Technology

How to (Sort of) Privacy-Proof Your iPhone in iOS 14

A Comprehensive Guide to Taking Back Control

Thomas Tuchel
Oct 19, 2020 · 15 min read
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A cross-party tracking request in iOS 14 — Screenshot by Author

Throwing Out the Bad App(le)s

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Photo by Maria Teneva on Unsplash

Get Rid of Unused Apps

Screen Remaining Apps

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‘Privacy labels’ are another privacy feature added with iOS 14. Image by Apple

Use Mobile Websites Instead of Apps

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App vs. mobile website — which is which? Screenshots by Author
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Adding a home screen bookmark in Safari — Screen recording by Author

Getting the Good Stuff

Privacy-Protecting Apps

Privacy-Respecting Apps

Building From Baseline

Content & Privacy Restrictions

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General Settings

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Privacy Settings

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App and Website Settings

Keeping Your Guard Up

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Photo by Maxim Potkin on Unsplash

Use Privacy-Friendly Search Engines

Reject Cookies

Keep an Eye on Your Privacy Settings

Don’t Log in to Apps and Websites

Cover Your Front Camera

Watch the Camera and Microphone Activity Indicator

Seeing Through the One-Way Mirror

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Photo by Matteo Fusco on Unsplash

Summing It Up

App Library Clean-Up

Privacy-Protecting and Privacy-Respecting App Installation

Settings Adjustments

Day-to-Day Use

The Startup

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