Run iPhone in James Bond Mode: Set your iPhone to Self Destruct and Erase All Data After Failed Password Attempts
There’s a pretty interesting feature included in iOS that lets you run your iPhone in James Bond mode, causing the device to self destruct if an incorrect password is entered 10 times concurrently.
Ok, well it’s not really called James Bond mode and it doesn’t actually self destruct, but it does erase all the data on the iPhone, which is basically the digital equivalent of self destruction. This feature is very effective, but it’s also unforgiving, so if you enter a password wrong often this is not for you.
Make iPhone erase all data contents after failed password attempts
Enabling this feature will cause the iPhone to erase all data on the device after 10 failed passcode attempts have been entered.
- Open the “Settings” app
- Choose “Touch ID & Passcode”
- Scroll down to enable “Erase Data” to the ON position
That’s it, the feature is enabled and after 10 failures, the data on the device is whiped clear.
On older devices, this feature exists but it’s under Settings > General:
This is a great feature to enable if you are worried about theft or losing your iPhone and your iPhone has a lot of private data on the device that you don’t want in front of some prying eyes.
Just be sure to backup your iPhone before enabling something like this, just in case!