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How to Setup Stolen Device Passcode Protection

Storing your data, credit card information, and photos on your iPhone makes life easier. But if your iPhone is stolen, your information is at risk.

In iOS 17.3, Apple released the Stolen Device Passcode feature. The Stolen Device Passcode feature will make it harder for anyone using your iPhone to access your most sensitive data. If your iPhone isn’t in a GPS location that you frequent, the Stolen Device feature will make it harder to access.

How to Turn on Stolen Device Protection 

You must take some preliminary steps before enabling the Stolen Device feature: two-factor authentication and Touch ID must be enabled.

To enable Face ID:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Face ID and Passcode
  • Follow the onscreen instructions 

To enable Touch ID:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Touch ID and Passcode
  • Follow the fingerprint instructions

The last preliminary step is to turn on Location Services. This allows Apple to track your location and determine which places you frequent. If your iPhone is suddenly used outside or in your frequented locations, Stolen Device Protection will turn on. 

To enable Location Services:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Privacy and Security
  • Select Location Services
  • Toggle on the Switch for Location Services

Now that we have the preliminary steps, here’s how to turn on Stolen Device Protection.

  • Open Settings
  • Select either Face ID and Passcode or TouchID and Passcode
  • Enter your iPhone’s Passcode

  • Scroll and tap Stolen Device Protection
  • Toggle on switch

Additional Tips to Protect Your iPhone Data from Thieves

1. Use a robust alphanumeric passcode on iPhone

Along with Face ID or Touch ID the alphanumeric can easily be used to access your iPhone. When your iPhone restarts it automatically requests the Passcode instead of Face ID. So, a thief only needs to restart your device and, if they have your Passcode, can access your data. Go for longer numeric passcodes. 

To access your Passcode:

  • Open Settings 
  • Tap Face ID and Passcode
  • Enter your Passcode
  • Scroll and tap on Change Passcode

  • Enter your current Passcode
  • Tap Passcode options
  • Choose Custom Alphanumeric Code

Now type in anything you want and make it as difficult as possible, and something you will remember.

2. Don’t Type Passwords in Public

Law enforcement claims criminals use crazy techniques to discover people’s passcodes. So, cover your iPhone screen while in public when typing in your Passcode. Also be sure you’re using Face ID or Touch ID.

3. Add Passwords to Apps

Apps like Venmo, PayPal, and bank accounts allow you to use Face ID and Passcode options. Don’t use the same Passcode as you do on your iPhone. Make your passwords strong.

4. Don’t Rely on iCloud Keychain

If thieves know your Passcode, they can easily access your passwords in the iCloud Keychain. This would give them access to Banking information if stored in Keychain.

I use a third-party password manager called 1Password that supports FaceID but also requires a master password if unsuccessful.


Only you can keep your data secure from thieves. Avoid public wi-fi; use two-factor authentication. Be aware of your surroundings to keep your data safe from prying eyes.

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