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As people around the world take part in protests and demonstrations around the world in support of Black Lives Matter and to honor the doomed George Floyd, some encounter resistance from law enforcement. If you are arrested while participating, here’s how to make sure your iPhone can’t be unlocked without a PIN.
My colleague Georgina Ustik recommends that you do not bring your phone at all, or bring a cheap burner phone with tracking disabled, so if your phone is lost or stolen it will not hurt you too much. An iPhone is an expensive device, so my first recommendation to you all to participate in the protests is to leave it at home.
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That being said, if you take your iPhone with you to protest, make sure that biometrics ̵
Sure, you can make it so that the police can’t legally force you to use your finger or face to unlock your phones, as it can be considered a violation of your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. But indulge me at least tell you how you can prevent it, in the whole, very incredible scenario of the police violating your rights if, say, you were arrested during a protest.
How do you do that?
The iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature, which can be accessed by holding down the alarm button and one of the volume buttons, allows you to quickly contact emergency services and send a message to your emergency contacts. But it also disables biometrics, which means you have to enter a password or password to unlock it. Note If you have an iPhone older than eight, press the alarm button five times instead of holding down any buttons.
After holding down both buttons for a few seconds, you see the sliders that allow you to turn off the phone, call emergency services and open your medical ID. You don’t actually need to wrap any of these. You can press the cancel button and it will still disable your biometrics.
You also want to make sure “Auto Call” is off. If enabled, pressing the buttons will automatically ring your phone instead of displaying the above options. You can find this switch under your Emergency SOS menu in the Settings app.
Hopefully this will help you protect your device if you are being held by law enforcement. Good luck!
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