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California To Launch COVID-19 iPhone Contact Tracing December 10

Nadia Ali

| 14 days ago


California (CA) will begin the official rollout of their digital contact tracing program this week, approximately six months after Apple and Google made the feature available on the iPhone and Android.

Gavin Newsom, California's Governor, announced the rollout of the app would commence on Thursday, December 10. This will allow the nearly 40 million California residents to stay safe throughout the pandemic.

Development of Contact Tracing

California developed its Exposure Notifications software to be compatible with the CA Notify app. Moreover, the official website of the CA Notify app's official website' official website has stated that users do not need to manually download the app from the official website to opt-in to the contract-tracing.

There are a few differences in turning the contract tracing on/off on your iPhones running on iOS 13 and iOS 14.

For instance, for iPhones with iOS 13.6.1 and earlier, your local health authority will provide an app for you to download, which will require your clear permission to use the anonymous Bluetooth data.

To turn the tracer on/off, you head to the Settings on your iPhone, select Privacy, then Health, and tap Covid-19 Exposure Logging.


However, with iOS 13.7 and iOS 14 and after, as mentioned above, you will not have to download an app for the contact tracing to work successfully on your iPhone mentioned above. However, the support of a local health department will most-likely still be involved.

Visit Apple's website for a full in-depth explanation of how Apple and Google have worked together to ensure the contact tracing is built around the core value of privacy and security and respect for their users.

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System Covered

iOS 14
Release Date:
September 2020


The iOS 14 released with a variety of new features, including new widget design, a new built-in translate app, sleep tracking in Health App and more. These are designed to make your iOS experience cleaner yet cooler with its upgrades. iOS 14 truly separates the old-generation of iPhones from the new.

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