Apple has been at the forefront of fending user privacy and security across its devices. Previously, it launched App Tracking Transparency, which allows users to decide whether an app can track their activity for advertising purposes. Now, with iOS 16.2, Apple has brought out Advanced Data Protection, end-to-end encryption for iCloud, to all users outside of the US.
What is Advanced Data Protection on iOS 16.2
Advanced-Data Protection for iCloud includes end-to-end encryption for additional categories beyond passwords, payment information, and health data.
With Advanced Data Protection, Apple extends sensitive data categories from 14 to 23, including more sensitive data categories, such as iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos. Enabling this optional feature allows for end-to-end encryption, ensuring that only your trusted devices can access your iCloud data. This also means that Apple will no longer have access to your encrypted cloud data, even in the event of a data breach.
How to enable Advanced Data Protection on iPhone
To begin with, your iPhone needs to be updated to iOS 16.2. If not, update your iPhone to iOS 16.2 and follow the steps mentioned below.
- Open Settings and tap on your name.
- Select iCloud.
- Scroll down and select Advanced Data Protection.
- Then, choose to Turn On Advanced Data Protection.
Do note that you will be asked to configure the Account Recovery. If you have not done it already, follow the steps below.
- Open Settings and tap on your name at the top.
- Select Password & Security.
- Tap on Account Recovery.
- Choose Add Recovery Contact and then select it again.
- Use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock your device.
- Choose a contact of your choice.
- Tap on Add to save the contact as your recovery contact.
- Select Send to send the request to the contact.
- Tap Done.
Once you have set up the Account Recovery, follow the steps to enable Advanced Data Protection.
- Return to the Advanced Data Protection settings.
- Enable Advanced Data Protection.
- Follow the additional verification steps, including entering your Recovery Key and lock passcode.
- Once everything is set up, you will receive a confirmation that Advanced-Data Protection is enabled.
Enabling Advanced Data Protection for iCloud results in changes such as restricting access to your data only on your trusted devices. If you want to access your data on iCloud.com, you must first authorise temporary access using one of your trusted devices.
Also, if you have set up Family Sharing, all shared data will be encrypted, but all members must enable the feature on their devices. Moreover, using Shared Albums in Photos or collaborative files with “anyone with the link” will only have traditional data security measures, not end-to-end encryption.