More

    Why Are Apps Asking to Use Bluetooth on iOS 13 & What To Do

    Why Are Apps Asking to Use Bluetooth on iOS 13 & What To Do is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

    If you install iOS 13 on your phone, you will definitely see an alert that apps want to use Bluetooth. In fact, if you have Facebook installed, you’ve probably already seen this pop up saying, “Facebook” Would Like to Use Bluetooth on your phone. That’s just one of the apps that want to use Bluetooth, and it’s not for headphones.

    This is what you need to know about the request to use Bluetooth, plus what you can and should do. We also show you how to change Bluetooth location access in iOS 13.

    Why Are Apps Asking to Use Bluetooth on iOS 13

    The real reason iOS 13 apps want to use Bluetooth.

    Most of the apps asking to use Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad after installing iOS 13 are doing so to track your location. Bluetooth beacons allow apps and retailers to know when you are close to a store or at a specific place in a mall or in a city. Developers could use Bluetooth and WiFi to figure out your location.

    This has been happening in the background for quite some time, but now Apple is cracking down and giving you control over the access to Bluetooth. If a developer wants to use Bluetooth to track your location, they have to ask.

    A developer does not need this to send audio to headphones or speakers. So Facebook, Netflix, YouTube and other apps can still send audio to your headphones if you say no to Bluetooth access.

    With your location, you could see location-relevant offers or even possibly ads, depending on the app asking for the information.

    How to Change Bluetooth App Access in iOS 13

    How to change app Bluetooth access in iOS 13.

    When an app asks to use Bluetooth, you can choose to allow access or you can tap on don’t allow to stop the apps from using this information to figure out where you are. This appears very mundane, pushing the more ominous ability to know when you are nearby to the end of the message.

    If you’ve already given an app access and you want to change this, you can. It’s a little tricky to find since it isn’t in the app options or under Bluetooth. This is how you can change whether an app can use Bluetooth on iOS 13.

    1. Open Settings
    2. Tap on Privacy.
    3. Tap on Bluetooth.
    4. Toggle an App’s Access On or Off.

    Repeat this for each of the apps you want to change the options for. This means you can go back and change this after you learn about the real reason apps want Bluetooth access on iOS 13.

    50+ Exciting Things You Can Do With the Apple Watch

    >
    1 / 55

    Why Are Apps Asking to Use Bluetooth on iOS 13 & What To Do is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

    Recent Articles

    Pokémon Go reunites the Legendary Regi Titans for colossal new event

    Regirock, Regice and Registeel will return to raids for four days leading up to Regigigas taking over EX raids in November. What you need to...

    Snapchat on iOS adds integration with Reddit for easy cross-platform sharing

    Reddit is teaming up with Snapchat to make it easier to share content between platforms. Starting today, when you tap the share sheet in...

    iCloud Photo Library: The ultimate guide

    iCloud Photo Library is part of Apple's iCloud service, and helps you back up, sync, and share your images and video. Here's everything you...

    Getting Overwatch on Switch? You should probably just buy from the eShop

    The Switch is a console that lends itself well to owning a digital library. With that focus on portability, there’s something to be said...

    5 Things to Know About the macOS 10.15.1 Update

    Apple is working on the macOS 10.15.1 update, which is now in beta testing as the first major update for macOS Catalina. There is a chance...

    Related Stories

    Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox