Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

iOS 15.2 Beta 2 Lets Your Family Access Your Data If You Pass Away

Legacy-contact-2When Apple first introduced iOS 15 in June, the company highlighted a new, extremely important and helpful feature. The new feature is termed the Digital Legacy feature and is designed to allow Apple users to set a person as their Legacy Contact, which gives that person access to your Apple ID account and personal information in the event of your death.

Although the feature was not quite ready when iOS 15 launched, the feature is available in the iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 betas that were released today. 

Below is information on the what, where, and how of the Legacy Contact feature: 

The Legacy Contact option can be accessed by opening up the Settings app, tap on your profile picture and then select "Password & Security." From there, choose "Legacy Contact" from the list and you can select a trusted person to access your account after you pass away.

The person will have access to your data, and the contact will need to provide an access key and a copy of a death certificate to use your ‌Apple ID‌ account. The feature is designed to give your loved ones access to your photos, videos, notes, documents, and other personal information.

See Juli Clover, iOS 15.2 Beta 2 Lets Your Family Access Your Data If You Pass Away, MacRumors, November 9, 2021. 

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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