iOS 13.5 was released a day ago and many people are referring to this update as the COVID-19 update because it has features that make the phone easier to use if you are wearing a mask. The option to enter a passcode pops up more quickly. It also brings the COVID-19 exposure logging API to the device. This feature is opt-in, meaning that you don’t need to send (or receive) information from your device if you don’t want to (image via UN COVID-19 Response).
COVID-19 Exposure Logging and Notifications
COVID-19 exposure logging was added to iOS 13.5. Make sure you are running this version or a later version of iOS. To disable logging and notifications, follow the steps below.
- Open up Settings app.
- Go for Privacy> Health.
- Above all, you will see COVID-19 Exposure Logging‘. tap it.
- On the next screen, Turn the feature on or off. If you want to enable the feature then you should turn on Bluetooth.
The COVID-19 exposure logging feature will appear on all devices that have upgraded to iOS 13.5, but may not be available in all countries. If you go to enable this feature, and you see the ‘Not available in your area’ message, then there is nothing you can do. This feature may be available later in your area but no promises have been made on it.
What is Exposure Logging?
Exposure logging monitors people who have come in contact with other people. It silently collects this information via Bluetooth and the data is not personally identifiable. Your device is assigned a random ID that is not related to your Apple ID, your phone number, or any other personal information that is on your device.
Information will be exchanged between other devices; They are basically keeping a log of who was who. When a person records that they were infected with COVID-19, the people they have come in contact with are alerted to this fact. They do not obtain any information about the person who was infected. Apple protects user privacy, no matter what.
Once you know that you can come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you can select self-isolate and wait for the symptoms to appear, Or you can choose to have the test done. If you are not sure what to do, you can use Apple’s web tool to decide whether you should test or not.
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