If you are wondering what Apple’s Digital Heritage feature provides you, this article will help you.
While it’s always important to keep your accounts safe, that security becomes a problem for your family members if you die suddenly. After all, if you’re the only one who knows your passwords, death means your accounts are locked out forever.
Both Google and Facebook offer features that allow users to “take over” their accounts after death. Now Apple also offers this feature.
Apple’s Digital Heritage program allows you to designate up to five “Legacy Contacts (heirs)” who can inherit your Apple ID and all of its data if you die. They must accept the invitation and present proof after death. But once approved, they gain full access to your Apple ID’s passwords, photos, documents, text messages, and more.
Setting up Apple’s Digital Heritage feature
Before everything iPhone, iPad or MatchMake sure your . These must be running at least iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, or macOS Monterey 12.1, respectively. Up to five heirs are added to an Apple ID account.
- To use it, follow the steps posted below.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Then tap your name at the top of the page.
- On the Apple ID menu, tap Password & Security > Legacy Contacts (heir).
- Open the System Preferences application on your Mac computer.
- Click on the Apple ID option in the upper right corner.
- In the Apple ID menu, enter Password & Security in the left sidebar.
- Then click Legacy Contacts.
When you come to the Legacy Contacts Contact page
- Blue Legacy Contact Click or tap Add. You will receive a quick article on how your system works.
- Legacy Contact Choose from your Contacts list or Family Sharing group to invite them as If there is more than one phone number, you must choose one. They don’t even need to have an Apple product of their own.
- ContinueTap , then choose how you want to save your Access Key. The Access Key is extremely important. After death, the person needs access to your account. Depending on which contact you choose, you can either print a picture of the key or send it as a text message.
- After adding the contact and saving your Access Key, tap Done.
- Legacy Contact You can view all your Access keys by opening the menu and tapping one of your contacts’ names. You can also revoke access at this point.
If you’ve added someone with an Apple ID account, Legacy Contact They can find the Access key by going to the menu.
Accessing an Apple ID after someone’s death
After someone’s death, you will need your personal Access Key and their death certificate to access their Apple ID account.
Apple’s Digital Legacy website and click Request access.
Sign in to your personal Apple ID account or create a new one.
Type the first 32 characters of your Personal Access Key and continueClick .
On the request access to the deceased’s account page ContinueClick and upload a copy of your person’s death certificate. All four edges of the page must be visible and all text must be visible.
After uploading the death certificate appleA request is sent to . Digital Legacy-Manage You can check the status of your request using the page.
If Apple approves the request, you’ll receive an email with more information on how to access the account. It will relay the steps to re-enter the Access Key and create a new “old” Apple ID account.
You can use the digital heritage feature at any time by following these steps.