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iOS 17.4: How to Give Your iPhone’s Stolen Device Protection a Boost

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Apple released iOS 17.4 on Tuesday, and the update brought new features and bug fixes to your iPhone, like new emoji for everyone and the ability for people in the EU to download other app stores. But it also gives you more control over the security of your iPhone with more Stolen Device Protection settings.

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Read more: What to know about your iPhone’s Stolen Device Protection feature

Stolen Device Protection was introduced in iOS 17.3, and according to CNET’s David Lumb, it puts an extra layer of security on some of your sensitive data. If you’re not in a familiar location like your home, the feature requires you to enter your biometric information once, wait one hour and then enter your information a second time to access and change some information — like changing your Apple ID password or turning Stolen Device Protection off. 

However, if you frequent a coffee shop or live in an apartment building and you lose your iPhone at one of these places, your data could still be at risk. Your iPhone might recognize these places as familiar locations and allow another person to bypass this security feature. But with iOS 17.4, you can set your iPhone to always require the one-hour security delay, no matter where you are.

Here’s how to make Stolen Device Protection always on.

How to always require one-hour security delay

1. Open Settings 
2. Tap Face ID & Passcode
3. Scroll down and tap Stolen Device Protection 
4. Tap the toggle next to Stolen Device Protection if it’s not already enabled. If it’s already enabled go to the next step
5. Tap Always under Require Security Delay

Now, whether or not you’re in a familiar location like your home, your device will always require the one-hour security delay if you or someone else tries to access or change certain settings on your iPhone. 

However, Stolen Device Protection only protects a handful of settings, so you still have to take steps to protect your other information. For example, Apple notes you can still use your iPhone’s passcode to make purchases with Apple Pay, so Stolen Device Protection won’t totally protect your finances.

Apple still recommends everyone turn Stolen Device Protection on, even if you don’t always require the one-hour security delay. 

For more on Apple, here are the new features to land on your iPhone with iOS 17.4, why you should download the update now and our iOS 17 cheat sheet.

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