With the release of the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 update, Apple introduced Lockdown mode, providing users with an "maximum" level of security. In this article, we explain what Lockdown mode is, exactly what it does, and how to enable it.

Lockdown Mode, a new optional security feature designed to protect users who may be at risk of highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing state-sponsored spyware.

The feature targets a very small number of users who can be targets of cyber attacks, such as journalists, activists and government employees, and it is not only up to them, but any user can enable this layer of protection feature on their devices and Apple calls it the “extreme” level, meaning the maximum achievable from Safety.

Lock mode protection

When enabled, Lockdown mode strictly limits or disables the functionality of features, apps, and websites. Insurance status protection includes:

In the Messages app, most types of message attachments other than images are blocked, and some features like link previews are also unavailable.

Incoming FaceTime calls from people you have not contacted before are blocked. Invitations to other Apple services from people you haven't invited before are also blocked.

Some web technologies and browsing features are disabled, unless the user has excluded a trusted site from locked mode. This protection applies to Safari and all other web browsers that use the WebKit library on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Shared albums will be removed from the Photos app, and invitations to new shared albums will be blocked.

When the device is locked, wired connections with other devices or accessories are blocked.

Configuration profiles also cannot be installed while locked mode is on.

How to enable lock mode on iPhone and iPad

Lockdown mode is turned off by default on the iPhone and iPad, and you can enable it through Settings, then Privacy & Security, scroll to the bottom of the list and under the “Security” section, click on “Lockdown Mode.”

Read the information on the screen, then tap Turn on Lockdown Mode.

Review the protection list and then you can turn on afterwards.

Apple has added a new category to its Security Bounty program to reward researchers who find any vulnerabilities in Lockdown and help improve protection, so expect new, stronger protections to be added over time.

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