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Someone can use your face when you don't realize to get into your phone.


smartphones come packed with accessibility features for people with vision, hearing, or mobility impairments. You can make the text on your screen larger or have the phone dictate what’s on the SCREEN. AssistiveTouch helps you use your iPhone if you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing the buttons.

These are essential tools for the people who need them, but there’s one setting that could put your security at risk. Face ID also has an accessibility feature to support people who are blind or have poor vision. With this setting, you don’t need to open your eyes to unlock your phone.

While some people need this, you shouldn’t use it if your vision isn’t impaired. Here’s where to find it:

    Go to Settings > Accessibility > Face ID & Attention.

    Make sure Require Attention for Face ID is enabled.

While this setting is enabled by default, someone with access to your phone could disable it and unlock it while you sleep. That’s a scary thought, so a quick check here is more than worth it.

Someone can use your face when you don't realize to get into your phone. Well, it isn’t effortless. While you're protected by default, a hidden setting in your phone allows this. I'll show you how to check it and keep your info private.


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