How to turn on COVID-19 contact tracing on your iPhone

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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.

Read more: Apple, Google team up for COVID-19 contact tracing tool

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