4 Important and Little-Known iPhone Privacy Settings

Alvaro Bernedo

IPhone Privacy Tips

The iPhone is a smartphone that really puts the power of a handheld computer in your pocket, and as such, it can also carry some of the most personal aspects of your life, including sensitive information, important memories, and more.

Because of this, it is extremely important to be able to keep this information as private as you want it to be, which is why in this entry we’ll show you a few really cool tips to enhance your iPhone’s privacy even more.

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1. Easily Get Rid of Lock Screen Notifications

While notifications are perhaps one of the greatest and handiest aspects of the iPhone, if for some reason your phone stays in your pocket for too long, the moment you pull it out you’ll have a hard time trying to make sense of all the notifications you’ll find on the lock screen. On top of that, you might also not want others to peek into your notifications, since there might be some sensitive information there.

Thankfully, there’s a pretty easy way to get rid of them without even unlocking your iPhone.

To do it, make sure you have notification center enabled and right from your lock screen pull it down and then push it back up. Once you do, you’ll see all those annoying notifications are gone.

Notification Center Slide

The best part of this? All your notifications will be waiting for you in Notification Center later on for when you have more time to deal with them.

2. Get Rid of Location Tracking

As we have shown you in a previous entry, one of the neatest features of your iPhone running iOS 7 is the detailed location data it can provide you. However, while this information can prove useful in some scenarios, if you are concerned about your privacy or if others have constant access to your iPhone, then you might want to disable this feature.

To do so, in your iPhone’s Settings head to Privacy. There, tap on Location Services and scroll down until you find the System Services option. Tap on it and at the bottom of the next screen tap on Frequent Locations.

IPhone Privacy  IPhone Location Services

IPhone System Services  IPhone Frequent Locations

There you will be able to turn the feature off and stop your iPhone from tracking your frequent locations.

IPhone Frequent Locations ON

3. Enable an Alphanumeric Password

Just as it sounds. It is much safer to have an alphanumeric password instead of the regular four-digit passcode protecting the access to your iPhone. In fact, an alphanumeric password might be the second best thing to protect your iPhone if you don’t yet enjoy the benefits of Touch ID.

You can change this security feature by heading to Settings and tapping on Passcode. Then turn off the Simple Passcode option.

IPhone Passcode  IPhone Simple Passcode

You’ll then be asked to create and authenticate a new alphanumeric passcode to make your device more secure.

IPhone New Passcode

IPhone Passcode Screen  IPhone Password Screen

4. Control Which Apps Access Your Important Information

There are some applications in your iPhone that store pretty sensitive and private information. It is natural for some other apps to usually request access to this information (like Facebook asking to access your Camera Roll for example), but sometimes you might end up inadvertently authorizing some third party apps to access information you wanted to keep private.

To verify this, head to your iPhone’s Settings and then tap on Privacy. There you will find all your important information and tapping on any of these options will let you have granular control over which apps can access which part of your info.

IPhone Settings Privacy

IPhone Information  IPhone Privacy Control

Bonus Tip: An additional measure that you can take to safeguard your privacy even more is to disable location-based advertising. Check out this entry to learn how to do it.

There you have it. If you value your information and privacy on your iPhone more than anything else, then put these tips to work and you’ll start feeling safer right from the start. Enjoy!

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Alvaro Bernedo

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Alvaro Bernedo

Contributor at Guiding Tech