2FA on the iPhone: Have codes automatically deleted from messages and emails

If you need a two-factor authentication (2FA) code to log in to a website or app, this often arrives via SMS or email. The 2FA codes can be used on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 can not only be used automatically from the Mail app (previously this only worked with SMS codes from the Messages app), the corresponding messages or emails can also be automatically removed afterwards. This eliminates the need to manually clean up text messages and emails. You can find out how to activate the automatic deletion of confirmation codes that you have already used here.

Have two-factor codes deleted from messages and emails: Here's how!

If you often use your Apple mobile device to receive 2FA codes, they can quickly clutter up the messaging app and email. This makes it more difficult to find really important content. And sorting things out manually is also annoying. But now there is the possibility of automating the latter. Use this step-by-step guide to find the appropriate option:

  1. Opens the Settings on your iPhone / iPad
  2. Scroll down a bit and select passwords off (must be unlocked by Face ID or Touch ID)
  3. Type the point in it Password options an
  4. Activate the switch under “Confirmation codes”. Automatically delete
  5. (If necessary, make additional settings to individualize password use)
To automatically delete 2FA codes on your iPhone when they have been used, go to Settings -> Passwords -> Password Options.
To automatically delete 2FA codes on your iPhone when they have been used, go to Settings -> Passwords -> Password Options.

More new functions and settings from iOS 17 on the iPhone

A collection of instructions and guides for the new iOS 17 on the iPhone is currently being created here in the Sir Apfelot Blog. The individual contributions will be published piece by piece in the collective article “iOS 17 - Everything you need to know“linked to provide an overview. This article also offers a lot more information about the new iPhone operating system, its functional expansion, the new settings, compatibility with individual iPhone models, and so on. So take a look if you want to get used to the recently released iOS upgrade.

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