Apple has now given users the ability to block all or individual apps from tracking them which keeps personal data private in the latest iOS update, iOS 14.5. Apps historically used your IDFA (advertising identifier) to track you across different apps and websites, but now in iOS 14.5, Apple will force apps to show a prompt asking users for permission to track them, like “Allow [app] to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites?”
So, when this prompt comes up for you can choose “”Ask App Not to Track,” which will block all access to your IDFA, or you could choose “Allow,” which will let the app access the information for tracking purposes. This prompt will pop up for every app you launch after the iOS 14.5 update, but if you don’t want to deal with all those pop-up prompts then check out the How-To below:
Block all apps from tracking you
- Select the Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap select Privacy.
- Select Tracking.
- Toggle off “Allow Apps to Request to Track.”
Going through these steps will make life on iOS 14.5 a little easier now that you don’t have to deal with all of those potential pop-ups. Or if you are like some of us, you can just manually block everyone that pop up in a defiant torrent of rage and satisfaction.