Stolen Device Protection on iOS 17.3: Here’s What the New Feature Secures

On Monday Apple released iOS 17.3, which brought some bug fixes and a few new features, like the long-awaited collaborative playlist feature in Apple Music, to your iPhone. The update also introduces a new security feature called Stolen Device Protection, which aims to protect your data if your iPhone is stolen or falls into nefarious hands. 

Here’s how to enable Stolen Device Protection and what to know about the new security feature.

How to turn Stolen Device Protection on

After you update your iPhone to iOS 17.3, your iPhone should ask you whether or not you want to turn Stolen Device Protection on. If you didn’t see this screen, or meant to do it later, here’s how to enable the new security feature.

1. Open Settings
2. Tap Face ID Passcode.
3. Scroll down the menu until you see Stolen Device Protection.

If you already have the feature enabled, it will say On next to Stolen Device Protection. If it says Off, tap Turn On Protection directly below Stolen Device Protection

What to know about Stolen Device Protection

You can still make purchases with Apple Pay even if Stolen Device Protection is turned on.

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Because Stolen Device Protection only protects a handful of settings, you still have to take steps to protect your other information. For example, Apple notes that you can still use your iPhone passcode to make purchases with Apple Pay, so Stolen Device Protection won’t totally protect your finances. While Stolen Device Protection is an optional feature and doesn’t protect everything on your phone, Apple still recommends everyone turn it on. 

For more on iOS, you can check out the other new features in iOS 17.3, why you should download the update now and our iOS 17 cheat sheet.

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