In this article, We will be explaining how safety check works and how to use it on your iPhone, and also how to activate an emergency reset if you are in the process of escaping a dangerous situation.
Safety check only require IOS 16, This features is not available in iOS 15 and older. You can however turn your location manually If your phone doesn’t have Safety Check.
How Does Safety Check Work?
Almost everyone who is in a relationship gives their partner the access to their devices and even their passwords. But in some case for anyone who is in a abusive relationship, this feature can make it harder to escape or get help. Which makes Apple partnered with some organizations that support domestic violence victims to implement this feature.
You can quickly reset any access you have given to anyone in any applications using safety Check. This feature also deactivate location sharing through FindMy and resets all privacy permissions for all your apps.
In addition, the features also log you out of iCloud on all other devices apart from the one in hand, i.e., the iPhone you’re using for the emergency reset. By signing out of iCloud, it restricts access to Messages (past and new) and FaceTime to only the device you’re currently using.
You can however make use of the safety check in times of emergency, you can then make use of the Emergency Reset button to cut all ties with the people you were previously sharing information with.
In a situation like that, identifying who has your information and access to your location makes all the difference. Safety Check gives you back that control.
Aside from an Emergency Reset button, you will be able to manage and access your apps and review your account security manually using safety Check.
Perhaps one of the most thoughtful additions is the ‘Quick Exit’ button in the interface. If while trying to check out the settings, you’re afraid of getting caught, the Quick Exit button will quickly close the settings app and leave no trace behind that Safety Check was ever open.
Below are the explanation on how to use it, whether you want to carry out an emergency reset or manage your access manually.
How to Use Safety Check on iPhone
Whether you are currently in a bad situation or you just want to be in charge of your personal information, safety Check can help you monitor your privacy settings carefully, Emergency Reset is also designed to help you immediately cut off access to your data if you find yourself in danger.
You can make use of the manage sharing and Access function to customize access to your information with Safety Check:
Step 1: Open Settings, and click on Privacy & Security.
Step 2: Click on Safety Check.
Step 3: Click on Manage Sharing & Access.
Step 4: Authenticate with Touch ID or your PIN.
Step 5: Click Continue.
Step 6: Follow the guidelines on the screen to select who you want to share your location and information with, which apps you want to have your location data, and review your other privacy and security settings.
What Is Safety Check?
According to Apple description, Safety Check is a tool for users who are trying to get away from an abusive relationships, it is also useful to anyone who needs to take control over who has access to their private information and location data.
Safety Check includes two types of primary tools: which are Emergency Reset, and Manage Sharing & Access.
The emergency reset feature is designed to cancel access to your information from anyone you have shared it with. So if you have ever shared your location on iPhone or iPad, the Emergency Reset feature is there for you.
It also resets access granted to any app you’ve provided it to in the past, logs you out of iCloud on every device other than the one you currently have in your hand ,and prompts you to create a new Apple ID and password in case you have shared those with people in the past. This feature is designed primarily to assist domestic abuse victims, prevent their partners from using their phones to track or harass, or make it more difficult for the victim to get help.
The Manage Sharing & Access feature provides fine control over the people and apps that have access to your data. Instead of instantly revoking anything, it allows you to audit the people you have shared your information and location with and the apps with access to that data. This tool can be useful to users trying to escape abusive situations, but it’s also a useful audit for anyone who wants to keep on top of their privacy and security.
Can Other People Tell When You Use Safety Check?
If someone has been using data to track you, they will notice their access has been canceled. but however when you use Safety Check to revoke access to your location data, the people whose access you revoke won’t be notified.
Does Safety Check Prevent Others From Seeing Your Messages?
Safety check prevents others from seeing your messages by helping you to logout of iCloud on every device other than the phone you are using currently, which prevents any other person from seeing any information that is saved on your iCloud, and it will ask you to create a new password.
It also prevents anyone from accessing Messages or FaceTime using your account on any device other than the one you’re currently using, so nobody can see your messages or activity there either.