How to Change the Permissions of iPhone Apps

By Brandon Getty

Customize your app permissions settings to protect your privacy.
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The iPhone's vast selection of apps is what makes it such an effective tool when traveling or networking. In order to function as designed, many of these apps draw from your personal information, such as your current GPS location or your contact list. Although most apps allow you to designate their permissions on first use, some may be accessing your information without your knowledge. Check the permissions of apps on your phone and change them in the Settings menu.

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone's home screen.

Step 2

Tap the "General" option and then tap "Restrictions." Touch the "Enable Restrictions" option.

Step 3

Enter your current security passcode or set a new one using the keypad that appears. Reenter it when prompted.

Step 4

Slide the toggle switch to the "Off" position next to each app for which you wish to limit permissions.

Step 5

Navigate to the "Allow Changes" heading to alter the permissions for location-based apps and mail apps. Navigate to the "Allowed Content" heading to determine what type of media is allowed to be accessed by your iPhone apps.

Step 6

Touch the "General" button in the top left of the screen to save your changes and return to Settings.