As you all know that the lockdown mode feature is available for Android phones and now you can use it on your iPhone as well. So, in this guide, you’ll learn how to enable lockdown mode on iPhone on iOS 16.
Meanwhile, Apple has introduced a new Lockdown Mode for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac that will be available with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. The optional security feature, according to Apple, is intended to safeguard the “extremely tiny number” of users who may be vulnerable to “highly focused assaults” from private firms producing state-sponsored malware, such as journalists, activists, and government officials.
What is the purpose of Lockdown Mode?
According to Apple, Lockdown Mode provides an “extreme, optional degree of security for the very few people who, because of who they are or what they do, maybe individually targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats.” Individuals “very few users” are those who are targeted by the Pegasus program.
Essentially, Lockdown Mode improves iOS security by restricting some functions that may be exposed to attack:
- Other than photos, most message attachments are banned, and functionality such as link previews are disabled.
- If you’ve never phoned the individual before, incoming invites and service requests, such as FaceTime calls, are denied.
- All Shared Albums in Photos have been erased, and all new Shared Album invites have been prohibited.
- Any connected connections that exist between your iPhone and a computer or device are disabled.
- Configuration profiles, such as those used by Apple’s public betas, are not supported.
- Your device is not eligible for mobile device management.
Which devices are compatible with Lockdown Mode?
Lockdown Mode is currently available on any Apple device running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS Ventura. iOS 16 is currently only available as a developer beta, although it is likely to become a public beta shortly.
How to Enable Lockdown Mode on iPhone on iOS 16
You can quickly enable Lockdown Mode in a matter of seconds if you’re running iOS 16, which is presently available as a public beta to eligible phones.
1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll down and then tap Privacy & Security.
3. Scroll down and select Lockdown Mode under the Security menu.
4. Tap Turn On Lockdown Mode.
5. Scroll down and once again tap Turn On Lockdown Mode.
6. Finally, select Turn On & Restart.
Your iPhone will immediately reboot, and Lockdown Mode will be activated. When you open Safari, you should see a Lockdown Enabled or Lockdown Ready banner at the top of the page, showing that Lockdown Mode is active and protecting your iPhone.
To disable lockdown mode: Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Lockdown Mode > tap Turn Off Lockdown Mode and then hit Turn Off & Restart.
This is how you can enable the lockdown mode feature on iPhone running on iOS 16.