Looks like no one’s replied in a while. To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question.

Question:

Question: Temporary Disabling Apps

I am traveling to China with my iPhone 6+. Although I have a VPN I would like to disable certain apps like contacts, certain banking apps etc. I really want nothing available but my wireless VPN connection.


Thanks for any insight.

Posted on

Reply
Question marked as Solved
Answer:
Answer:

You could do a backup and then delete all the apps that you don't want while traveling. Just make sure that you turn off the backup before you leave. Once you get back, restore the backup and your phone would be just like it was from the last time you backed up.

Posted on

Question marked as Helpful

Mar 9, 2018 7:37 PM in response to rollsnut In response to rollsnut

rollsnut wrote:


I'm trying to avoid any hacking into my phone. I always keep airplane mode ON and once connected to a local wifi, initiate my VPN...which can be sporadic in China. My VPN has work-arounds but again those can be sporadic.

According to everything I know, it's still not possible to remotely hack an iPhone unless it has been jailbroken. The risk is that data will be intercepted. Your VPN should take care of that. Just don't start using the network unless and until you know the VPN is functioning.


anypats's suggestions are still excellent. Your other risk is that, when you cross an international border, you may be required to unlock your phone for inspection. The less data you have on the phone, the less chance you have of attracting undue attention.

There’s more to the conversation

Read all replies

Page content loaded

Question marked as Solved

Mar 9, 2018 1:58 PM in response to rollsnut In response to rollsnut

You could do a backup and then delete all the apps that you don't want while traveling. Just make sure that you turn off the backup before you leave. Once you get back, restore the backup and your phone would be just like it was from the last time you backed up.

Mar 9, 2018 1:58 PM

Reply Helpful (1)

Mar 9, 2018 2:11 PM in response to rollsnut In response to rollsnut

I'm trying to avoid any hacking into my phone. I always keep airplane mode ON and once connected to a local wifi, initiate my VPN...which can be sporadic in China. My VPN has work-arounds but again those can be sporadic.

Mar 9, 2018 2:11 PM

Reply Helpful
Question marked as Helpful

Mar 9, 2018 7:37 PM in response to rollsnut In response to rollsnut

rollsnut wrote:


I'm trying to avoid any hacking into my phone. I always keep airplane mode ON and once connected to a local wifi, initiate my VPN...which can be sporadic in China. My VPN has work-arounds but again those can be sporadic.

According to everything I know, it's still not possible to remotely hack an iPhone unless it has been jailbroken. The risk is that data will be intercepted. Your VPN should take care of that. Just don't start using the network unless and until you know the VPN is functioning.


anypats's suggestions are still excellent. Your other risk is that, when you cross an international border, you may be required to unlock your phone for inspection. The less data you have on the phone, the less chance you have of attracting undue attention.

Mar 9, 2018 7:37 PM

Reply Helpful (1)

Mar 9, 2018 2:44 PM in response to IdrisSeabright In response to IdrisSeabright

Idris: I think we are getting somewhere...I re-read anypat's response and it does make sense plus it is simple. Since I back up to my PC and not the cloud the chance of an ethereal backup seems remote! My phone has not been jailbroken. About the VPN connection...you are dead on. Unless I'm connected, I can wait.

Mar 9, 2018 2:44 PM

Reply Helpful

Mar 10, 2018 9:13 AM in response to IdrisSeabright In response to IdrisSeabright

Idris and anypats:


I was going to run a test by deleting a couple of Apps I don't use often then go back and "restore." I think I'm correct in wanting to go to Backups>Manually Backup and Restore>Restore Backup.


I first did Restore iPhone but got message that I had to turn off "Find My iPhone" via the Cloud...Since I don't use the Cloud I went in anyway and all was already turned off.


So, before I do anything that will drive me nuts, I just wanted and educated opinion.


Thanks again for all of your help.

Mar 10, 2018 9:13 AM

Reply Helpful
User profile for user: rollsnut

Question: Temporary Disabling Apps