A friend can help you get back in if you have been locked out of your Apple ID and iPhone. You can select a person to restore your accounts through a special feature called Recovery Contact. It is the perfect solution if you are hacked or have found that you cannot access your account. The latest software update for your iPhone is a new feature built into iOS 15.
You will have to choose a reliable person: a partner, a close family member or a long-time friend.
This person can help you take control of your account and devices in seconds.
But be careful: only select a completely Reliable Contact Contact.
Essentially, you need to set this up before you are hacked or locked out of your account – so don’t stay around.
How to Choose a Recovery Contact
First, make sure you are using iOS 15.
Go to Settings> General> Software Update and make sure the number is 15 or higher.
If you have any updates pending, install them for the latest security fixes.
You will also need to make sure that your Recovery Contact also has iOS or iPadOS on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later.
This person also needs to use a two-factor certificate, and is at least 13 years old.
Then go to Settings on your device, and select Apple ID at the bottom of your name.
Go to Password & Security then select Account Recovery.
From there you can tap Add Recovery Contact to select someone.
You can then send a message to that person (which is a correction), letting them know that they are your Recovery Contact.
Submit and you’re done.
How to get an account back
If it is hacked, you will need to get in touch with your Recovery Contact.
The contact will need to go to Settings> Apple ID> Password & Security then select Account Recovery.
They will be able to develop a Recovery Code that can be used to repair a compromised device.