How to Stop App Tracking on iPhone: 4 Easy Methods

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  • 10 June 2024
  • 12 mins read

Currently, over 1.334 billion people are using the iPhone worldwide.

Most iPhone owners are concerned about their privacy.

Apps you install on your iPhone may track your online and app activity even though you are not using them. 

This activity data is frequently sold to third parties for use in advertising decisions. 

Isn't that shocking and scary?

You must restore control over your privacy to remove app tracking on iPhones.

This guide will instruct you how to turn off app tracking on iPhones and how vital this step is for data privacy. 

What is App Tracking?

App tracking is the act of tracking your activity both within and between apps and providing customer data to companies for their purposes. 

Although most people accept this as part of app engagement, people despise apps that continue to follow customers even after they close the app. 

Apple included an app tracking transparency feature to prevent iPhone apps from following you. 

However, users may still encounter issues with certain apps tracking them, which may be turned off individually.

4 Easy Ways to Find Out if Your iPhone Is Being Tracked

Here are various signs that your iPhone might have tracking apps. Some of the most common ones are as follows:

  1. More Power Consumption

Spy software added to your device may also cause a sudden increase in battery drain.

 If you notice that you need to charge your iPhone's battery more frequently than usual, someone is likely following you. 

Although this is a sign, it is essential to note that battery life will decrease as your device ages. What you should look out for is sudden power drains or battery stuck.

  1. iPhone Randomly Shuts Down

Does your iPhone often shut down even when it is 100% charged? If this occurs frequently, look for unwanted tracking applications on the device.

Your device may malfunction due to low-quality spy software, which could lead to unexpected shutdowns.

  1. Noise During a Phone Call

A bad connection may cause the background noise you hear on the phone. However, it could also mean that spy software has been installed on your device. 

This is because some spy software can record phone calls, which can result in the sounds you hear during a call. These sounds might range from beeping to still, clicking, and even voices.

  1. Increase in iPhone Data Usage

If you see an enormous rise in data usage on your iPhone, this could indicate the installation of tracking software on your device. 

Some spy software requires an internet connection to relay captured data to the person following your device, which may require a large amount of data. 

To determine how much data is being used, track it with an app like Data Usage for iPhone.

4 Ways to Stop App Tracking on iPhone 

Here are some vital ways to stop apps tracking on iPhone:

  1. Control Location Data for Specific Apps

On your iPhone, you can control location information for specific apps in the following ways:

  1. Select "Privacy" from the Settings menu by tapping it.
Select "Privacy" from the Settings
  1. Select "Location Services".
Select "Location Services"
  1. Scroll down to see the list of apps that have requested access to your location.
  1. Tap the app that you want to manage.
Tap the app that you want to manage
  1. You'll have four options:
  • Never: The app will not get access to your location information.
  • Ask Next Time: The software will ask for permission the next time it needs your location.
  • While Using the App: The app only has access to your location when actively using it.
  • Always: This indicates that the app can access your location data even when unused. 
  1. Select never to turn off location from tracking you.
Select never to turn off location

You can select your preferred option for that app. "While Using the App" is often the recommended setting for most apps that require location access.

You can disable "Precise Location" for an app if you only want to share a predicted position rather than your precise location.

  1. Block App Tracking on iPhone

The methods outlined below will enable you to toggle off app tracking on your iPhone:

  1. Before continuing, ensure your iPhone is running the most recent version of iOS. To do so, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update.
navigate to Settings
navigate to General setting option
Update software on mobile
  1. After that, Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Tracking.
Go to Settings
Navigate to privacy and security option of mobile
Tracking option on mobile
  1. Find the "Allow Apps To Request To Track" option and turn it off. After activating this, apps will not ask permission to follow your behavior.
Find the "Allow Apps To Request To Track"

Make sure that only the services that require tracking—such as fitness applications, maps, and weather apps—have tracking enabled by looking through your list of installed apps.

3. Turn Off Location Tracking

You may stop your iPhone from tracking your location by following these steps: 

  1. Go to Settings > Location Services > Privacy & Security.
Go to Settings
NAvigate to privacy and security option
Navigate to location services
  1. You'll see a list of apps asking to use your location information. Any app's location tracking can be turned off whenever you'd like.
Navigate to location services
  1. If you wish to stop providing Apple with location data, ultimately, disable the "Location Services" option at the top of the page.
Turn on location services
  1. Find Hidden Tracking Apps

On your iPhone, you can locate hidden tracking apps by following these steps:

  1. Go to Location Services under Settings > Privacy & Security.
Navigate to mobile settings
Navigate to privacy and security settings
NAvigate to location services
  1. After that, select System Services > Location Services.
Navigate to system services
  1. Check your iPhone's list of location-based services. Turn off anything that doesn't appear necessary or suspicious.
Check your iPhone's list of location-based services

Prevent Data Extraction by Scammers and Hackers

PurePrivacy helps customers control their online activity, prevent devices from tracking them, and remove data from data brokers.

Limiting access to personal information and protecting privacy offers a secure browsing experience.

Use your smart phone freely

How Does Pureprivacy Work:

Reduce Targeted Ads

Websites and applications use trackers such as cookies to gather information about you. A tracker blocker can assist in stopping this. It prevents known trackers from connecting to the websites you visit, so you see fewer advertisements.

Protect Your Personal Data

Trackers discreetly collect information about your device, location, and internet activities without your consent. A tracker blocker operates as a shield, preventing data collection and keeping your information private.

Enjoy Unrestricted Access to Websites

Some websites contain unnecessary tracking programs, which slow them down. Blocking such programs can improve website performance and prevent tracking concerns, allowing you to navigate the web more freely and efficiently.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How can I find hidden tracking applications on my iPhone?


    To find hidden tracking apps, follow these steps:

    Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap your Apple ID near the top of the screen.
    Select Media & Purchases, then click View Account.
    Verify yourself with Touch ID, Face ID, or the device passcode.
    Slide down and select Hidden Purchases.

  • How can I turn off sharing tracking on my iPhone?


    Open the Find My app. Do any of the following: Stop sharing with just one person. Choose the People tab, identify the person you want to stop sharing with, and tap their name.

    Scroll down and tap Stop Sharing My Location. Stop sharing with everyone. Select the Me tab, then turn off Share My Location.

  • Does the iPhone have private apps?


    You may hide apps on your iPhone so they do not appear on the home screen or in search results.

    You can find a hidden app by asking Siri, using the Search function, or opening the App Library. Hiding an iPhone app does not remove its data, and you can unhide it anytime.

  • Simplify your online presence today

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Secure Your iPhone from App Trackers!

This is an advisory to be aware that monitoring apps may be installed on your device without your consent or knowledge. 

It is vital to stay aware and understand how to detect and remove such programs if you come across one.

PurePrivacy is a complete online privacy solution that protects your private information and safeguards your browsing activities while you explore online.