Earlier in the year, tech giants Apple and Google announced that they are working to create a contact tracing tool to help individuals determine whether they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. This tool is actually live now for iOS users.
Users whose phones run on iOS 13.6.1, iOS 13.7/iOS 14 beta 4, and later can opt to turn on contact tracing. It’s disabled by default and Apple says it does not collect any data unless you opt-in for the tool. iOS 13.6.1 or earlier
- Go to your iPhone’s Settings
- Scroll and tap on Privacy>Health
- Tap on COVID-19 Exposure Logging. You’ll need an authorized app first before Exposure Notifications can be turned on.
iOS 13.7 and later
- Head to Settings
- Scroll down and choose the Exposure Notifications tab
- Tap Turn on Exposure Notifications > Continue
- You’ll be prompted with an option to select your country, which will tell you whether or not your region has a contact tracing app.
- Download the region-specific tracing app and open it. Then, enable both tracking notifications and regular notifications.
This tool does contact tracing via Bluetooth, not GPS location.