Privacy and Security Settings in iOS 11 you ought to know

By Gizbot Bureau

    A few weeks back, Apple rolled out iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad users. This iteration brings numerous features when it comes to AR and security and is compatible with devices as old as the iPhone 5s to the brand new iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

    Privacy and Security Settings in iOS 11 you ought to know

    Today, we are going to see the list of privacy and security settings you should check.


    In iOS 11, you can set a 4-digit passcode, custom-digit passcode or an alphanumeric password. To set up or change the passcode on your device, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode. You can also set a passcode for 7 to 15 characters.

    Touch ID

    If you have Apple device, then you might be familiar with Touch ID. This is the Apple's fingerprint sensor, that is used to unlock the phone, pay with Apple Pay and also to authorize iTunes and App Store purchases. In order to set it up you need to go to Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode and add your fingerprint.

    Face ID

    If you are planning to buy iPhone X, then you will be able to use Face ID replacing the Touch ID. As of now, it will only work on the iPhone X and it tough for a stranger to unlock the device.

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    This feature can be useful when you want your device to lock when you keep it down or walk away. To setup this, you need to go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> "Auto-Lock".Now set the time for this feature as low as possible.

    Parked location

    In case, if you connected your iPhone to your car, chances are that your iPhone may be tracking the location car park. However, you can disable it by going to Settings -> Maps, then disable "Show Parked Locations."

    Privacy control

    It is always better to take a good look at all of the privacy settings to make sure your location, contacts, calendars, photos and other sensitive data is not accessed by any app that has no need for that data.

    Air drop

    This is one of the best features that both iOS and MacOS has. It is used to send files or data from one device to another. But, if you are planning to use AirDrop, set it to receive from "Contacts Only." You can do this by heading on to Settings -> General -> AirDrop.

    Emergency SOS

    This new feature gives you quick access to your Medical ID information and emergency services contact info. All you need to do is to just press the on/off button on your device 5 times fast and the screen will pop up. You can configure this feature by going to Settings -> Emergency SOS.


    Do Not Disturb while driving feature is something that we hoped for. With this feature, you won't be distracted by calls and texts while you should be focusing on the road. To enable it go to Settings -> Do Not Disturb => Activate.

    Location sharing

    Generally, this option allows your phone to send your current location to a friend who requests it after some mutual arrangements on both the phones. However, you can turn it off by going to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> Share My Location.

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