Warning to EVERYONE who owns an iPhone – never give it to anyone without first checking three things

IF a friend or family member ever asks to see your iPhone, you may want to turn on certain privacy features.

From blocking WhatsApp to disabling your control center, the following Apple tricks might save you from an awkward moment.

There are a few steps you can take to protect your iPhone from snoopers

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How to block WhatsApp on your iPhone

To set this up you need to go to your WhatsApp settings.

Then click on “Account” and then on “Privacy”.

From here you can turn on “Screen Lock” with either Touch ID or Face ID.

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You can also select a duration when the ID will be required again.

Now when you open the app, you will be asked for your fingerprints or a picture of your face to verify that it’s really you reading your private chats.

You can still read and quickly reply to messages in your notification window, so the tool isn’t foolproof.

You can also receive WhatsApp calls.

You can turn off all message previews in your iPhone settings at any time.

Anyone snooping on your phone and trying to bypass the new ID setting on your WhatsApp will see a message that says “WhatsApp blocked. Unlock with FaceID/Touch ID to open WhatsApp.”

You will be asked for a passcode after several failed attempts to bypass the entire system.

How to lock your iPhone photos

If you give your iPhone to someone, they can easily check your pictures.

Thankfully, there’s a clever hack to stop people from using your iPhone’s Photos app.

Go to Settings, tap Screen Time and then select App Limits and press Add Limit.

Click Creativity and then select Photos.

Proceed to add the limit and then select a one minute time limit.

Now when you tap on your Photos app, you’ll be told you’ve reached your usage limit.

Unfortunately, it is possible to bypass this by tapping “Ignore Limit”.

But there is another trick that adds a passcode requirement to skip limits.

Go to Screen Time again, scroll down, then select Use Screen Time Passcode.

This means that someone cannot ignore the screen timeout unless they know your passcode.

If you use this setting, you’ll also need to enter your passcode when you go to the Photos app.

How to Disable Control Center on iPhone Lock Screen

Disabling access to your control center can prevent friends from spying on your activities using a sneaky method.

The main problem is that it can be accessed from the lock screen and gives access to some iPhone features – including some notes, controlling lights and even media playback on your TV.

You can disable Control Center from the lock screen at any time.

Unlock your iPhone and then go into Settings.

Then tap Face ID and Passcode — or Touch ID and Passcode if you’re using a home button device.

Enter your passcode when prompted.

Then scroll down and look for the Control Center toggle.

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Set the switch to the off position so that the button is gray instead of green.

If you ever change your mind, you can go back to the settings and turn it back on.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5615739/warning-iphone-apple-stop-snoopers-lock-photos/ Warning to EVERYONE who owns an iPhone – never give it to anyone without first checking three things

Chris Barrese

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