How to get rid of fake Apple security alerts on iPhone

How to get rid of fake Apple security alerts on iPhone

You are just surfing the web, and suddenly, you are interrupted by a pop-up that says your iPhone is infected with a virus! This has happened to most of us. So, what do you do? Well, stop panicking. Apple never sends such security alerts. Scammers design these fake alerts to get you to tap the link. Read along to remove those fake Apple security alerts on iPhone!

How to remove Apple security alert scams from your iOS device

If you see pop-up messages like “Tap here to secure your iPhone,” “Your device is at risk,” etc., don’t tap them. Not even the x icon to close the tab. Doing this will lead you to the phishing site!

When the alert pops up, just follow the below steps:

  1. Tap the tabs icon at the bottom right of Safari.
  2. Tap x to clear the tab located at the top right.

    Clear the tabs in Safari on iPhone
  3. Summon Control Center:
    • On iPhone with Touch ID: Swipe up from the bottom.
    • On iPhone with Face ID: Swipe up from the top.
  4. Toggle on the Airplane mode.
  5. Navigate and select Safari in the settings menu itself.  
  6. Turn on Block Pop-ups
  7. Scroll down and turn on Fraudulent Website Warning.  
  8. Tap Clear History and Website Data and confirm the selection in the pop-up.  

    How to remove Apple security alert scams from your iOS device
  9. Now, follow step 3 and toggle off the Airplane mode.

💡 Tip: If you’d like to learn more, check out our article can the iPhone be hacked?

Once you’ve followed all the steps mentioned above, you will no longer see such pop-ups. And to avoid such issues in the future, make sure you do not visit any sketchy websites, tap advertisements, and avoid hitting random links.

There are innumerable instances where scammers send messages with links to dupe people for thousands of dollars. So, always avoid going to such links and stay safe.

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