Setting Up the New Stolen Device Protection Feature in iOS 17.3



Setting Up the New Stolen Device Protection Feature in iOS 17.3


The Stolen Device Protection feature is a recent addition to the array of features incorporated by Apple into iPhones through the iOS 17.3 operating system update. This feature aims to prevent unauthorized access to your stored data in the event your iPhone gets stolen, especially if the thief is familiar with the phone's passcode.

Understanding the Risks

In public spaces such as parks, thieves can spy on individuals to discover their phone passcodes. Once they have the passcode and steal the iPhone, the thief gains access to all the stored data and can make changes to settings. This may include blocking the original owner's access, conducting online purchases using stored payment cards, resulting in financial losses for the phone's owner.

To address such issues, Apple introduced the new feature called Stolen Device Protection in the iOS 17.3 update. When activated, this feature eliminates the option to enter the passcode for certain actions on the iPhone. Instead, biometric authentication using Face ID or Touch ID becomes mandatory for completing those actions. Additionally, the feature imposes a security delay when users attempt to modify sensitive information, such as the Apple ID password.

How It Works

Usually, completing certain actions on iPhones requires biometric authentication using Face ID or Touch ID. If the biometric authentication fails, users are prompted to enter the passcode. However, after enabling the Stolen Device Protection feature, the following actions require biometric authentication without the option to enter the passcode:

  1. Apple Passwords: Using saved passwords or password keys.
  2. Applying for a New Apple Card: Completing the Apple Card application process.
  3. Displaying the Default Apple Card Number: Showing the virtual Apple Card number.
  4. Activating Lost Mode: Turning on the Lost Mode.
  5. Erasing All Data and Settings: Wiping all data and settings.
  6. Using Saved Payment Methods in Safari: Making online payments using saved methods.
  7. Using iPhone to Set Up a New Device: Configuring a new device using the iPhone.

It's important to note that this feature does not apply in familiar locations such as home or workplace. In these places, the option to enter the passcode remains available even after activating the new protection feature.

Activation Process

After updating the iPhone to the iOS 17.3 system, available for all eligible iPhones, follow these steps to activate the Stolen Device Protection feature:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on "Face ID & Passcode" (Face ID and passcode).
  3. Click on "Turn On Protection" (Turn on protection) at the bottom of the Stolen Device Protection option in the middle of the page.

With this process, the new feature is activated, and you can read more about it in the attached link at the bottom of the feature's name in the Settings app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Does Stolen Device Protection work at home or work?

Stolen Device Protection does not affect the passcode entry option in familiar locations like home or work.

Q2: What happens if biometric authentication fails during protected actions?

If biometric authentication fails, users are required to wait for one hour before attempting biometric authentication again.

Q3: Can I deactivate Stolen Device Protection once activated?

Yes, you can deactivate the Stolen Device Protection feature by accessing the settings and turning it off.

Learn how to enhance the security of your iPhone with the new Stolen Device Protection feature in iOS 17.3. Follow simple steps for activation and understand the added layer of protection for sensitive actions.