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How to enable the iPhone’s App Privacy Report in iOS 15.2

Now you can easily see which sensors and hardware your apps are accessing.

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Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 15, promised to be more secure and private than ever before. Features like easy-to-use burner emails, a passwordless future, and how to see what data and permissions apps were using were all unveiled.

That last feature launched but didn’t actually let you see what apps were doing. Now, with iOS 15.2, you can see that feature’s results and its new name – App Privacy Report. It transparently shows you what the apps on your iPhone are doing, and it’s awesome.

Now you can easily see which sensors and hardware your apps are accessing and the myriad of web domains they talk to. That last point is important, as it was difficult to do that on your own.

Those web domains are probably being used to build up advertising profiles on you, so you can see why you’d want to know about them. Thankfully, Apple’s iOS App Privacy Report is here to help.

Here’s how to set up the iOS App Privacy Report on your iPhone

You’ll need to be on iOS 15.2 or iPadOS 15.2 for this to work. Once you download the update, follow along below:

  1. Open the Settings app ios settings app

  2. Tap on Privacy ios privacy menu

  3. Scroll down, then tap on App Privacy Report

  4. Tap on Turn On App Privacy Report

  5. After a few minutes, you should be able to see a screen like this on the App Privacy Report pageios 15.2 app privacy report

There are a few things you need to know about the data contained in the report. First, only the last seven days are shown, so Apple will keep no data older than that.

You’ll get data on four main categories:

  • Data & Sensor Access: This shows which apps are accessing sensors or hardware on your iPhone.
  • App Network Activity: Any internet domains that your apps are dialing out to will show up here. It’ll probably be mostly advertising domains, and big players like Facebook.
  • Website Network Activity: This shows which domains your browsing has visited.
  • Most Contacted Domains: The most frequently accessed domains from your apps or web browsing will show up here.

Every entry in the report is tappable, so you can see exactly what each app is up to. If you see something you don’t want happening, like an app accessing Location or Microphone data that it shouldn’t be, you can go to the app in Settings and revoke its access.

The report also shows you the third-party domains that your apps are accessing, which is very useful to know. If you want any of them to be blocked, you can do some other things. Some options include blocking them at your router or getting popular firewall devices like Firewalla to block things before they hit your device.

Apple’s App Privacy Report is now available to view in iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2.

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