How to Enable Lockdown Mode on iPhone, iPad, and Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide


The worldwide launch of the iPhone 14 series coincided with the introduction of Apple’s current iOS 16 software update. Several new features are included in iOS 16, including an interactive lock screen and the ability to edit and send recently sent iMessages. But while many of the new features included in iOS 16 are not user-specific, the Lockdown Mode security feature provides additional protection for Apple device owners who may be at risk of targeted cyberattacks.

For the very few who may be personally targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats because of who they are or what they do, lockdown mode is an alternative extreme form of protection.

Your device will not work normally when Lockdown Mode is activated. Some programs, websites and features are carefully limited for security reasons and others may not be available at all, in order to reduce the attack surface that can be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware.

Lockdown Mode is available in iOS 16, iPadOS and macOS Ventura.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to enable Lockdown Mode on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to Enable Lockdown Mode on iPhone and iPad

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone
Step 2: Select Privacy & Security option
Step 3: Tap on Lockdown Mode under Security
Step 4: Now, tap on Turn on Lockdown Mode
Step 5: Then select Turn on and Restart option and enter the password of the device

How to Enable Lockdown Mode on Mac

Step 1: Open System Settings
Step 2: Click on Privacy & Security
Step 3: Then click on Lockdown Mode
Step 4: Turn on Lockdown Mode and restart the system.

How lockdown mode protects the device

Some applications and functions will behave differently when Lockdown Mode is activated, including:

  • Messages – All message attachment types saved for specific photos, videos, and audios are prohibited. Links and Link Preview are two features that are not available.
  • Web browsing – Complex web technologies may not work properly on some websites or may load more slowly because they are restricted. Additionally, web fonts may not appear and images may be replaced with an missing image symbol.
  • FaceTime – Incoming FaceTime calls are restricted if you haven’t already called the recipient or contact.
  • Apple Services – Unless you have already invited the person, incoming invitations to Apple services are declined, such as invitations to manage the home in the Home app.
  • Shared albums: The Photos app no ‚Äč‚Äčlonger supports shared albums and new invites to shared albums are also disabled. These shared albums are still accessible on other devices without lockdown mode turned on.
  • USB Accessories – Your device must be unlocked to be able to connect to a USB accessory or another computer.
  • Configuration Profile – When a device is in lockdown mode, neither a configuration profile nor mobile device management or device monitoring can be installed on it.

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