Apple's Digital Legacy Will Allow Users to Choose Legacy Contacts
With the latest iOS update, Apple is solving the most complicated problem - survivorship right. This comes into help when someone close to our family dies and we can’t either access their phone or their iCloud account. With the new program coming to iPhones, Macs, and iPads, the Digital Legacy program will allow you to choose up to 5 people as Legacy Contacts, who can access your personal iCloud data when you pass away.
For Digital Legacy activation, Apple needs an access key and death proof. This is a much-simplified process; else, it would require a court order to confirm inheritance rights and still no guarantee whether you can access the data.
Legacy Contact Set-up
- On iOS - Settings > [your name] > Password and Security.
- On Mac - System Preferences > Apple ID > Password and Security
- Follow instructions to add a Legacy Contact. In case you are using Family Sharing, you can select a family member from the list.
- Notify your Legacy Contact and share and access key through Messages - if accepted, access key copy is stored onto their Apple ID; else, you will receive a notification.
- When you add a Legacy Contact of a person not on iOS 15.2, another method must be provided.