How To Use Lockdown Mode on iOS 16?


If there’s one thing that Apple doesn’t fall short on, it’s the security of the iPhones. Both the hardware and the software stand out in terms of efficiency and performance. To further strengthen security, Apple has launched the new “Lockdown Mode” to their en suite of devices.

The primary feature and significance of this feature is to protect the devices against prevalent cyberattacks. With high-grade security features, the enabled lockdown mode will immediately detect unwarranted activity in the device and limit the damage to ensure that there aren’t any potential risks or damage in the device.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about the Lockdown mode and how to use it.

What is the Lockdown Mode on iOS 16?

The Lockdown mode is an additional (and optional) security feature that Apple has introduced with their new iOS 16, macOS Ventura, and iPad OS 16. The primary function of this app is to limit any potential cybercrime threat immediately to secure the data optimally.

The feature manifests in multiple ways when it detects any potential risk of cyberattacks. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Messages app – Blocks out most of the important attachments except images. Link previews are also blocked.
  • Complex web technologies – Toggles off most of these technologies that contribute to the performance of the device involving JavaScript compilation. Doing so protects the device against malware threats.
  • Facetime – Any kind of unauthorized incoming Facetime calls won’t be answered unless the user approves them by themselves.
  • Connectivity – Users won’t be able to connect their Apple device to an external device using an accessory connectivity option.
  • Configuration profiles – don’t allow download and installation of the various configuration profiles, especially for enterprise devices.

These minimal features might not seem too strict, especially during a cyber-attack. However, these do add up to secure your Apple device exponentially, thereby protecting it against multiple risks that prevail on the internet.

How to Use the Lockdown Mode on iOS 16?

Now that you have a basic understanding of the lockdown mode, let us walk you through the steps involved in using this particular feature.

If you wish to enable this feature, follow the steps mentioned:

  1. Unlock your iPhone and open the Settings
  2. Navigate to Privacy and Settings
  3. Scroll down to the bottom until you find the Lockdown mode feature
  4. Tap on Turn on Lockdown Mode
  5. Once you select it, you will need to restart the iPhone to confirm the new Settings and have it triggered during times of need.


Enabling this feature won’t impact your iPhone’s usability at all. It won’t restrict your phone’s usage or limit any of the features that you normally use. However, if the iPhone detects any unusual activity in it, the feature will be triggered and some of the data-sensitive apps and functions will be disabled immediately. If you don’t want that burden for yourself, you can keep the feature disabled for good. However, we’d recommend that you try out the feature given the kind of benefits it has.

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