How to Set Up Apple Digital Legacy to Ensure Your Digital Data is Passed On

Don’t let your digital memories disappear after you pass away. With Apple Digital Legacy, you can set up to five trusted friends or family members to have access to your iCloud data after your death. This blog will guide you through the steps to set up your Legacy Contacts and explain what data they will have access to.

How to Set Up Legacy Contacts

Note that the functionality is still in beta testing, so the steps may change when it’s officially rolled out. If you’re using iOS 15.2 Developer Beta, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your name at the top of the app.
  3. Select “Security.”
  4. Tap on “Legacy Contact” to start the setup process.
  5. Select family members if you have Family Sharing set up, or add others via phone number or email.
  6. Repeat for up to five legacy contacts.

Once you’ve added your legacy contacts, share the passkey generated during setup with them. The contact must accept the invitation before gaining access to your digital data. If they decline, you’ll be notified so you can choose someone else. You can also choose to print the password, save it as a PDF, or include a copy with your will.

What Data Your Legacy Contacts Will Have Access To

Your legacy contacts will have access to your iCloud data, which includes photos, videos, documents, and other digital assets stored on iCloud. They won’t be able to access any data on your device.


What if I want to remove a legacy contact?

You can remove a legacy contact at any time by going to “Settings” > “Security” > “Legacy Contacts” > “Remove Contact.”

Can I change legacy contacts anytime?

Yes, you can change which contacts have access to your digital data at any time by removing existing contacts and adding new ones.

Can my legacy contacts access my iCloud data before my death?

No, legacy contacts will only be granted access to your iCloud data after your death.

What if I don’t want to use Apple Digital Legacy?

If you don’t want to use Apple Digital Legacy, you can choose to leave your digital assets to someone in your will or have your accounts terminated after your death.

Final Remarks

Setting up Apple Digital Legacy is a simple way to ensure your digital memories are passed on to trusted loved ones after you pass away. Don’t let them disappear forever – take a few minutes to set up your Legacy Contacts today.

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