How to Block an App's Bluetooth Access on Your iPhone

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With iOS 13, Apple has stepped up its Privacy settings. Now, in addition to being able to customize your Location Services for specific apps, you can also block apps from using Bluetooth. This won’t stop you from being able to use your headphones, but it will prevent the app from using your iPhone's Bluetooth in other ways that might affect your privacy. Read on to learn how to disable Bluetooth for specific apps.

Related: How to Turn Location Services On or Off on the iPhone

How to Block an App's Bluetooth Access

When you install a new app that uses Bluetooth, you’ll see a prompt explaining how Bluetooth is used and requesting your permission to continue. But what if you accidentally granted an app permission or want to turn the setting off later? Here’s how to disable Bluetooth for specific apps.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Select Bluetooth.

    select Privacyselect Bluetooth
  4. You’ll see a list of apps that are using Bluetooth.
  5. To disable Bluetooth for any app, toggle that apps' switch to the off position.

    toggle off the app

Next time you open that app, you may be prompted to enable Bluetooth for the app to function properly. If you want to know more about why an app uses Bluetooth, you can contact the app’s developer.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.