If you have lost your iPhone or Apple Watch, it is best to remotely remove all your credit card information from the device. Although the Apple Pay feature is protected by your Touch ID and default password, making it almost impossible for anyone to spend your money, there is still a small risk of someone gaining access to it.
To be on the safe side, you need to turn off Apple Pay on stolen or lost Apple devices. But how can you do that?
First we need to point out the reason why you should turn off Apple Pay
Apple is committed to the privacy and security of its users, and the same goes for the Apple Pay feature. Apple Pay is a secure payment method, as it is almost impossible to use it without the password, Touch ID or biometric Face ID. Additionally, your full credit card information is not stored locally on your device. But because hackers can find a way to hack into your device and Apple Pay, it is best to turn this feature off to make sure no one can access your money. Fortunately, Apple has made it possible to remove all credit card information and disable Apple Pay remotely.
There are two ways to do this:
Use the Find My app to turn off Apple Pay
If you have connected other Apple devices to the Find My app, you can use them to turn off Apple Pay on a stolen or lost device. Here's what to do:
- Open the Find My app.
- Tap on the lost device and scroll down looking for it Mark As Lost. Press Turn on located below it.
- Then press Continue to confirm your choice.
- Generate a four-digit password to lock the stolen device. Enter it once more for confirmation. Then press Turn on in the upper right corner of the screen.
- If you do not have another Apple device, you can go to iCloud.com/find, sign in using your Apple ID and enable it Lost Mode from there.
- After you do this, all Apple Pay cards added to this device will be removed. And do not worry, you can still use the "natural" cards. When you find the lost device, enter the four-digit password you created and Apple Pay will be activated automatically again.
Use the Apple ID website to delete your card details
This option is ideal if you want to remove your credit cards from a specific device without activating Lost Mode. Simply follow these steps:
- Go to appleid.apple.com and log in to your account. Then view your Apple ID account page.
- Scroll down to see all the devices that use your Apple ID account.
- Click the device from which you want to remove your credit cards.
- Click on Remove card.
- A pop-up window will appear asking if you are sure of this decision. Click Abolition for verification.
Once you do that, you will see it Pending removal under the selected credit card. In a few minutes, the credit card will disappear from your device. When you find your iPhone or Apple Watch again, you will need to re-enter all of your credit card information.
Protect your credit card information
Both methods are great options to prevent anyone from taking advantage of your device's Apple Pay feature. Marking your device as lost or manually removing your credit card details from the device are great ways to ensure that no one else is using Apple Pay details for their own purposes. If you have not yet created an Apple ID account, then you should definitely do so. It can be used not only to remotely remove credit card information from your device, but also for a wide range of purposes, such as receiving music and making calls. FaceTime, its use iCloud And much more.
Source of information: makeuseof.com