The iPhone has several privacy features that can be turned on and off. Depending on your preferences, the privacy settings can be set so that it would not be considered intrusive enough on your privacy. However, if you are not concerned much about your privacy, you can always let the settings by default.
Here we are going to show you what are the top 5 iPhone privacy settings that you need to know. We are going to show also how to turn it off if you are concern on your privacy while using your iPhone.
#1 TURN OFF LOCATION SERVICES
Location services use GPS to track the location of your iPhone. Therefore, by turning this on, you are letting third party services tracking your position with certain objectives such as maps function or real-time location tracking.
If you want to turn it off, here are the steps.
In your iPhone, tap at “Settings”
At “Settings”, tap at “Privacy”
At “Privacy”, tap at “Location Services”
At “Location Services”, push the button to the left to disable the location services
Tap “Turn Off” to confirm disabling the location services
Turn off “Share My Location” also so that your iPhone will not be sharing your location with third party app
#2 DISABLE ACCESS TO CAMERA AND MICROPHONE
TURN OFF ACCESS TO CAMERA
Some apps also will have access to your iPhone’s camera by default settings.
Here are the steps on how to disable the access.
In your iPhone’s privacy settings, go to “Camera”
Disable camera access for the selected app as listed there
TURN OFF ACCESS TO MICROPHONE
Some apps also will also need to access your microphone in order for the app to function according to their design.
Here are the steps on how to disable the access
On “Privacy” settings, tap at “Microphone”
At “Microphone”, tap at the selected app to disable the app from accessing your microphone
#3 LIMIT AD TRACKING
From certain default settings, you will also enable a third-party app to collect your browsing behaviour. This will them to track your interests and therefore create more targeting ads to you.
Here are the steps on how to limit this ad tracking.
In your Settings, go to “Privacy”
In “Privacy” settings, scroll down and tap at “Advertising”
Enable the button there to limit ad tracking for all advertisers
By enabling this, you will opt-out from receiving ads that are targeted to your interests or browsing behaviours
#4 DISABLE IPHONE’S PHOTO GEOTAGGING
When you are capturing photos and videos using your iPhone, it also includes the data on the current location. This is called the Geotag. If you are not interested to let people know where did you take the photo, you can disable it.
Here are the steps.
In your iPhone settings, go to “Privacy”
At “Privacy” settings, tap at “Location Services”
At “Location Services” settings, tap at “Camera”
At “Camera” settings, tap at “Never”
This will disable your camera to geotag the location to your photos or videos
#5 DISABLE LOCKSCREEN PREVIEW
If you left your iPhone locked, the message preview can still be seen during your lock screen preview. If you do not want others to see the messages or notifications you might receive there while your iPhone on the lock screen, you can always disable it.
Here are the steps.
In your iPhone, go to “Settings”
In Settings, go to “Notifications”
At “Notifications”, tap at “Show Previews”
At “Show Previews”, tap at “Never”
So, there you have it – Top five things you should know about iPhone privacy settings. Please leave us a comment below on what other privacy settings that you would normally turn off.
Please also read our previous article on how to create a parental control on your iPhone.