This article will walk you through the steps on how to enable data encryption on your iPhone. It will explain what iPhone data is encrypted when this iOS security feature is enabled, and also includes some tips on how to further increase the privacy and security of your smartphone.
- To enable iPhone encryption Settingsopen , Face ID and Password Tap and make sure the password is enabled.
- Face ID and Password at the bottom of the screen data protection enabled should be displayed.
- The iPhone’s data encryption does not prevent authorities from accessing your backup on Apple servers.
How Do You Encrypt Your iPhone?
If you have a password or Face ID enabled to unlock your mobile phone and sign in to apps, your iPhone’s data encryption setting is most likely already turned on. Here’s how you can control whether your data is protected and what to do if it isn’t.
- Settings open.
- Scroll down and Face ID and PasswordSelect .
- Enter the passcode you set when you first got your iPhone.
- Close Password Check to make sure the option is displayed. This means that your passcode is currently active and data encryption is enabled when your iPhone is locked.
Note: If you see Open Password, it means you did not set a password or the password you created has been disabled. In this case, tap Turn On Passcode to enable it or set an iPhone passcode.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you see the message Data protection enabled, it means that your iPhone’s data is protected and is now harder for attackers to access.
Note: If you don’t see this message, double check to make sure your password is enabled. Sometimes you may find using a passcode inconvenient, but it is necessary for the iPhone’s data encryption to work properly.
Does the iPhone Have Encryption?
Yes. Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad smart devices all support basic built-in encryption when a passcode is enabled. Macs also support their own forms of data encryption.
Encryption on Apple’s iOS and iPadOS devices such as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is called Data Protection. Mac data encryption is called FileVault.
What Does It Mean to Encrypt Your iPhone?
When an iPhone is locked and a passcode is enabled, most of your personal data and Apple account information is encrypted. This encryption makes it difficult for malicious individuals and groups to access your smartphone’s information, whether they’re physically close to you or trying to hack your iPhone over the internet, cellular network, or Bluetooth connection.
Unlocking your iPhone with your passcode or Face ID decrypts your iPhone’s data so that you or anyone else you give your phone to while it’s unlocked can access it.
What Data Does iPhone Encryption Protect?
When an iPhone’s data protection setting is enabled, the following types of information and activities are encrypted:
- Saved passwords and usernames.
- Wi-Fi internet settings and preferences.
- Safari web browsing history.
- Health data.
- Phone and iMessage history.
- Photos and videos.
- Contacts, notes, reminders and other Apple app data.
While the added protection may give you extra peace of mind, it’s important to understand that this encrypted data is not completely private when backed up via iCloud to Apple servers. Apple initially planned to completely encrypt all user backups to help protect user privacy, but eventually backed out after pressure from the FBI.
Note: iPhone data saved in the cloud as part of iCloud backup can be accessed by authorities.
This means that while your iPhone’s encryption protects its local data from direct attacks, authorities can still access any encrypted files or activities you synced with your iCloud account during the backup if needed for an investigation.
Does iPhone Data Protection Protect Everything?
Most data associated with first-party Apple apps and services is protected when data protection is enabled, but this does not include information and files associated with third-party apps.
For example, if you are using a weak password and have not enabled two-factor authentication (2FA), enabling iPhone data protection will not protect your Facebook account from hackers. Encryption will not protect any communication you make through the third-party messaging app if its servers have been hacked.
Note: Enabling encryption on your iPhone is just one of the steps you need to take when it comes to protecting your personal data.
- There are several effective ways to increase your security while using your iPhone. Here are some quick tips to get you started.
- Switch to a messaging app with end-to-end encryption like Telegram or Signal.
- Use a web browser app with a strong focus on privacy, such as Brave.
Enable 2FA on as many accounts and apps as possible.
- Never use the same password for multiple accounts and always create a strong password.
- Keep your iPhone apps and operating system up to date.