How to turn off USB Accessories Restricted Mode on iPhone

Here's how to turn on & Turn off USB Accessories restriction mode on any iPhone model. To Quickly access your iPhone with Other accessories.

Apple has added some security features in iOS 12. One of them is USB Accessories, which restricts the use of USB Accessories when your iPhone hasn’t been unlocked for one hour. So if you haven’t unlocked the iDevice for more than an hour and are trying to connect to a computer, it will ask you to unlock the iPhone. After opening the iOS device, when you connect your iPhone using a lightning cable to a Mac or Windows PC only you can access USB data.

There are several problems you have to face to increase the security of your iPhone. 

iTunes Problems?

Once you disable USB Accessories, you can’t sync iTunes without entering the passcode of your iPhone if your iPhone is locked for more than one hour. 

Charging Problems?

If you are habituated to putting your iOS device in charge anywhere, like in a Car or Charging accessories, then your experience will be interrupted by this security feature. Thankfully, there is no need to unlock the iPhone when charging using Apple’s USB charging adapter.

How to access USB data on iPhone: Enable/ Disable USB accessories Access in iPhone

1. Launch the “Settings” from the home screen of the iPhone.
2. If you have a Face ID iPhone, then tap on “Face ID & Passcode,” and for Touch ID iPhone/iPad, tap “Touch ID & Passcode”.

Go to the settings swipe down and scroll face ID & passcode on iPhone

3. Enter your passcode Scroll down, turn off, and you will see “Accessories/USB Accessories.

Enter your passcode scroll the toggle off Accessories on iPhone

When Turn On: You can connect USB Accessories any time you want.

When Turn Off: You can’t connect USB Accessories when your iPhone/iPad is locked for over an hour.

Sometimes, it may be possible that the USB Accessory isn’t recognized by the device even after unlocking it. In that case, you should disconnect and reconnect the accessory from the iPhone.

Unfortunately, if your iPhone is stolen, then there is no chance that any hacking tool can collect the data stored in your device without unlocking it.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood is a journalist based in Ohio who specializes in covering Apple and technology trends. With a varied experience in reporting on public safety, government, and education, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, providing readers with a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. If you need to contact me, you can reach me at karlywood.ohio@gmail.com or through (Facebook)

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