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Easy Methods To Enable Data Protection On Your iPhone, iPad

March 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you a person using his iPhone or iPad to store so much of your official information? Then, are you curious about how to enable data protection on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Then, don’t worry, you are on the right track, as there are so many options available to do it, such as, setting a passcode, iOS 4 data protection etc. Well, this iOS 4 data protection protects the hardware encryption keys on your device, making email, attachments and third party apps much more secure. But, the bad news is that if you updated your iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3G, or original iPad from iOS 3 to iOS 4, then the data protection might not have been turned on even with the passcode. But don’t worry, here’s something for you! Just head on below for more!

How to enable data protection on iPhone, iPad

Method – 1 : How To Set a Passcode

Step – 1 : First, from the homescreen, click on “Settings” icon. And after that hit the “General” tab.

Step – 2 : Now, set the “Passcode Lock” to “OFF”.

Step – 3 : Then, click on Passcode Lock and then you’ll be prompted to enter a four-digit passcode.

Step – 4 : Also, after entering your four-digit code you’ll now see the following options;

  • Require Passcode : This allows you to select a time period that has to pass before the lock is enabled. If you don’t want to have to enter your code too frequently but still want some protection, you can set this to 15 minutes or even 1 hour or more.
  • Show SMS Preview : By default, this shows incoming text messages on your homescreen. Turning this feature to off will only display “New Text Message” on the home screen, which can keep the identity of your texter safe from snooping eyes if that’s a concern.
  • Erase Data : This simply erases all data on your iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. This is the nuclear option, but if you’re really worried about losing your iPhone and have really important data on it, it can be something to consider.

Step – 5 : After completed your settings, tap your “Home” button to exit.

That’s it! You have done it!

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Extra Tip : Also, you can set your passcode lock to erase your device after 10 failed attempts. Actually, that’s great if you ever lose your device but if you have young children who can get ahold of it, you might find yourself restoring your wiped device with frustrating frequency. Security is constantly at war with convenience, make your choice.

Method – 2 : How To Set a Stronger Passcode

Step – 1 : First, go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock Screen

Step – 2 : Now, switch the Simple Passcode toggle to OFF.

Step – 3 : Now, enter your current 4-digit numeric passcode to verify.

Step – 4 : Now, enter a new and strong alphanumeric passcode.

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NOTE : A combination of numbers, letters, and symbols is good, pseudorandom is even better but the difficulty in remembering it probably outweighs any benefit.

That’s it! You have done it!

Method – 3 : How To Check For Data Protection

NOTE : Now, as your passcode is activated, just check to be sure that you have data protection on. Actually, it should be on by default for all iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, and iPad 2 devices, but if you updated your iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3, or original iPad from iOS 3 to iOS 4 it might not be.

Step – 1 : First, go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock screen

Step – 2 : Now, scroll down to the very bottom and look for the text “Data Protection is enabled”.

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Step – 3 : Well, it’s there, then you’re good to go. But, if you haven’t then go for the tutorial below.

Method – 4 : How To Enable Data Protection If It’s Not On By Default

NOTE : Just keep one thing in mind that this is for iPhone 3GS (2009), iPod Touch 3G (2009), and original iPad (2010) if “Data protection enabled” isn’t showing up on the “Settings” screen.

Step – 1 : First, you’ll need to restore your iOS device from backup. Just follow our step by step guidelines posted in the link below to do this.

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Step – 2 : Once your backup devices has been completed before restoring, then select “Restore from backup” in order to get all your data back onto your device.

Step – 3 : After completed, sync and then check the “Settings” screen again to be sure data protection is activated now.

That’s it! You have done it!

Well, if you’ll find any difficulty while going through the above steps, then don’t hesitate, just write to us in our comment section below. Also, if you are successful in performing the above, then just don’t forget to share your views and comments on this with us.


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Hello Friends ! This is Prativa, a full time writer who covers breaking Apple News and writes all the things about iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac OS X exclusively for 3noobs.com. I love descriptive writing. Apart from that I have great interest on Science related topics as I was a Science student.

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