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Adding a Legacy Contact for your phone

Hello everyone,

I hope you're doing well and your Christmas holiday went wonderfully. I'm popping in with a last newsletter email to try and motivate some of you to set up a "Legacy Contact" in your phone just in case you weren't aware of the importance of this simple update. If you are deceased, getting any information from your phone will be extremely difficult unless someone knows all your various passwords (which we often keep inside our phone). Setting up a Legacy Contact allows a named individual this access in case it's necessary. If you're interested in setting up a Legacy Contact on your own phone, check out the instructions below. If you don't care a lick about your phone, then go back to enjoying whatever other Christmas gifts strike your fancy!

For Android Users:

Go to Google and search "Google Inactive Account Manager."

Follow the on-screen instructions to add a legacy contact.

Choose someone you trust as your legacy contact.

Give them permission to access your vital information after you pass away.

Your legacy contact will have access to your email, bank details, and some of your important passwords.

For iPhone Users:

Open Settings on your iPhone.

Tap on your name.

Tap on "Password & Security" or "Sign-in and Security" depending on the age of your phone.

Tap on "Legacy Contact."

To add a legacy contact, simply tap on "Add Legacy Contact" option and then tap it again. It's possible that you may be required to verify your identity at this stage.

If you are in a Family Sharing group, you can select another group member as your contact, or you can choose someone else.

If you choose someone else, select a contact from the list of contacts. Tap the email or mobile phone number of the contact to select it.

Read the notification on the "Access to Your Digital Legacy" screen, then tap "Continue." 

I know these things are a hassle, but with a little extra work on your part, you can make your loved ones' lives a little easier if you put in the effort. As always, I want to wish you well as we enter 2024 and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Jason Ebert


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