By default, iOS allows anyone with access to your iPhone to send text messages, view tons of old notifications, and mess with some of your settings right on your lock screen. Don’t worry though, here are three easy ways to make your lock screen a safe place like it should be.
The following is a transcript of our Three Ways to Secure Your iPhone's Lock Screen video, which is embedded above.
You may not know it, but out of the box the lock screen on your iPhone, or any iOS device for that matter, pretty much defeats the purpose of protecting your device with a passcode. By default, iOS allows anyone with access to your iPhone to send text messages, view tons of old notifications, and mess with some of your settings. Don’t worry though, there’s an easy way to make your lock screen a safe place like it should be. This is three ways to secure your iPhone’s lock screen, a Warenotice video.
Number 1: Disable Siri on the lock screen. Yes, I know it may be convenient to have Siri at your beckoning call whenever you want without unlocking your device, but it isn’t worth it. For instance, any person with access to your iPhone can easily send a text message to anyone without unlocking your device by using Siri.
So, to disable Siri on the lock screen, head to Settings and tap Touch ID & Passcode, or just simply Passcode if your iOS device doesn’t have Touch ID. Then, enter your password and scroll down to the section titled Allow Access When Locked. Lastly turn off the switch next to Siri.
Number 2: Disable Notification Center on the lock screen. Notification center stores a ton of different widgets from various apps like Calendar and Reminders in addition to displaying several apps’ worth of missed notifications. For these reasons, you really should disable Notification Center on the lock screen so that people cannot access all of this information without unlocking your iPhone.
To disable it, open Settings and go back to the Touch ID & Passcode or simply Passcode page that we were in before. Then, after entering your password again, scroll down to the section from earlier, which is called Allow Access When Locked. Finally turn off the switches next to Today and Notification View, which are the two different sections of Notification Center.
Number 3: Disable Control Center on the lock screen. Control Center, the quick action menu that appears in iOS when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, definitely needs to be kept away from the lock screen. Afterall, it allows you to toggle many different settings, such as turning on Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth, without unlocking your iPhone. Additionally, really mean pranksters could even open up the World Clock with Control Center, still without needing your iPhone’s passcode, go to the Alarm section, and turn off your alarm. Then, you won’t wake up on time for work or school or whatever it is that you have to wake up for, and that could obviously lead to problems.
So to disable Control Center from appearing on the lock screen go back to Settings and tap Control Center. Then turn off the switch next to Access on Lock Screen.