While iOS has many security layers, the Apple ID is the primary way to keep your iMessages, music, notes, photos, emails, and documents safe.
If you share an Apple ID with a friend, they can buy items from the Apple store or listen to your music collection. However, there are things they can’t access on your device via your iCloud. So, can they see your texts?
Can someone see my iMessages from another device?
Unlike other services in the Apple ecosystem, you are the only person who can read iMessages on your iDevice. Therefore, a third-party cannot access your iDevice remotely and see your texts.
However, if you log out of your primary device, any person with your Apple ID can use the iCloud details in a different iDevice. In such a case, they can access all the iCloud services, including your iMessages.
To avoid the above exception, you should put a two-factor authentication, especially if you have shared your iCloud details with another person. The security measure ensures that even when you are upgrading from one device to another, no one can access your iCloud account remotely.
When someone logs into your Apple ID, what can they see?
Although your friend cannot control your iDevice remotely, there are a few services they can access with Apple ID. They include:
1. Emails, drafts, and documents
If you use the native Apple email app to send and receive emails, one can see inbox content and, if they want, send emails through the web. Also, the other party can read your documents and drafts.
2. Music, videos, and photos
All music, videos, and pictures are backed up in iCloud. And so, if one has access to your Apple ID details, they can access all the media. They can also delete or add more items on your folders, apart from music.
What should you do if you suspect an authorized person has your Apple ID?
If you notice unauthorized activities on your iCloud account, you should take these two steps:
1. Change your password
Changing a password is the first thing you should do to safeguard your iCloud account. To change your Apple ID password:
- Go Settings
- Tap your name and go to Password & Security section
- Select Change Password
- Enter your current password and then the new password
- Confirm the new password by re-entering it
2. Turn on two-factor authentication.
Alternately, you can add another security layer by activating the two-factor authentication: To activate it:
- Tap settings, then your name
- Select Password & Security option
- You will be redirected to Two-Factor Authentication, page: Turn it on
- Put your trusted number
You will receive a verification code which you must use to complete the process. In the future, the login process can only be complete if the other party has access to the verification code sent on your phone.
If you have shared your Apple ID with your friend, they cannot read your texts. While your Apple device cannot be controlled remotely, a third party can access your iCloud. The can see your emails, photos, videos, and music. Therefore, changing your password is recommended. Also, ensure that your Apple device has two-factor authentication.