How to Enable Advanced Data Protection on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

This month, Apple introduced three Apple ID security features iMessage Contact Key Verification, Advanced Data Protection and Security Key. Advanced data protection is now available on iPhones and other Apple devices, thanks to the latest update – iOS 16.2. This is a great security feature for iCloud data. Here’s how to turn on advanced data protection on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The passkey feature is also coming to the iPhone with the iOS 16.3 update. And soon, the third security feature could also be rolled out. But for now, users can take advantage of the new Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.

What is Advanced Data Protection?

Advanced Data Protection Provides end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups and other categories of iCloud data. iCloud already has security features, but the new data protection takes it to the next level. This is because encrypted data can only be decrypted on trusted devices. And so even in case of iCloud data theft, the encrypted data will not be decrypted.

Advanced Data Protection is Apple’s highest level of security for iCloud. The new option increases end-to-end encryption to nine more categories of iCloud data.

  • Device Backup
  • Saving messages
  • iCloud Drive
  • Remarks
  • Pictures
  • Reminders
  • Safari bookmarks
  • Siri Shortcuts
  • Voice Memos
  • Wallet pass

How to activate advanced data protection

The new feature is available on iPhone and iPad with the latest update. But it is disabled by default on both devices. So, to enjoy this feature, you need to enable it. To make it easier for you, I have prepared a guide for you. You can follow the mentioned steps to enable Advanced Data Protection.

Note: Advanced Data Protection is currently available in the United States. it is expected to reach more regions in 2023.

Enable Advanced Data Protection on iPhone and iPad

  1. Make sure to update your device to iOS 16.2 or iPadOS 16.2.
  2. After that, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  3. Tap on your profile icon which will be at the top.
  4. Look for iCloud and open it.
  5. Scroll down and you will find Advanced data protectiontap it to open it.
  6. Tap “Enable advanced data protection”.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up the new feature. You will need to define at least one recovery method.

There you go, now your iCloud data like backups are more secure than ever.

Enable Advanced Data Protection on Mac

If you have a Mac, you can follow these steps.

  1. Update your Mac to macOS 13.1.
  2. Now click on the Apple icon and select System Settings.
  3. Then click on your name/profile and choose the iCloud option.
  4. Here you will find Advanced Data Protection, open it.
  5. Click on “Enable advanced data protection”.
  6. Now follow the on-screen instructions and configure the recovery method.

How to Disable Advanced Data Protection for iCloud

If you decide to opt out or disable this feature, you can do so easily. After you turn it off, the device will download the encryption keys so that iCloud data uses standard data protection again.

Open Advanced Data Protection option under iCloud on your device (iPhone/iPad/Mac). And there you will find the button to turn it off, of course, if the function is activated in the first place. It’s quite easy as you know the interface as you have already enabled the feature from the same settings.

Bonus: Recover encrypted iCloud data

If something goes wrong, you will need to recover your encrypted iCloud data. The new feature prevents Apple from having your recovery keys. The recovery key is only available to the user configured when enabling data protection. Users can choose from three recovery options.

  • Device passcode or password: your Apple device passcode
  • Recovery contact: Apple device of a trusted friend or family
  • Recovery key: 28-character secret code

So there you have it, all about Advanced Data Protection and how to enable it. I hope you find the guide useful and share it with your friends using Apple devices. If you have any questions, let us know in the comment section.

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