Apple and Google have teamed up to provide a secure and private implementation of coronavirus contact tracing on iOS and Android. Follow the procedure to enable / disable COVID-19 contact tracing on iPhone under iOS 13 as well as iOS 14.
Update of 08/24: Virginia was the first US state to offer a compatible app. Now apps are also available in Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Canada, Brazil, Italy and Switzerland are other countries in the world to benefit from support. Stay up to date with our US state tracker here.
Update of 1/9: Apple and Google released Exposure Notifications Express, which means users don’t have to download an app from the local health department, but local health department assistance is still needed. The change is available with iOS 13.7 as well as iOS 14 beta 4 and later.
Anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing via Bluetooth (no GPS tracking) is available from iOS 13.5. Contact tracking is called “Exposure Notifications” on iPhone and is disabled by default at the system level.
With iOS 13.6.1 and earlier versions, you will need to download an app from your local health authority that will require your explicit permission to use anonymous Bluetooth data for this to work.
With iOS 13.7 and iOS 14 beta 4 and later, you can use contact tracing on iPhone without having to download a separate health service app, but still requires support from the local health service. Learn more about express exposure notifications here.
Apple and Google have done an in-depth job highlighting how contact tracing relies on privacy and security, find out more about that in our full explanation and on the Apple website.
Note: COVID-19 exposure notifications (contact tracing) are disabled by default in iOS 13.5 and later. It does not collect any data without you activating it, contact tracing is opt-in.
How to turn on / off COVID-19 contact tracing on iPhone
We’ll see how it works in iOS 13.6.1 and earlier as well as in iOS 13.7 / iOS 14 beta 4 and later.
Under iOS 13.6.1 and earlier
- Head to settings on your iPhone
- Swipe down and tap Privacy
- Choose now Health
- Tap COVID-19 exposure recording at the top
- You will need an authorized app before exposure notifications can be enabled. But then you can press the button to turn notifications on or off
- You can also manually delete exposure logs at any time at the bottom of the settings
Follow here to find out when Health Authority apps become available in the US
Here’s what those steps look like:
Under iOS 13.7 and 14 beta 4 and later
With these software versions, users do not need to install a specific health service app to use exposure notifications, but support from the local health service is still required for the feature to work according to your needs. place of residence.
Contact tracking is always disabled by default.
- Open settings on your iPhone
- Swipe down and tap Exposure notifications just above the battery
- Contact tracking (exposure notifications are disabled by default)
- Tap Activate exhibition notifications to see if the feature is available in your region
- You can only use the feature if a local health authority has made it available
- You can turn off “Availability Alerts” if you don’t want to know when contact tracking is available in your area.
This is what it looks like: