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How to Use & Enable iOS 14.5 App Tracking Blocker Feature on iPhone

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Online privacy is important to everyone. We do not want anyone to know everything that we are doing online when we do not want them to find out. However, that is not always the case when you are using the Internet. For instance, some apps on iPhone will track your movements not just inside their platform, but also outside of it. Their main reason is to use your activity patterns to customize the ads and results shown to you (can’t help to think of Facebook).

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Now, Apple is rolling out a new update that will stop the apps from tracking your activities. The newly released iOS 14.5 version features the App Tracking Transparency, where you have the control to allow new apps from tracking you or not. That way, the app will not track you automatically without your consent.

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How to Enable iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency & Stop iPhone Apps from Tracking You

To enable the iPhone app tracking blocker feature, you will have to download and install the latest version of iOS mobile operating system, the iOS 14.5.

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  • On your iPhone device, go to the Settings menu.
  • Select General.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Now, install iOS 14.5.

After installing the update, you can enable the app’s request permission for tracking. It means that new apps will have to request your permission to track you before they do it. 

  • Navigate to the Settings Menu.
  • Go to Privacy.
  • Select Tracking.
  • Tap Allow Apps to Request to Track.

When you install a new app, a popup message will appear asking your permission to track you across other companies’ apps and websites. If it is okay with you, tap Allow. Otherwise, tap Ask App Not to Track. 

How to Block Apps from Tracking You on iPhone using App Tracking Transparency

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If you have allowed other apps to track you, you can always set it to disable to block them from tracking you with App Tracking Transparency feature. 

  • Go to the Settings Menu.
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Select Tracking.

A list of the apps with your permission to track will appear. You can toggle each button to disable to block them from tracking you. 

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Do you have specific apps that you can permit to track your iPhone activities? If yes, what are these apps? You can share them with us below.

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