18milesperhour: CYCLING SAFETY: DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.
Don’t lock your phone.
If you carry your phone as a safety device on rides, there’s no need to passcode lock it.
But there are many, many reasons not to. Here’s a big one.
When I had my latest bad crash, my phone was locked.
For the first couple hours I was in and out of consciousness. Mostly not.
In one of my rare moments of consciousness, face-down in some rocks, a stranger was holding my phone in front of my face begging me to remember the code (and my name). I got lucky and entered the right one (on the third try) and dialed my wife’s number. Then, went nighty-night again.
I get it wrong and my wife may not have known what happened.
I. Got. Lucky.
So forget the passcode.
Because heaven forbid, you may forget the passcode.
I don’t know why the stranger didn’t just press the “Emergency Call” button that is standard (legally required) on every phone, but maybe the stranger didn’t see it down there.
It makes me wonder if that button shouldn’t be more obvious. Red? Green? Pulsing? Replace the “Emergency Call” text with “911?” I wonder if Apple could make it so when you typed “911” into the unlock box it would automatically make the emergency call, too.
On another note, Soluto is an excellent computer management software which helps keep your PCs clean, fast, and updated. They just added phones to their capabilities, so if you ever forget your passcode, you can reset it (or, if your phone is stolen, lock and wipe it) via their site.