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When Apple announced iOS 15 back in June at its WWDC event, there was plenty of stuff to choose from. Some of the additions are still to arrive, but it looks like the next expected update, iOS 15.2, could bring one of the key features: Digital Legacy. 

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Now, I don’t want to sound morbid, but have you thought about what happens when you die? I’m not asking if you’ve set up a payment plan to cover your funeral or left a will. Although, seriously, do those left behind a favour and leave a will.

No, I’m asking about your online legacy. There are numerous stories of people who can’t access the iPhone of someone who’s just died, so they are locked out of precious memories like photos, for instance. 

With the new Digital Legacy feature, users will be able to ensure that those left behind after you’ve gone are able to access what’s on your iPhone, instead of being locked out because they can’t guess your password.

Apple has always refused to share a user’s password because of its emphasis on privacy, but it’s clearly also sympathetic to the idea that your data shouldn’t vanish forever when, forgive me, you do. 

Digital Legacy is the solution and it works like this. 

With this program you can designate as many as five people as Legacy Contacts so passing on data and personal information stored on iCloud becomes easy instead of impossible. On the iPhone or iPad, you go to Settings and find Password & Security, which is found when you tap on the tile with your name on, at the top of the front page of Settings. 

Here, providing you’re running iOS 15.2 (the upcoming general release version or the public beta which is available now), you’ll see an entry marked Legacy Contact. Add the details of the person you’d like to have access to your iCloud content after you’re gone. 

That’s stage one. Stage two is to let your chosen contact know about this, and to do this, you can send them a message via the Messages app. You…

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