stored.
  • Review your Legacy Contact settings regularly.

How to access a deceased person’s iPhone Legacy Contact

If you are the Legacy Contact for a deceased person, you will need to provide Apple with a death certificate and other documentation in order to access their iCloud data. Once you have been verified, you will be able to use the access key that the deceased person provided to you to access their data.


The iPhone Legacy Setting is a powerful tool that can help you to protect your data and give you peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be able to access it after you die. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to set up a Legacy Contact today. You can find more information tips for preparing your paper and digital files for your loved ones in my previous post on Preparing for the Worst.

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