This article will help you turn off Apple's Advanced Data Protection (ADP) for you to be able to set up iMessage on Beeper.
What is Advanced Data Protection?
Starting with iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1, Apple provides two levels of Data Protection, Standard and Advanced. The primary difference between these is where the encryption keys are stored, and in turn what iCloud data is End-to-end Encrypted. The default setting is Standard, so you don't need to do this unless you have explicitly enabled Advanced Data Protection.
Standard data protection is the default setting for your account. Your iCloud data is encrypted, the encryption keys are secured in Apple data centers so we can help you with data recovery, and only certain data is end-to-end encrypted.
Advanced Data Protection for iCloud is an optional setting that offers our highest level of cloud data security. If you choose to enable Advanced Data Protection, your trusted devices retain sole access to the encryption keys for the majority of your iCloud data, thereby protecting it using end-to-end encryption. Additional data protected includes iCloud Backup, Photos, Notes, and more.
For more information on ADP, please see the Apple Support article:
Currently, Beeper does not support iMessage on accounts with ADP enabled, so you must switch back to the default Standard Data Protection (by turning off ADP) before continuing with your setup.
What is the security impact of disabling Advanced Data Protection?
Disabling ADP does not disable the encryption on your entire Apple account - all your information is still encrypted. Instead, it allows Apple to store the encryption keys for selected services, as is the case by default.
This may reduce the overall security of your iCloud account to the same, still high, level that it was before the release of iOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1.
Would having Advanced Data Protection enabled cause any issues with Beeper?
Having Advanced Data Protection enabled when setting up your Beeper account will result in a failure to set up iMessage with Beeper. You must disable Advance Data Protection before continuing with your setup.
Would I be able to re-enable Advanced Data Protection after setting up iMessage with Beeper?
No. You cannot re-enable Advance Data Protection once you set up iMessage with Beeper.
Are you planning to support Advanced Data Protection with your iMessage connection?
Yes, we plan to support Advanced Data Protection to work with iMessage.
On iPhone or iPad
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap your name, then tap iCloud.
- Scroll down, tap Advanced Data Protection,
- Tap Turn off Advanced Data Protection.
- Choose Apple menu > System Settings...
- Click your name, then click iCloud.
- Scroll down and click Advanced Data Protection
(NB this screenshot shows ADP as already off. If yours is on, it should show “On”)
- Click Turn Off.