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

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

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

This is something that we saw in a testing phase on the iOS 13.5 beta late last month.

Apple's iOS 13.5 fixes a bug wherein iPhone users see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites.

The other big piece of the update is support for the exposure notification API developed jointly by Apple and Google.

Officially called "Exposure Notifications" in the iOS 13.5 update, Apple (along with Google doing the same with Android) has baked in an API for contact tracing apps. According to 9to5Mac, the update includes the first version of the company's Covid-19 exposure notification API. 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. If there's a match, you can be notified of what steps to take next.

Apple Update Alerts When Someone With Covid-19 Is Near

iOS 13.5 update for iPhones is here for users across the world, bringing a much needed update that makes it easier for iPhone users to unlock their devices while wearing masks. While Face ID, on everything from the iPhone X to the iPhone 11 Pro, is widely advanced and secure, it doesn't deal with face masks well at all. When the phone detects that users are wearing their masks, the unlock process will skip the Face ID authentication and jump straight to passcode when swiping up from the bottom of the Lock Screen - this prevents users from having to fail their face authentication before they are directed to the passcode screen. This lets you decide whether you want the video tile of a participant to become larger automatically when they speak. And you've also got the option to automatically share health and other essential info from your Medical ID with emergency services when you place an emergency call.

Thankfully, Apple has just released iOS 13.5 which makes unlocking your iPhone slightly less frustrating.

Apps that incorporate the Exposure Notification API will use Bluetooth to track and identify people in contact with an infected person.

Apple has updated Group FaceTime with a new toggle that disables automatic enlarging of the tile belonging to the person who is speaking.