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Your iPhone Has a New Security Feature That Makes Repairs Way Easier

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If you’ve ever had to get your iPhone fixed, you probably know the drill: make a backup, erase the phone, or turn off Find My.

But with the new iOS 17.5 update, there’s a “Repair State” mode. It keeps your phone working while still keeping Find My and Activation Lock on.

So, if your iPhone gets lost or stolen while being repaired, it stays trackable and locked to your Apple ID, making it harder for someone to wipe it clean and sell it. Let’s check it out.

What Is Repair State?

Repair State is a security feature designed to ease your worries when your iPhone needs fixing.

It allows you to prepare your device for repair, eliminating the need to turn off Find My.

This means your phone remains trackable throughout the repair process, offering peace of mind and an extra layer of security.

How to Set Your iPhone to Repair State Mode

Follow these steps to prepare your iPhone for repair.

1. Open the Find My app and swipe up on the Devices tab.

All devices in Find My app

2. Swipe left on the iPhone you want to send in for repair, then hit Delete. Alternatively, you can select the device, swipe up, then select Remove This Device. From the prompt, enter your Apple ID password.

Remove device from Find My

3. Tap Continue to enable the new Repair State feature.

Enabling Repair State on iPhone

When you turn it on, your phone will be labeled “Ready for Repair” with a message saying, “This device remains fully functional in the repair state.”

iPhone in Repair Mode

You’ll also see a stethoscope icon in Find My, showing that your iPhone is still tied to your Apple ID but in a special repair mode.

Bottom Line

If you decide to take your iPhone out of Repair State mode, you won’t be able to turn it off yourself. It’s best to hold off on using it for now unless you truly need a repair.

For now, you can only remove it at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

Herby Jasmin

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