Published: Sat, May 23, 2020
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How to turn on COVID-19 contact tracing on your iPhone

How to turn on COVID-19 contact tracing on your iPhone

Apple and Google's contact tracing API has paid heed to privacy debates around contact tracing, and it now remains to be seen as to how this update reflects upon all the existing contact tracing apps across the world.

In addition to rolling out an update in iOS 13.5 that makes it easier to log in to your phone when wearing a face mask, the new software includes a feature that could notify you of possible exposure to COVID-19. The aim is to alert users who may have been exposed to the coronavirus via a notification. In the future, apps developed by public health agencies can use this technology to send a notification if you've been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 - or rather, if your phone was near the phone of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Both Apple and Google had said that they would still support countries that have opted for a "regional or state approach". Other health agencies in other locations will get access in the coming weeks. At the time of writing, no apps are now ready.

The iOS 13.5 update also brings Face ID enhancements. The iOS 13.5 update had hit the "golden master" (pre-release testing) stage only two days ago, and measures 420MB in size for users who keep their devices regularly updated. (Image credit: Future)(Image credit: Future)(Image credit: Future)4. We detail Apple and Google's Exposure Notification system in our guide here. The facial recognition tech isn't created to work with a face mask and it can be a hassle to skip Face ID in order to enter the passcode.


- Also works when authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID. If a person has tested positive for Covid-19, their iPhone can share a list of everyone they've been in contact with to the cloud.

Users can also change the feature on Group FaceTime calls that makes some call participants appear larger than others when they speak with the update and choose an option to share their Medical ID information with emergency services when making an emergency call.

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