EVERY iPhone owner is being urged to activate an important safety feature.
It's important for anyone who has ever worried about someone breaking in to their iPhone.
When you lose an iPhone, it's stolen, or someone nearby is trying to break into it, it's possible someone could get access.
One way is to use passcodes, hoping that you've chosen an easy number like 000000 or 123456.
These simple passcodes are a go-to option for crooks trying to gain access to your mobile.
If you're worried about this, there's a handy trick that TikTok tech expert Scott Polderman has shared to thousands of fans.
You can turn a special Erase Data function on so that your iPhone wipes itself when there are too many failed passcode attempts.
Activating the setting means that your iPhone will be wiped after 10 passcode attempts.
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This will remove all of your personal data from the device.
Importantly, even though your data will be erased from your iPhone, you shouldn't lose it completely.
That's because the data isn't deleted from your iCloud.
So as long as you have regular backups on iCloud, you should be safe.
That means the person who has hijacked your iPhone won't be able to get their hands on your private photos, texts and more.
And when you replace your iPhone, you'll be able to restore it to nearly the same state as your previous model using iCloud.
It's an important safety feature that you should activate now.
So how do you do it?
Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and then enter your passcode.
Then scroll all the way to the bottom and set the toggle for Erase Data to the On position.
And that's all you need to do.
But Scott adds an important warning: "I don't recommend this if you have kids that play with your phone."
So if you do have young children that might attempt wrong passcodes 10 times, consider using iCloud to remotely wipe your iPhone when stolen instead.
This is just as effective, although it only works if you know you've lost the device and can perform the manual wipe early enough.
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