How to enable COVID-19 contact notifications on iPhone

Apple has partnered with Google to create a Coronavirus Contact Tracking System for iOS and Android. Here’s how to enable the new feature on iPhones running iOS 13 and iOS 14.


We remind you that the system is still unavailable in Russia. The first application to support the new system appeared in Virginia, USA. Now they are available in Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, North Dakota and Wyoming. Support appeared in Canada, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland. It is not known whether the function will appear in the RF at all.

Recently a slightly modified Exposure Notifications Express system was released, which allows you to use the system even without downloading a separate application. However, regional support is still needed. The modified system is available in iOS 13.7 and iOS 14 beta 4 and newer.

Anonymous contact tracing for COVID-19 over Bluetooth is available starting with iOS 13.5. The system is called “Exposure Notifications” and is disabled by default. On iOS 13.6.1 and later, you need to download the local healthcare provider app to use the feature. In iOS 13.7 and iOS 14 beta 4 and later, you don’t need to download a separate app.

Note: Exposure Notifications (contact tracking) is disabled by default in iOS 13.5 and later. The feature does not track your data until you enable it.

How to enable contact tracing for COVID-19 in iOS 13.6.1 and older

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select a section Confidentiality
  3. Select here Health
  4. At the top, select Contact notifications with COVID-19
  5. To enable the function, you need a special application. After that, you can turn on the system by pressing the switch.
  6. You can manually delete the data at the bottom of the settings at any time.

This is how it looks:


How to enable contact tracing for COVID-19 in iOS 13.7 & 14 beta 4 and later

Newer versions do not need a dedicated application, but local support is still needed. If there is no system support in your country, then you will not be able to use the function.

The system is still disabled by default.

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select the Contact Notifications section above the Battery section.
  3. Please select Enable contact notificationsto check if the feature is available in your area.
  4. You can also turn on notifications when the system becomes available in your area.

This is how it looks:


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