🚀 We’re excited to share the latest update from Apple that brings a robust security enhancement to your iPhone experience – Introducing Stolen Device Protection with iOS 17.3! 📱✨

About Stolen Device Protection:

When your iPhone is away from familiar locations, Stolen Device Protection adds an extra layer of security, safeguarding your accounts and personal information in case of theft. Biometric authentication and a security delay are key components of this robust feature.

Familiar Locations Advantage:

Enjoy the convenience of using your device passcode as usual when your iPhone is in familiar locations like home or work.

How to Enable Stolen Device Protection:

Follow simple steps in Settings to activate this powerful security feature, ensuring two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and enabling necessary elements on your iPhone.

Important Note:

Remember to disable Stolen Device Protection before selling, servicing, giving away, or trading in your iPhone. Attempting to turn it off outside a familiar location triggers a security delay of 1 hour.

Additional Security Measures:
  • Biometric authentication is required for various actions, ensuring only you have access.
  • Security delay for critical settings changes, fortifying your Apple ID and device security.

When Face ID or Touch ID biometric authentication is required:

With Stolen Device Protection, if your iPhone is not in a familiar location, you must authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID before you can take certain actions, including the following:

  • Use passwords or passkeys saved in Keychain
  • Use payment methods saved in Safari (autofill)
  • Turn off Lost Mode
  • Erase all content and settings
  • Apply for a new Apple Card
  • View Apple Card virtual card number
  • Take certain Apple Cash and Savings actions in Wallet (for example, Apple Cash or Savings transfers)
  • Use your iPhone to set up a new device (for example, Quick Start)

Note that you can still use your iPhone passcode for purchases with Apple Pay.

When a Security Delay is required:

With Stolen Device Protection, you may also be required to wait an hour before using your iPhone to make changes to critical security settings or your Apple ID. If your iPhone is not in a familiar location, you must authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID, wait for the security delay to end, then authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID again to update settings such as the following:

  • Change your Apple ID password
  • Sign out of your Apple ID
  • Update Apple ID account security settings (such as adding or removing a trusted device, Recovery Key, or Recovery Contact)
  • Add or remove Face ID or Touch ID
  • Change your iPhone passcode
  • Reset All Settings
  • Turn off Find My
  • Turn off Stolen Device Protection

If you use your iPhone to change your Apple ID password, the location of your devices may not be visible at iCloud.com for a period of time.

Your device may end the security delay early after it detects that you’ve arrived at a familiar location.

Service Process Updates: In alignment with these security advancements, we bring you important updates to our service processes:

🛠️ Find My Requirement for Hardware Repairs:

  • Find My must be turned off for all hardware repairs.
  • If Find My is not turned off at a trusted location, attempting to turn it off in-store triggers a 1-hour waiting period before Find My can be disabled and we can initiate a repair.

🕒 Prevent Delays – Turn Off Find My Before Arrival:

To ensure a swift and hassle-free service process, it’s vital to turn off Find My before arriving for service. This proactive step helps prevent delays and allows us to serve you better.

Explore More:

Discover the full details and benefits of Stolen Device Protection on Apple’s website. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212510

Upgrade to iOS 17.3 now and fortify your iPhone’s security with Stolen Device Protection. Your security and service satisfaction are our top priorities! 🛡️🔧

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