Just like any other sophisticated operating system out there, iOS from Apple also implements its app permissions system to control what individual apps can access when installed on your iPhone/iPad. It is solely your choice as a user to decide whether every app installed on your device can access everything from personal information and sensors to cellular data and notifications or you want to restrict its access to a few things.
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- What Are App Permissions All About?
- Managing Permissions For A Single App
- Managing General Permissions For Apps
- Managing More Specific App Permissions
What Are App Permissions All About?
Usually, well-designed apps require the user’s permission before they’re able to change something on your device. Typically, the best iPhone appsare designed in a way that they self explain why the permission is being requested. This helps you understand why the app needs your permission.
However, once your permission is granted, that particular app will have it forever – or at least until it is manually revoked by you. If you don’t let the app do whatever it is asking, it will save your action and will avoid doing that thing again. You won’t see the permission prompt again. However, it is still possible for you to give app permissions later on whenever you deem necessary. And, for that you will have to go to system Settings.
Managing Permissions For A Single App
It is possible to manage permissions for different apps in various ways. You may go to Settings and check out various notification and privacy permissions to determine what permission is granted to which app. You may also be interested in specific permissions as well. For instance, if you want to optimize your battery usage then you may like to revoke background app refresh permission from certain apps to ensure that your battery usage is optimized.
You may just look at one app and find out what permissions are given to it and then toggle each permission on and off as you need. Here is how you can do that.
- Go to Settings on your iOS device
- Scroll down to the Apps section at the bottom
- Tap the app that you want to change the permissions for
- Enable/Disable individual permissions given to the app
Managing General Permissions For Apps
Besides managing permissions for individual apps, it is also possible for you to manage some General app permissions as well. For this you will have to go to the General settings of your iPhone and then enable/disable permissions. Here are the steps to follow.
- Open Settings on your iPhone
- Tap General
- Tap Restrictions
- Tap ‘Enable Restrictions’ right there on the top
- You’ll be prompted to enter your passcode or create one
- Now you can slide toggle switches On/Off in front of your desired apps to managerestrictions
- Go to “Allow Changes” section and change permissions for the location-based apps. (You can also go to “Allowed Content” section to find out what sort of content is accessible to the iPhone apps.)
- Tap General towards top left of your iPhone screen and all the changes will be saved.
Managing More Specific App Permissions
Besides all the above mentionedapp permissions, there are some more specific permissions that you can manage on your iPhone/iPad.Background app refresh and Privacy permissions are among the most common of these.
The Background App Refresh feature allows apps to run in the background and fetch some of the latest data that they need. If you want to restrict certain apps from doing that, here is what you need to do.
- Go to Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Background App Refresh
- Scroll through the list and enable/disable the feature for your desired apps.
As for the Privacy Permissions, there are quite a few permissions grouped together in this section and when you tap each of these you can find out which apps have the permission to access those areas of your iPhone/iPad. The permissions include the access to location services, calendars, contacts, Bluetooth, microphone, reminders, camera, etc. Here is how you can manage these permissions.
- Go to Settings
- Scroll down and tap Privacy
- Now tap the desired category from the list to find out which apps are accessing it
- Enable/Disable permissions for individual apps using the toggle button in front of them
So, that’s all about how you can manage permissions on your iPhone and iPad. Follow instructions in any of the sections above to manage specific app permissions.
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