10 iOS 13 settings to turn off

I think this video is nice for people that are way over their head with “tech stuff”, as it explains some basic settings that can improve your privacy and security in a few easy taps, and it’s easy to follow. This is why I decided to post it here, in the hope that it will be useful to some of you.

Recap: Turn off…

  1. Annoying Review Popups
    Settings > iTunes & App Store > In-App Ratings & Review Disable the setting.
  2. Analytics
    Settings > Privacy > Analytics > Disable all settings.
  3. Unneeded Location Services
    Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Go through the apps and revoke location access that’s not needed, or switch from “Always” to “While using the App” where it makes sense.
  4. Unneeded System Services
    Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Disable everything except “Emergency Calls & SOS”, “Find my iPhone” and “Share My Location” (if used).
  5. Significant Locations (formerly Frequent Locations), tracking
    Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations > Clear the history and disable the setting.
  6. Product Improvement (hidden analytics settings)
    Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Scroll down and disable all analytics at the bottom.
  7. Unneeded Background App Refresh (consumes data)
    Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Change Background App Refresh to “Wi-Fi” if you don’t have an unlimited cellular plan, and also disable Background App Refresh for all the apps that really need it (scroll through the list).
  8. Change mail setting from push to fetch
    I think this one can be skipped… But you can find it in the accounts settings.
  9. Check which Apps have access to camera, microphone and other sensitive data
    Settings > Privacy > Go through the different permissions and revoke any permissions that don’t make sense.
  10. Third-party keyboards with “Full Access”
    If you installed third-party keyboards in the past for the swipe functionality, they’re not needed anymore as Apple finally includes this in their keyboard, plus, third-party keyboards pose a security risk and it’s recommended to revoke full access and perhaps even uninstall the keyboard.
    Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Tap on any third-party keyboard and disable “Allow Full Access”.

2 thoughts on “10 iOS 13 settings to turn off”

  1. These are good suggestions! But it might be helpful to less informed readers to give a short explanation for recommendations like “revoke any permissions that don’t make sense.” How do they determine what does or doesn’t make sense?

    1. What I meant were things that don’t seem right, like a file browser asking for access to your microphone whereas a recording app would make sense to ask for microphone access. If there’s “no obvious purpose” then maybe it “doesn’t make sense”. 🙂

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