Main features of iOS 14—In the sense that it makes the headlines in take a dump advertisers–is “Application Tracking Transparency”, a setting that allows users opt out of any tracking, including data collected by an application when not in use (much to the chagrin of advertising platforms like Google and Facebook).
We have already explained how iOS 14 Transparency of application tracking increases user privacy, but the recent iOS 14.5 update makes the functionality even better, adding new settings that let you change the tracking permissions for each application that you installed.
How to use app tracking transparency in iOS 14.5
You must update to iOS 14.5 (or iPadOS 14.5) to use the new app tracking transparency settings, but after the update is installed, the feature is enabled by default. You will notice that it takes effect each time you install a new application – a arise the notification goes now ask if you would like to let the app follow you.
You can also see which apps are allowed to follow you and change their permissions at any time in the iOS settings app:
- Go to Settings> Privacy> Tracking.
- Apps that request tracking permissions are listed under “Allow apps to request tracking”.
- Tap any of the apps on the list to allow or restrict tracking permissions.
If you prefer to turn off tracking for all IOS apps you can disable “Allow applications to request tracking” under Settings> Privacy> Tracking. This parameter will also be automatically apply to any new apps you download in the future.
Note that disabling tracking will affect the operation of an application, and there is a chance to do it might break functionality in some apps, while others may refuse to work at all. In general, however, the most common effect is that you will see Less relevant ads: An app will notify you if you turn off its tracking permissions. You can always restore the tracking permissions if this is becauseare to be a problem for you (and you don’t mind being followed). And if a the app doesn’t work with tracking turned off and you still don’t want to be tracked, you can still delete this app.
The transparency of iOS 14.5 app tracking isn’t the only privacy-focused feature Apple has recentlyolled to its users. TThe App Store now tells you what kinds of the data that iOS apps follow before you Download themand the latest versions of Safari prioritize anonymity and make it hard to follow.