Lockdown mode

iPhone Lockdown mode #

Lockdown mode on iPhone is a security feature introduced with iOS 16, which Apple claims is designed to protect certain individuals who might be getting targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats, such as those from the NSO Group and other malicious actors.

With Lockdown mode enabled, your iPhone restricts certain apps and functionalities that put your digital security in danger. Also, just because Apple added this mode, it does not mean it is for everyone, as normally attacks of this nature never target general people.

Lockdown Mode introduces the following restrictions on your Apple device:

  1. In iMessage chats, you can see only text and images sent to you. All other attachments will be blocked.
  2. Some technologies will be disabled in the browsers, including just-in-time compilation.
  3. All incoming invitations to communicate through Apple services will be blocked. For example, you will be unable to make a FaceTime call if you have not previously chatted with the other user.
  4. If locked, your smartphone will not interact in any way with your computer (or other external devices connected with a cable).
  5. It won’t be possible to install configuration profiles or enroll the phone into Mobile Device Management (MDM).

Turn On Lockdown Mode on iPhone #

  • Open the Settings app and tap the Privacy & Security option.
  • Here, scroll down and tap the Lockdown mode option.
  • Now, tap the “Turn On Lockdown Mode” button on the next page.

  • Next, scroll down to the bottom and tap the Turn On Lockdown Mode button again.
  • In the pop-up that appears, tap the Turn On & Restart button.
  • Now, enter your passcode and wait for your iPhone to reboot.

Note: Once you turn on Lockdown mode on your iPhone, it will automatically get enabled on your other Apple devices signed in with the same Apple ID.

After you have enabled Lockdown mode on your iPhone, you will see a lockdown mode banner in the Safari browser. Plus, you may receive notifications when an app or feature is limited.

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