How to manage app permissions on your iPhone

Every time you install an app on your iPhone, permissions are associated with it—permissions that determine what the app can and cannot do. These permissions cover some pretty basic parts of iOS, including access to the iPhone camera, microphone, and current location. The permissions are requested one at a time as they are needed, giving you plenty of control over how your apps behave.

But sometimes, especially when you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to accidentally give permission to an app to access data it doesn’t really need. Has your notes app Real For example, would you like to see your contact list?

As a result, it is definitely worth conducting a regular audit of these permissions, in case you have previously granted a permission that you now want to revoke, or vice versa. It’s not difficult to change your settings and it gives you an extra layer of privacy and security.

You can view the data an app will collect before installing it. You can find this on the app’s page in the App Store. Reading through this list before downloading or installing anything will give you a good idea of ​​how much access to your iPhone and data an app wants.

On the app’s App Store page, scroll down to App privacy and tap See the details for a complete overview. You may not see all the permissions the app asks for, but many of the categories of data shown correspond to certain permissions on your phone, for example your phone’s location and contact list.

In addition to listing the types of data collected, the list also provides a general reason for the collection. For example, it could be to improve app functionality, or to target marketing messages or personalize the product. If you are not satisfied with the app’s practices and policies, you can leave it removed.

If you install an app, you will notice that it asks for permissions as and when it is needed. Most of these permissions should be pretty essential to the app’s operation (it’s hard to get an Uber if the app doesn’t know where you are, for example), but use your discretion with permissions that don’t seem necessary. Ideally, an app should explain why each permission is needed, but not all of that will happen.

To manage permissions on your iPhone, go to Settings. If you want to see what permissions a specific app has:

  • Scroll down to the app you want to take a closer look and tap its name.
  • You will see a list of permissions the app has and has not been granted.
  • Tap a permission to change its setting.

To view a specific permission and see all apps that use it:

  • To elect Privacy and security from Settings.
  • You’ll see a list of permissions (such as Contacts And photos). Tap the one you’re interested in to see which apps have been granted permission and which have not.

It’s up to you how you go about it, but in both cases you’ll find the same permission settings.

Some permissions are not just on or off. Photo access is a good example: apps can get full access to your photo and video library or just selected files. This is useful if, for example, you want to upload a few photos to Instagram, but don’t want to give the app access to your entire gallery.

The location permission works differently than the others because it offers much more granular control.

  • Crane Location services at the top of the Privacy and security screen.
  • You will see a list of apps; to the right of each is the current location permission status.
  • In the list of apps, you’ll notice that some have a gray or purple arrow next to them. The gray arrow means they used your location in the last 24 hours, and the purple arrow means they used your location recently – another way to determine if an app may be overreaching in terms of the data it collects.
  • Select an app to change access to your iPhone’s location.
  • You will see at least three options: Never, Ask next time or when I share (so on a case by case basis), and While using the app.
  • Some apps (such as weather and map apps) have a Always option too, which means the app can also access your location while it’s running in the background.
  • The page also has a Accurate location toggle switch: Turn this off and the app will only get approximate positioning for where you are.

At the bottom of the Privacy and security screen you will find the App Privacy Report option. Once this is enabled (it’s disabled by default), you can come back here for a more detailed look at how apps have used the permissions you’ve given them.

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