Tip of the Day: How to Control What Information Each App Can Access on Your iPhone or iPad

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Privacy is a huge topic these days. But despite this, how many of us download apps and accept the terms without even thinking about it, thus giving apps access to our contacts, location, social media accounts, and more?

If this describes you, no worries. I am going to tell you how you can check your privacy settings on your iDevice and revoke the access you absentmindedly gave to these apps.

First, go to Settings>Privacy:

From here, open each category one at a time: Location Services, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Bluetooth Sharing, Microphone, and Motion Activity and see a list of which apps have requested and been given access to that category. Revoking access is as simple as toggling the switch to the off position.

Here are screen shots for Location Services and for Contacts on my iPhone:

 

Continue doing this until you have checked all the categories and determined what, if any permissions you want to revoke.  

You will most likely find that most of the apps in each of these categories are toggled to on. That's okay, mine were too. You only have a choice to accept or deny approval when you install an app. But once that app is installed, you can revoke any access you choose through these settings.

Please understand that your installed apps may behave strangely or not at all once you have revoked access. Most apps will prompt you to give them permission again.

And never forget whether or not you revoke permissions to an app is a choice. Some people don't care, while others, once I show them this, are shocked at how much access every app has.

It's your iDevice; choose wisely, or the app developers will choose for you.

 

Top image credit: Maksim Kabakou/Shutterstock.com

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