How to Enable/Disable COVID-19 Contact Tracing on iPhone


Apple and Google have teamed up to offer 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 in iOS settings.

Update 30/12/21: One of Apple’s executives shared more about how contact tracing hasn’t been widely adopted in the US and said it shouldn’t have been left to individual states to adopt it. . Right after, a Washington Post report pointed out that more than 20 US states do not support Apple/Google contact tracing.

Anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing via Bluetooth (not GPS location) became available from iOS 13.5. Contact tracing is called “Exposure Notifications” on iPhone and is disabled by default.

Apple and Google have detailed how contact tracing is built around privacy and security, read more about that in our full explainer and on Apple’s website.

COVID-19 exposure notifications (contact tracing) are disabled by default in iOS. This means that it does not collect any data without you activating the feature. Follow below to check our settings.

In iOS 14/15 and later

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Swipe down and tap Exposure Notifications just above the battery
  3. Contact tracing (exposure notifications) is off by default – you can confirm your setting at the top
  4. Faucet Enable Exposure Notifications to see if the feature is available in your region
  5. You can only use the feature if a local health authority has made it available
  6. You can turn off “Availability Alerts” if you don’t want to know when contact tracing is available in your area

In iOS 13.6.1 and earlier

  1. Head to Settings on your iPhone
  2. Swipe down and tap Private life
  3. Choose now Health
  4. Faucet Logging exposure to COVID-19 at the top
  5. You will need an authorized app before exposure notifications can be enabled. But then you can tap the toggle to turn notifications on or off
  6. You can also delete exposure logs manually at any time at the bottom of settings

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