How Does iPhone’s Exposure Notifications for Covid-19 Work

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In 2020, Apple introduced a feature called Exposure Notifications for iPhone. This helps to notify users who enable it to know if they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. It’s impressive that technology has been very helpful with managing the virus.

In this post, we’ll walk you through how exactly Exposure Notifications work and how to turn it on. Read through.

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How do Exposure Notifications Work?

Read through these steps to see how these notifications work on your iPhone.

  • The use of Bluetooth: Your iPhone makes use of Bluetooth to keep a log throughout the day. It looks for other devices – both Android and iOS – that have Exposure Notifications turned on. Once it finds them, it keeps a log of their shared identifiers. This log is on a rolling basis and is active for 14 days.
  • COVID-19 Report: If anyone gets a positive diagnosis, they can report it on the app and anonymously notifies anyone that’s been near them. Remember it can do this because it looks for other devices near you with the feature turned on?
  • Public Health: Your iPhone also checks your log for exposure to anyone that has reported a positive diagnosis for the virus. It’ll notify you if the exposure exceeds your public health authority guidelines.

How to Turn On Exposure Notifications on Your iPhone

Follow the steps below to turn on this feature on your iPhone.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Select Exposure Notifications.
  • Select Turn On Exposure Notifications.
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  • Tap Continue.
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  • Select your Country.
  • It’ll let you know if Exposure Notifications has been turned on in your region or not by your public health authority.
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This is a great way to be aware if you’ve been exposed to the virus in any way. However, it will be a lot more effective if more people turned on the feature and if it’s available in more regions. Tell us, what has your experience with Exposure Notifications on your iPhone been?

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