iOS 15.2's Legacy Contact gives loved ones access to your data when you die

What you need to know

  • Apple's iOS 15.2 beta 2 adds support for Legacy Contact.
  • People can set a contact as someone who will gain access to their data when they die.

The feature is in beta now but will be available to everyone eventually.

Apple's iOS 15.2 beta 2 release brings with it the promised Legacy Contact feature, something that could make it easier for families to gain access to iCloud data when someone dies.

The feature is simple on the face of it — people designate a contact that will be able to gain access to all of their data when they die. Apple will require the access key and a death certificate in order to grant control of the data. The idea is that families won't lose photos, videos, and other information when a loved one dies — something that has been an issue historically.

Apple's description of the feature, dubbed Digital Legacy as a whole, reads:

The Digital Legacy program allows you to designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your account and personal information in the event of your death.

The feature was first announced during the WWDC event in June of this year and was originally planned for part of the iOS 15 release. That didn't happen, but it appears that iOS 15.2 will be the update that brings it to the masses.

Digital Legacy and Legacy Contacts can be configured via the Settings app after tapping your Apple ID at the top of the screen. Tapping "Password and Security" will unveil the new Legacy Contact settings.

People with any device running iOS 15.2 or later will be able to take advantage of the new feature and it could become one of the best iPhone features that people hope to never need. If you've ever lost data in this manner you'll know how important Digital Legacy could be for people in the future.

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