Getting a new phone is exciting, but it can also result in you spending an annoying time adjusting settings, permissions, and notifications for all of your apps. Cloud backups are supposed to make this process easier, but they don’t always capture everything – for example, you’ll want to double-check that notifications for exposure to COVID-19 are still enabled on your new iPhone 12 if you restore from a backup. They may not be, to me BBC News.

If you are concerned that you may be affected, you can re-enable exposure notifications in iOS by opening the Settings app, and selecting Exposure notificationsAnd the And clicking Turn on exposure notifications.

Users initially noticed issues with the official UK National Health Service (NHS) contact tracing app. When some iPhone 12 and 12 Pro owners tried to open the app after restoring a previous iPhone backup, they were presented with an error message. Deleting and re-downloading the app appears to solve the problem by asking users to re-enable notifications for exposure to COVID-19 – but also delete all sites that users previously logged into.

It’s not clear if this issue is exclusive to iPhone 12 models or whether restoring any iPhone from a backup might stop the setup: we’re asking Apple and we’ll update you with what we hear. When we got one of our iPhone 12 back from a backup, we noticed exposure notifications turned off – so we suspect the problem could be system-wide rather than certain apps like the NHS.

It was an exposure notification system Originally announced in April It uses your phone’s bluetooth to notify you if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The resulting notification can also direct you to updated COVID-19 information online and where you can schedule a test for yourself.

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Track your contactsWhether automatic or manual, it is not a magic bullet to control the COVID-19 outbreak. But it is one of several steps, including a robust and easily accessible testing program, that can help you find out if you have the infection sooner so that it does not contribute to the spread. Re-enabling these notifications is an easy way – along with wearing masks and washing hands – to keep people out of harm’s way.