iOS 14: How to Stop Spying on You with These 10 Simple Settings


Apple is very serious about protecting your privacy and with the launch of iOS 14, it is very clear that the company is doubling down on a mass of privacy-focused features. Some of these features include the ability to control which apps can access your precise location, microphone, camera, entire photo library, full contact list, devices on your local network and so on. Follow this guide as we list ten settings in iOS 14 that you need to review to protect your privacy.

iOS 14: Best Privacy Features

Here is a brief description of all the privacy settings you can quickly change in iOS 14.

1. Recording of indicators

In iOS 14, Recording indicators tell you when an app accesses your phone’s camera or microphone. Is Facebook secretly using your camera or microphone? Now you can find out. Whenever an app uses your phone’s microphone or camera, you will see a small dot just above the battery icon in the Control Center. A green dot indicates that your camera is being accessed, and a yellow dot indicates that the microphone is being used. You can go to the control center to know which app has used the phone’s mic or camera recently.

2. Privacy Report in Safari

while using Safari In iOS 14, a new privacy report feature now prevents websites from tracking your browsing information. To access the privacy report in Safari for a particular website, all you need is Press the A button Top left and tap Privacy report. It will show you the last 30 days of data.

3. Privacy Info in App Store

Set to arrive later this year, Apple A dedicated privacy page is going to show for each app on the App Store. This way you will be able to know what data an app can collect and whether that data can be used to track you.

4. Clipboard notifications

With the help of clipboard notifications, you can now accurately detect whether an app accesses your phone’s clipboard. Whenever an app accesses your clipboard you get a quick notification and it is also a good way to find out if a particular app is using your data without consent.

5. Estimated Location

Many applications request access to your location to give you some useful features like directions in Google Maps. However, they do not always need to reach your exact location. In iOS 14, Apple has introduced an approximate location feature that allows you to share your location in a less targeted way. To use this feature, visit Adjustment > Secluded > place Services > Choose An application> disable exact location. Now, whenever you turn off the exact location for an application, it can no longer know your exact location and you can only have an approximate idea of ​​where you are, so it is better that you keep the privacy of your location protect the.

6. Limit Photo Access

With iOS 14, you can now limit whether an app can access your entire photo library or just a selected bunch. In this way social networking apps such as Facebook and Instagram will not have access to your entire photo library and you can give these apps access to different photos that you really want to share on such sites. In this way an app will always ask for your permission before accessing your photo library. To use this feature, go to Adjustment > Choose An app> The photos > Tap Featured photos Select photos and videos for which you want to give access.

7. Private Address on Wi-Fi Network

By enabling private addresses in your Wi-Fi settings, you can basically prevent your phone from being tracked by network operators on various Wi-Fi networks. To enable this feature, go to Adjustment > Wi-Fi > Select Wi-fi network > Enable Private address.

8. Local Network Access

With this new feature, apps will always ask for your permission before accessing your local network. You can go Adjustment > Secluded > local network > And disable the settings for any app you think is not a business accessing your local network.

9. Contact Autofill

Instead of sharing your contact details with third-party applications, you can now type in any name of your contacts and your phone will send your details to you automatically. For example, with this feature, you can revoke contact access for applications such as Google Pay. To turn off contact access for any such app, go to Adjustment > Choose Applications> disable contact. Now, while sending money, type the contact’s name and you will see an autofill suggestion along with the contact’s phone number. This way you can avoid uploading your entire address book on the Internet and still do not miss the facility of entering phone numbers or email addresses.

10. Tracking Permissions for Advertising

This last privacy feature in the list will require third-party apps for your permission, whenever they want to track you on websites. Now, the thing is that this feature is coming to iOS 14 next year, as Apple wants to give developers some more time to comply with the changes. This new feature can be found in Privacy Settings in iOS 14 and you can disable it to automatically deny apps permission to track you on the Internet. To use this feature, visit Adjustment > Secluded > to keep track > Disabled Allow applications to request tracking.

These were the best privacy features and improvements Apple has brought to users in iOS 14.. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.


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