Privacy & Security

How to Find a Lost iPhone, Even If It's Dead or Offline (2022)

We’ll even show you how to find a lost iPhone without Find My iPhone!

Learn how to find a dead iPhone by enabling the Find My iPhone last known location feature, how to find the last location of an iPhone, even if it's dead or offline, what to do once you've located your lost iPhone, and how to find an iPhone without Find My iPhone.

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How to Find a Dead iPhone: Set Up Find My iPhone Last Known Location

Does Find My iPhone work when a phone is dead? Yes, if you've set up the Find My iPhone last known location feature. If you don't have this feature turned on, it will be much harder to find an iPhone that is dead. The catch is that you need to have turned this feature on before your iPhone was lost.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on your name.

  3. Tap Find My.

  4. Tap Find My iPhone.

  5. Toggle on Send Last Location, which will automatically send the location of your device to Apple when its battery is low. 

    Send last location

Pro Tip: You can also use Find My to set up alerts on your Apple Watch so that you never forget your phone. These can be set up for your phone and other devices and items.

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How to Find a Lost iPhone: The Basics

In this section we'll show you how to find a lost iPhone that is dead using the Find My app or iCloud.com. If your iPhone is dead, you'll be directed to the last place your iPhone was located before the battery died. If your lost iPhone is offline but not dead, then the Find My app will find the lost iPhone's current location using nearby Apple devices. 

You have three options for how to find the last location of an iPhone using Find My. Once you've found the location of your lost iPhone, the steps are the same: 

Note: If your iPhone is turned on and in the same location as you, you don’t need the Find My app, instead, you can ping a lost iPhone with an Apple Watch or use Siri to find your lost iPhone

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Different Apple Device

If you own an iPad or Mac or you share your location with a Family Sharing Group and have access to an iPhone, iPad, or Mac belonging a group member, you can use one of those devices to find your lost iPhone even if it's dead. 

  1. Open the Find My app on the device you're using.

  2. Tap the Devices tab.

  3. A map will pop up with a list of your Find My-enabled devices.
  4. Select your iPhone from the list of devices.

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How to Find a Dead iPhone with iCloud.com

If you need to track your iPhone using iCloud.com's Find My iPhone app from a laptop or desktop web browser, here’s how:

  1. Open a browser and go to icloud.com.
  2. Sign in using your Apple ID and password.

  3. If prompted, click Allow to allow use of iCloud.com on the device you're using and complete two-factor authorization.

  4. Click the Find iPhone app icon.

  5. Select All Devices at the top and choose your missing iPhone.

  6. The map will display where your lost iPhone is located.

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How to Find a Lost iPhone with Someone Else's iPhone

When using a different iPhone tied to someone else's Apple ID to find a lost iPhone that is dead, don't sign out from their ID in Settings; use the Me tab in the Find My app to log in remotely. Don't forget to sign out when you're done so that you don't stay signed in on your friend's iPhone.

  1. Open the Find My app on your friend's iPhone.

  2. Select the Me tab.

  3. Scroll down and tap Help A Friend.

  4. You will be asked to log into iCloud. If prompted to log in using Touch or Face ID, select Use Different Apple ID at the bottom of the pop-up notification.
  5. Log in using your own Apple ID and password.
  6. When prompted to save your password, select Not Now.
  7. To find your lost iPhone, tap on it in the list of devices that appears at the bottom of the screen.

  8. The screen will display a circle around the area where your iPhone is located, and will zoom in if necessary.

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How to Recover a Lost iPhone Once You've Located It

It's important to note that if you suspect your iPhone has been stolen, you should contact local authorities. Please do not attempt to recover the stolen phone yourself, but instead follow our guide for what to do if your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, as these steps will be different from those needed to find a lost phone with the Find My last known location feature.

  1. If your lost iPhone is dead or turned off, it will appear on the map as an iPhone with a black screen, and you'll see red text in the sidebar telling you when the Find My iPhone last known location was saved. 

  2. If your iPhone is turned on, it will appear with an active (colorful) Home screen, and you'll see a battery icon shown in the sidebar showing remaining battery life.

  3. Use the map to locate your iPhone if it's nearby, or tap on Directions to get Apple Maps directions for your lost iPhone's location if it's farther away.

  4. If the iPhone is offline but not dead, you can tap Play Sound to help you locate your iPhone when you get close to it.

  5. If the iPhone is dead, you can swipe up on the sidebar and toggle on Notify When Found to send notifications and a location update to your iPad the next time your lost iPhone is turned on.

  6. Lost Mode will remotely lock your device and display a custom message with a phone number where you can be reached in case someone finds your lost iPhone. Learn more about what Lost Mode does

  7. Erase iPhone should only be used if you think your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, and then only after certain other steps.

How accurate is Find My iPhone? Quite! Read about it here.

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How to Find a Lost iPhone without Find My iPhone

Unfortunately, if you don’t have Find My iPhone enabled, you’ll need to resort to retracing your steps to find an iPhone last known location, unless you’ve enabled location history for Google Maps. Location history with Google maps will be able to tell you the last location of your lost iPhone even without Find My iPhone. If you haven't enabled Google Maps location history, consider doing it now in case you lose the phone in the future.

  1. Head over to www.google.com/maps/timeline.
  2. Make sure you’re logged into your Google account.
  3. Select the date your iPhone went missing.
  4. Check your last location and go get that phone! 

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How to Hide Apps on iPhone (2022 Update)

Learn how to hide apps on the iPhone and why you might want to, plus which apps you can and can’t hide in iOS 15.

Can you hide apps on iPhone? Absolutely! We'll show you how to hide an app on your iPhone using several different methods, each with its own benefits based on why you want to hide the app in the first place. Keep reading to learn how to hide apps for privacy or other reasons.

Related: How to Find Hidden or Missing Apps on iPhone

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Why Hide Apps on iPhone?

Sometimes you need to hide apps on iPhone from others who might snoop, or from yourself if you're addicted to a particular game or to checking your Facebook notifications like I am. With Smart Suggestions for apps, you can request that an app not be suggested (thereby hiding the app). You can also hide an app on your iPhone by using app folders. To take it even further, you can hide the app from iPhone Search and in your iPhone’s App Store purchase history. You can even get rid of most of Apple’s pre-installed apps and hide the App Store itself while you’re at it.

Where Do Apps Go When You Hide Them on iPhone?

Unless you completely remove an app from your iPhone by deleting it, the app will always be stored in the App Library on the right-most page of your iPhone Home screen. At the very least, this means you can either search the App Library to find the missing app on your iPhone, or use Spotlight Search to find it. So rest assured that as you work through the many methods in this article for how to hide apps on iPhone, you'll still be able to locate the app when you need it! Each section will give you additional details on where apps are located when you use the hiding method outlined in that section.

How to Remove Apps from Home Screen Using Siri & Search

In this section, we’ll show you how to hide apps on iPhone in Settings, plus how to unhide a hidden app when needed. Don't worry; when you remove apps from the Home screen, you can still find them with Search, in the App Library, and in Settings. Here's how to hide apps on iPhone Home screen using Settings.

  1. Open Settings.


     
  2. Tap Siri & Search.​

    Tap Siri & Search
     
  3. Scroll down to the app section and select the app you want to hide.

    Tap on the app you wish to hide from Search
     
  4. Toggle off Show on Home Screen. When you're done, the toggle should appear gray.

    Hide app from iPhone Home Screen

To unhide apps on your iPhone from the Home screen, repeat this process, but instead of toggling Show on Home screen off, toggle it back on.

How to Hide Apps from Smart Suggestions

Smart Suggestions uses Siri's intelligence to predict and suggest apps or shortcut suggestions for your use based on your usage patterns. However, this does mean that you may see suggestions for apps you'd rather not use as often (anyone else trying to cut back on Pokémon GO?), or that you use so often that you already have a separate widget set up for them and don't need to see them in suggestions. Here's how to hide apps from being suggested by Smart Suggestions:

  1. Your Suggestions widget will look like a normal cluster of app icons on your iPhone Home screen.


     
  2. Press and hold the icon for the app you'd like to hide from Suggestions.

    Tap and hold the icon for the app you want to hide form Smart Suggestions
     
  3. A menu will pop up. Tap Don't Suggest "[app name]" and you'll see a bottom message pop up.

    Tap on the don't suggest app option
     
  4. Tap on the red option that says Don't Suggest "[app name]" and give your phone a second or two to respond.

    Confirm your don't suggest the app choice at the bottom of screen.

You've just hidden this app from Smart Suggestions! Don't worry, the app is still on your phone, it's just not going to pop up in your Smart Suggestions widget anymore. 

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How to Hide Apps Using the App Library

Your iPhone will include the App Library if you are running iOS 14 or iOS 15. We have a list of which devices can update to the latest iOS located here, so if you're using an iPhone 5, iPhone 6, or a similar older model, you may want to review the list. Here's how to hide apps in the iPhone App Library, which allows you to store it away from your Home screen.

  1. Press and hold the app icon for the app you want to hide.

    Hide an app by sending it to the app library - press and hold on the app icon
     
  2. A menu will pop up. Tap on Remove App.

    Tap on Remove App
     
  3. A second menu will appear. Tap on Move to App Library.

    Tap on Move to App Library

This will hide the app in the iPhone App Library. Since it's easy to find hidden apps in the App Library, you can always change your mind and add it back to your Home screen later. If you're interested, here's more guidance on the App Library. If you're hiding apps you don't often use, you can check out our article on offloading unused apps to see how your iPhone can get rid of these apps for you.

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Related: How to Make a Private Photo Album to Hide Pictures on iPhone

Can I Hide Apps from the App Library?

Since the App Library is meant to be an all-inclusive list of installed apps, it's not possible to hide an app from the App Library if it's installed on your device. This means that in order to hide an app from the App Library, it would have to be deleted and then reinstalled each time the user needs it. In rare instances this may be a necessary option, but for most people this won't be practical.

If you have decided to use this option, visit our article on how to delete and uninstall apps, or follow the above step on this page and select "Delete App" when the menu appears.

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How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone Using App Folders

The best way to hide apps within a folder is to fill the first pages of the folder with apps that you’re not trying to hide.

  1. Choose a folder that already exists on your iPhone (preferably a boring one, like Utilities) or create a new app folder.

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  2. Press and hold any app icon until the Action Menu appears
  3. Select Edit Home Screen.

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  4. Hold and drag the app you’re hiding into the folder of your choice.


     
  5. Drag the app to the right so you can place it on the second page of the folder (only the apps on the first page of the folder are visible on the Home screen).


     
  6. If you really want to hide apps deep down in your folders, you can create up to 12 pages in a folder as long as each page has one app. That means you could have a folder with 11 pages of apps you only sometimes use, and hide your app or apps on the twelfth page.

This method obviously doesn’t completely hide apps on your iPhone, but it sure makes it hard to accidentally come across them.​

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How to Hide Apps from iPhone Search

Even if you hide apps deep in a folder on your iPhone, someone who is determined to snoop could quickly find your hidden apps using Search. That's why it’s good to know how to hide apps from iPhone Search as well. In this section we'll use your Settings app to thoroughly hide your app, including from Search.

  1. Open Settings.


     
  2. Tap Siri & Search.​

    Tap Siri & Search
     
  3. Scroll down to the app section and select the app you want to hide.

    Tap on the app you wish to hide from Search
     
  4. Toggle off Learn from this App, Suggest App, Show App in SearchShow Content in Search, and both toggles labeled Suggest Shortcuts for App. Some toggles may disappear as you go, but this is normal. Just toggle off any toggles that remain as you go down the list.

    Toggle off all toggles to fully exclude this app from Search and Suggestions.

Repeat for any other apps you want to hide from iPhone Search. To find and unhide an app in iPhone Search, go back to Siri & Search in the Settings app, tap on the app, and toggle Siri Suggestions back on.

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How to Hide Apps on the iPhone from Your App Store Purchase History

If you have Family Sharing enabled, anyone in your Family Group can see and download the apps you’ve purchased and downloaded. If you want to keep some of your apps private, you can hide them from your App Store purchase history. Don't worry, you can always find hidden app purchases later, when you need to!

  1. Open the App Store.​​

    Open App Store
     
  2. Tap on the profile icon or your photo in the upper right corner.


     
  3. Tap Purchased.​


     
  4. Find the app you want to hide.

    Find app to hide
     
  5. Swipe left on the app.

    Swipe to the left
     
  6. Tap Hide.

    Tap Hide
     
  7. Repeat for any other apps you want to hide.
  8. Tap Done in the upper right corner.

    Tap Done

Note: This will not delete or hide the app on your iPhone or iPad. This method only hides the app within your purchase history inside the App Store. You also can’t hide app subscriptions from the Family Organizer in Family Sharing, even if you hide the app from Purchases. Need to find hidden App Store purchases? No worries, it's easy.

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    Can You Hide Apps on the iPhone That Come Pre-installed?

    In many cases, Apple allows users to hide Apple apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone. Apple stock apps are hidden the way third-party apps are deleted. But you’re actually just deleting the app’s icon, because the app’s data is not removed.

    1. From Home screen, tap and hold the app you want to hide.
    2. When the Action Menu opens, select Delete App.


       
    3. If Delete App is missing from the Action Menu, then the app can’t be deleted.*
    4. Repeat this process for all the stock apps that you want removed.
    5. If you decide you need any of these apps in the future, simply re-download them from the App Store to get them back.

    Note: While you can delete some apps, such as the Calculator and Music apps, others, like the App Store and Camera apps, cannot be deleted.

    Now that you know how to hide an app on iPhone in a variety of ways, you can decide which method works best for your purposes! And just in case you hide an app too well, we can show you how to find hidden apps on iPhone as well.

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    iPhone Virus Warning: How to Get Rid of Fake Apple Security Alerts (2022)

    Whatever you do, don't tap on any fake iPhone virus links or pop-ups! We'll teach you how to handle it instead.

    It can be alarming when you're browsing a website and a pop-up appears warning you of an iPhone virus! Virus warnings and Apple security alerts like these are scams designed to get you to call or tap on a link. Read on to learn how to safely stop these scams by turning on pop-up blocker settings.

    Related: 10 Tips to Protect Your iPhone From Hackers

    Why You’ll Love This Tip

    • Protect yourself from fraudulent virus warnings and phishing sites that can infect your iPhone with malware or trick you into giving away personal data.
    • Block annoying pop-ups that interrupt your web browsing on Safari. 

    How to Get Rid of Fake iPhone Virus Warnings

    If you get a virus warning in a pop-up, the first thing to remember is that Apple doesn't send out messages like these; don't tap on it or call any numbers listed on the fake alert. Don't even tap on the pop-up to close it! Some scam alerts seem to have an X or Close option that only resembles a close button but will actually direct you to the phishing site. Instead, follow the steps below:

    1. Do NOT tap anywhere on the pop-up. Instead, tap the tab icon.

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    2. Tap the X button on the tab or swipe up to safely close it. 

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    3. Open the Settings app.


       
    4. Toggle on Airplane Mode; this temporarily disconnects your phone from the internet so you can reset Safari while blocking unwanted access to your iPhone.


       
    5. Scroll down and tap Safari.


       
    6. Tap Clear History and Website Data.

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    7. While in Safari settings, it's a good idea to make sure Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning are also toggled on.

      pop up blocker and fraudulent website warning settings
       
    8. Tap on Settings in the upper-left corner. 

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    9. Toggle Airplane Mode back off.

    Now you can open Safari again; at this point, Apple virus scams shouldn't be appearing anymore. If you didn't click on or interact with the fake virus warning, all should be well with your iPhone. If you're curious to learn more about iPhone security, we've also published other articles about iPhone viruses, including Can iPhones Get Viruses, which includes how to get rid of a virus on iPhone. We've also written about ways to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft and how to set up two-factor authentication!

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    How to Keep iPhone Screen On: Auto-Lock on iPhone & iPad (2022)

    Learn how to turn off Sleep mode on iPhone and other fixes for when your iPhone screen turns off too fast.

    This article will tell you how to stop your iPhone from going to sleep too quickly. If you want to change your Lock screen settings to turn off Auto-Lock or change how quickly your screen dims, we'll cover that as well. In addition to "why does my screen turn off so fast?" you may also be wondering, "why is Auto-Lock grayed out on my iPhone?" We'll tell you why this happens, and how to fix it.

    Related: How to Write Notes Directly from the Lock Screen on Your iPhone

    Related Video: Customize What You Can Access from Lock Screen

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    What Is Auto-Lock on the iPhone & iPad?

    What is Auto-Lock? Auto-Lock on an iPhone, or Sleep mode, dims the screen after a set amount of time in order to extend iPhone battery life and prevent others from accessing your unlocked iPhone. Auto-Lock activates a screen timeout after a set number of seconds or minutes unless you disable Auto-Lock. In the same way that your computer goes to sleep after a set amount of time, the iPhone, too, will dim the screen so that the battery life is conserved. If you disable Auto-Lock to get rid of your automatic screen lock time, it will cut into your battery life.

    I’ve changed my iPad Auto-Lock time most often when cooking with a recipe as I need to easily be able to see the next step without covering my iPad in food. You can change Auto-Lock settings for tasks like this, and then easily change it back when you're done. However, you also have the option to turn off Auto-Lock altogether. If your iPhone keeps shutting off, use the tips below to change your iPhone or iPad's Auto-Lock time. To learn more great iPhone and iPad tips, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

    Related: How to Find Your iPhone Even If It’s Dead 

    How to Change Screen Lock Time on Your iPhone & iPad 

    The most effective way to stop your iPhone from sleeping is to change your iPhone sleep timer. Auto-Lock is an easy feature to change in Settings. You select 30 seconds all the way to 5 minutes before your screen locks; you can also choose to set Auto-Lock to Never, essentially turning Auto-Lock off. Your iPhone's screen lock time is, by default, set to 30 seconds.  

    How to Change Auto-Lock (Sleep Mode) on the iPhone & iPad 

    1. Open the Settings app.

    2. Tap Display & Brightness.

    3. Select Auto-Lock.

    4. Set the timer to the time that works best for you.

      auto lock settings

    If you attempted to change your Auto-Lock time and suddenly panicked because it’s grayed out—take a deep breath and proceed to the tip after next. Don’t worry; it’s an easy fix.

    How to Fix a Grayed-Out Auto-Lock on Your iPhone

    Auto-Lock on your iPhone will be grayed out when Low Power Mode is on. Low Power Mode on the iPhone and iPad forces Auto-Lock to remain at thirty seconds to conserve battery life. To stop Auto-Lock from being grayed out, all you need to do is turn Low Power Mode off. If you follow our tip for how to turn on Hey Siri, you can activate Siri and say, “Turn off Low Power Mode.” Or, you can use the tip below to manually turn Low Power Mode off. Once you’ve turned Low Power Mode off, navigate back to the Auto-Lock setting, and you’ll be able to change it to whatever time you prefer.

    To fix grayed out Auto-Lock setting and stop your iPhone or iPad from sleeping when you don't want it to:

    1. You can say, "Hey, Siri, turn off Low Power Mode”.

      hey siri turn off low power mode
    2. Alternately, open the Settings app.

    3. Tap Battery.

    4. Toggle off Low Power Mode.

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    Now you can navigate back to Auto-Lock in Display & Brightness and change the Auto-Lock time. If interested, you can also learn this nifty shortcut to switch between your open apps on your iPhone. 

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    How to Clear Cookies from the Safari App on Your iPhone & iPad

    Clear your cache to save storage space and protect your privacy while browsing.

    When you delete cookies from Safari on your iPhone or iPad, you free up storage space and improve your device's performance speeds. Clearing the cache and deleting cookies can also help safeguard your online privacy! We'll show you how to clear your cache and cookies, plus how to disable cookies for future browsing if you choose to do so.

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    Related: How to Hide Apps on iPhone (& How to Find Them Later on)

    What Are Cookies on the iPhone or iPad?

    Cookies are pieces of data placed on your iPhone or iPad (or any other device on which you browse the internet) by the websites you visit in order to enhance your browsing experience. From helping you retain login information to tracking what sites you typically visit or what items you are interested in on Amazon, cookies and their associated data can make your web experience quicker, smoother, and more intuitive. After a while though, cookies and their saved data can take up valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad and diminish overall performance. To learn other ways to improve your Apple devices' performance, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

    Keep in mind, though, that clearing cookies on your iPhone will delete saved logins and other website information.

    How to Clear Cache on iPhone or iPad & Delete Cookies

    If you're ready to free up storage space on your iPhone by deleting cookies and clearing your cache, here's how to go about it:

    1. Open the Settings app.


       
    2. Scroll down and tap Safari.

      Tap Safari
       
    3. Tap Clear History and Website Data.


       
    4. A confirmation window will pop up.
    5. Tap Clear History and Data.

      Confirm delete cookies

    And that's it! Remember that after you delete cookies on your iPhone or iPad, you will be logged out of any accounts you were signed into.

    How to Disable Cookies on iPhone or iPad

    You can also permanently disable cookies on iPhone or iPad if you wish. Keep in mind that this may prevent websites from working properly. A good alternative to permanently disabling cookies on iPhone or iPad, if you want to prevent cookies from accumulating, is to turn on Private Browsing from within your Safari browser. But if you'd like to try disabling all cookie collection, here's how:

    1. Open the Settings app.


       
    2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.

      Tap Safari
       
    3. Tap the Block All Cookies toggle to enable this feature. The toggle will be green when the feature is enabled.

      Block all cookies

    Now you know why cookies matter, and how to clear storage space by deleting saved cookie and cache data!

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    How to Update Autofill Credit Card Information on an iPhone

    Need to delete or edit a debit or credit card in Safari AutoFill settings on your iPhone or iPad? Here's how to update and save your new credit card info.

    You can save credit card information on your iPhone using AutoFill to make online purchases with the Safari browser. If you have iCloud set up and iCloud Keychain enabled, iCloud Keychain securely stores AutoFill information across all your devices. Here's how to edit and change credit card info in AutoFill.

    Related: Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Autofill in Safari

    How to Change Autofill Credit Card Information on Your iPhone & iPad (for Safari)

    We've already gone over how to autofill credit card information in the Wallet app with your iPhone's camera, how to enable iCloud keychain on your iPhone, and how to use iCloud keychain to create strong passwords. For more great, free iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's learn how to update the credit card information in AutoFill for Safari. 

    1. Open the Settings app.


       
    2. Tap Safari.


       
    3. Tap AutoFill.


       
    4. Tap Saved Credit Cards. You may need to enter your passcode or use Face or Touch ID to verify your identity.


       
    5. Tap Add Credit Card. Tap Use Camera to scan the card, or enter the data manually.


       
    6. When finished, tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen.


       
    7. To edit a credit card you've already entered, tap on the name of the card. 


       
    8. Tap Edit, then update the card information and tap Done.

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    9. Or, tap Delete Credit Card, then Done to remove the card. 

    Now you can save or change your credit card information with AutoFill via Safari settings!

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