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How to enable USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1

Apple has added a new security feature to iOS 11.4.1 that makes it harder for hackers – as well as law enforcement and government agencies – to unlock your iPhone. Here’s how to enable this feature.

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The new feature prevents USB accessories from connecting to the iOS device if the device has been locked for more than an hour (although there does seem to be a limitation to this).

Here’s where the new setting lives:

Tap on Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (or on the iPhone X Face ID)

You will now need to enter your passcode/pincode, then scroll down until you reach USB Accessories. Below shows the feature off…

USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1 - disabled
USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1 – disabled

 

An here it is turned on:

USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1 - enabled
USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1 – enabled

 

It also turns out that activating SOS mode – pressing the power button five times in rapid succession – disables the USB port along with forcing passcode entry (this works no matter what option you choose from the screen, even if you choose cancel).

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