This post will walk you through enabling the COVID-19 exposure notification feature on the Apple iPhone SE 2020 handset. Read on to learn how to make your work as a COVID-19 contact alarm.
iOS COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Feature
In an effort to back the world’s bid to limit or stop the spread of COVID-19, tech giants Google and Apple have developed their very own novel contact tracing API tool that is specifically programmed to let iPhone and Android smartphones detect potential contact to anyone nearby who is later diagnosed with COVID19 infection. This means that anyone with an iPhone or Android smartphone can use their respective devices to inform them if they happen to be near to someone who is COVID-19 positive.
If you’re wondering how to make your iPhone work this way, I’ve laid out a step-by-step demo that can be used as personal reference. Here’s how to configure your special edition iPhone 2020 to notify you on a possible COVID-19 contact.
Activating the iPhone SE 2020 Exposure Notifications Feature
The following steps are only applicable to the iPhone SE 2020 and other iPhones that are running on the latest version of iOS 13. Actual screens and menu items may vary based on device models and service providers.
1. To get started, go to your Home screen and then tap the Settings icon.
Doing so will let you access the main settings menu that highlights the basic and advanced iOS features.
2. Scroll down to view more items. Then, tap Exposure Notifications to proceed.
Another screen opens with the option to turn on Exposure Notifications.
3. Tap Turn on Exposure Notifications to continue.
On the next screen, you will be prompted to select your country or region on the list provided.
4. You can scroll down or up to locate your country or region. Once found, simply tap to select it.
If the feature is not yet available in your region, you will get a note saying so. In this case, there’s nothing you can do on your end as the Exposure Notifications still need to be turned on for your region by your public health authority.
5. If the feature is already supported or available in your place, you will be prompted with the message saying that your region has an the said notification app. In this case, you will be directed to download the Exposure Notifications for ASI app from the App Store.
If necessary, launch the App Store to search for and download the official Exposure Notification app from a verified health authority. Once you have downloaded and installed the app, open it and then tap the option to enable tracking and regular notifications.
Give your phone a few moments to finish setting up Exposure Notifications and you should be all set to get notified whenever you’re exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, for as long as that person has noted it in their own tracking app.
Having Trouble Activating COVID-19 Exposure Notification?
Please note that not all iPhones support the Exposure Notification API. In addition, the feature is also not available on all countries and regions. Having said that, there is a higher chance that the feature isn’t available on certain iOS device models and locations.
The system is called technically tagged as an Exposure Notification API — a framework for utilizing your smartphone to facilitate contact tracing. The contact tracing however isn’t that complete or limited. The API only works as a socket in your device that can be utilized by an app developer to interact with a specific segment of the device directly and in a standardized manner.
The Exposure Notification API is available to all iPhones running on the latest version of iOS 13 as well as all Android iPhones through a special Google Play Services update.
Your public health authority’s guidelines and data will determine whether or not you have had significant exposure worthy of notification. This denotes that your local department support is still required for the feature to work as intended.
And that covers everything in this quick tutorial.
For more information on how this feature works between iPhone and Android smartphones, you can visit either Google Support or Apple Support page then search for Exposure Notifications guidelines or relevant information.
To view more comprehensive tutorials and troubleshooting videos on different mobile phones and tablets, feel free to visit The Droid Guy channel on YouTube anytime.
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