How to Prevent Others from Accessing Private Information from Your Lock Screen

How to Prevent Others from Accessing Private Information from Your Lock Screen

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Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else. If your settings allow for it, anyone can access your call history, send a tweet, or get directions to a contact's home from your lock screen just by bringing up Siri and asking.


If the idea of anyone being able to access this information from your lock screen freaks you out, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, enter your passcode, and scroll down to Allow Access When Locked and toggle Siri off.

You can still ask Siri to sort your call history for you, tweet, and send messages, as well as do a host of other things, just not from the lock screen.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.