How To control which apps have access to your Contacts in iOS

As iOS has matured the integration between your personal information and applications that want access to that personal information has also matured.  Apple has done a good job of making sure you know when an app requests access to your calendar, contacts, Twitter and Facebook accounts but also a good idea to just check up on things now and again to make sure the apps you don’t want to have access to your personal information doesn’t have it.  In this How To I’m going to show you how to see which apps have access to your Contacts and how you can disable that access should you want to do so quick and easy.

First, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to find the Privacy section and tap it.  This will bring you into all of the privacy settings on your device.  Now tap on the Contact section and it will bring you to the list of applications

Apps with Access to Contacts

Apps with Access to Contacts

that have access to your Contacts.  Hopefully, if you have been careful, you should not see any surprises in this list.  All of the apps here you would have had to approve to give access to your Contacts.  But, if you gave access by accident or want to revoke the access, here is where you could disable access.

Each app that has access has an On/Off slider.  Just slide it to Off for the apps you want to revoke access to your Contacts.  When you are done just tap the Home button and all of your changes take place with immediate effect.

Now if you tap on the Privacy button at the top of the page to go back to the Privacy settings on your iPhone, you will see other apps such as Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Twitter and Facebook.  If you remember back in August of last year I posted a How To on controlling which apps have access to your Twitter account.  This is the same place, just a different app.

One of the many things I appreciate about iOS is how simple Apple does make it in giving you control over your information.  For a company that is often accused of not having their customer’s best interests in mind, this clearly flies in the face of that notion.

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