Not your average estate planning recommendation!
Did you know when you die, Apple (and Google/Android/whatever) won't give anyone access to your data? That includes:
- Text messages
- Pictures on your phone
- Access to your home alarm security app
- Access to Facebook or other apps
- And more
Now if you know the password, it's easy enough to log in. But that falls under the same laws as opening someone else's mail. 1
I might think so too, but rules are rules.
However, I was pleased to recently learn that there is a way to effectively add a beneficiary to your iPhone!
It's called a Legacy Contact.
Apple users can add a Legacy Contact for their Apple ID. Adding a Legacy Contact is the easiest, most secure way to give someone they trust access to the data they stored in their Apple account after they pass away. 2
The process is pretty simple. Here is a step by step screenshot of how I did it to my own iPhone.
Open your settings app:
Click on your Apple ID name towards the top, then select "Password & Security".
Scroll down to "Legacy Contact":
After I added my Legacy Contact (you can add more than one person such as a spouse, a child, or a trusted friend) I chose to click "Print Access Key" to get the proof document.
After you get to the print screen, you can click "Print" again and email the document to yourself .
I printed the document for my wife and added it to the other estate planning documents (like a will, trust, and instruction on how to pay the bills).
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