USB Restriction Mode

Use USB Restriction Mode On iOS to Stay Safe From Criminals

iPhone are known for security measure, they operate on high level of security to protect your privacy at all cost. Some of these security measures include the use TouchID or FaceID and a passcode to lock them down, but there was a loophole with specialized USB tools plugging into the lightning port. Therefore to make sure you iPhone are on the saver side always, you need the use of USB restriction mode on iOS to stay safe from criminals and hackers.

Following up with its announcement of the USB Restriction Mode, Apple has released the feature with iOS 11.4.1 months ahead of its planned release with iOS 12. This new feature keeps the iOS devices safe against being accessed by hackers or law enforcement by limiting the use of the Lightning port.

We are constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data,” Apple had said in its statement.

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How to Enable USB Restriction Mode And How It Works

The USB Restricted Mode allows iOS users to limit access to a locked iPhone through its USB / Lightning port. With USB Restricted Mode enabled, users can have their iPhone’s port locked one hour after they lock their phones. If enabled, this port can only be used for charging or for listening to music after that one hour period and nothing else. Here are the few steps to enable USB restriction mode on iOS:

How to Enable It

Step 1 ====> You need to install iOS 11.4.1, after installing iOS 11.4.1 on your device

Step 2 ====> USB Restricted mode is automatically enabled by default.

Step 3 ====> To find the toggle yourself, open the Settings app on your device.

USB Restriction Mode

Step 4 ====> Find Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode depending on your model).

Step 5 ====> Enter your passcode, and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the USB Accessories toggle under Allow access when locked.

Step 6 ====> When enabled, this toggle should be off and to the left.

This means that USB accessories do not have access when your phone is locked. Now, after one hour it was locked, the Lightning port will become charging port only. No one will be able to access your iPhone again via the USB port.

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Enable USB Restriction Mode Alternatively On iOS

There is another useful way to enable USB Restricted mode quicker if ever needed, which is by using Emergency SOS. Emergency SOS allows you to call emergency services with five quick presses of the side button. When this happens, Face/Touch ID is disabled, and USB Restricted mode is enabled.


Adeola (Jasper) is someone who loves everything about technology. He devoted to everything that is tech-related and tries his best to produce useful and quality articles about mobiles, computers and other related products.

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