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What Happens to Your Cell Phone Files After Your Passing?

Woman uses her phone to create a legacy contact

Assign or Update Your Legacy Contact Today

Spoiler alert! You don’t get to take your cell phone with you to the afterlife. And in addition to fun distractions, such as games, music and photos, your phone also holds a wealth of important data, such as contact information, notes and emails.

If you handle the finances in your relationship, would your partner know whom to contact without you or your phone around? How would a loved one get in touch with extended family members for the purposes of planning your funeral? The possible challenges are endless.

In order for friends or family members to be able to access your cell phone data after your passing, you’ll first need to assign a legacy contact. Below you’ll find instructions on how to set up a legacy contact for your iPhone or Android, and the process should only take a couple of minutes.

After completing the steps below, we suggest you forward this article to others in your circle so that they can set up their preferences as well.

For iPhones

  • Go to Settings
  • Select your name above Apple ID, iCloud+, Media & Purchases
  • Select Passwords & Security
  • Select Legacy Contact
  • Select Add Legacy Contact
  • Follow the guided process
Example of legacy contact screen
This is an example of the legacy contact screens on an iPhone.

For Androids

If you have an Android phone, you’ll need to set up your Inactive Account Manager through Google, using this link. Once there, follow the guided process. What you see should resemble the image below.

Example of inactive account manager screen
This is an example of an Inactive Account Manager screen.

If you have questions about estate planning for your digital assets, or would like to discuss any other financial matter, please reach out to your wealth manager or schedule a call with a member of our team.

This commentary is provided for general information purposes only, should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice, and does not constitute an attorney/client relationship. Past performance of any market results is no assurance of future performance. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.


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