Apple’s Lockdown Mode is finally here with the iOS 16, but there are a lot of questions about this new feature. Most people want to know what exactly this feature is and others also want to know what exactly this feature does. If you happen to be a little confused about this new iOS feature, I am sure this article will make things clearer for you.
Since the release of iOS in January 2007, one of the main focuses of this operating system has been security and privacy. Apple is committed to keeping system security as tight as ever. Every year, Apple releases several updates to their iOS, which come with many features, system improvements, and tweaks.
But this year’s release of the latest iOS 16 comes with something that should solve many personal security and privacy issues. It also brought some useful tweaks to the home screen. For example, there’s a new search bar in the home screen to easily search for everything you need on your iPhone without necessarily getting into the phone. You can also hide all notifications at the bottom of the screen for a cleaner looking lock screen.
I won’t go into much detail about the new features as I want to keep this straight and short. So let’s get into the main topic without further ado.
How to Enable Lockdown Mode in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16
As a premier privacy-focused company, Apple continues to look for ways to close loopholes in their operating systems.
In the most recent updates released for iOS, iPadOS and MacOS Ventura, Apple has inaugurated a new feature called ‘Lockdown Mode’. This feature is available for all Apple devices that get the latest updates. I mean the iOS 16, the iPadOS and the MacOS Ventura.
What Is iOS 16 Lockdown Mode And What Does It Do?
According to Apple, Lockdown Mode is an extreme but optional protection that should only be activated if you believe your device is the target of a cyber attack. What Lockdown Mode does is it strictly limits the functionalities of websites, apps and some features on iPhone. Other features on your phones may also be completely unusable for security reasons. How the Lockdown feature works simply means that if you don’t suspect any kind of spying or cyber-attacks on your phone, you don’t necessarily need to activate it.
It’s not really a feature that many people use. But it doesn’t make it useless yet. Think of it like buying a gun, registering it and keeping it at home. You may not even use it all your life. But it is necessary to have it in case it is necessary to use it.
How to Activate Lockdown Mode on Your iPhone (ios 16) and iPad (iPadOS 16)
I will list the step by step guide to help you activate your Lockdown Mode easily. Follow this guide on your device in case needed.
- The first thing to do is open the Settings app on your iPhone (ios 16) or iPad (iPadOS 16) device.
- Then scroll to Privacy and security.
- On the next screen, scroll down to Lockdown Mode.
- Now select the Lockdown Mode option.
- On the next page you will receive a pop-up message to confirm your selection.
- After that, tap on restart or manually reboot the device.
Once the reboot is complete, your phone will enter Lockdown Mode. To deactivate Lockdown Mode, you can go through the same process.
In Lockdown mode, you have no control over what should or should not be included in this mode. Everything is going the Apple way for now. However, you can exclude websites from the strict background restrictions. You can go through the normal step-by-step process to create some exceptions for websites. Navigate to the settings and then to privacy and security. Then surf the web. You will then proceed with the ‘Exclude safari websites’ selection and then add the URL as a trusted online destination.