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Apple Gradually Releasing Fix for Grayed-Out App Tracking Transparency Toggle

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iOS users are reporting that the App Transparency Feature toggle is no longer greyed out for many.

When Apple launched App Tracking Transparency with iOS 14.5, some users found that the toggle to “Allow Apps to Request to Track” was grayed out. This was unfortunate for users who actually did want to grant tracking for certain apps.

With the option grayed out, all apps on the affected iPhone were not given IDFA access meaning they could not track the user across apps and services. Apple was quick to explain that the App Tracking Transparency feature will be grayed out under certain circumstances for selected users:

  • For users with child accounts or under age 18 by birth year, signed in with their Apple ID
  • If your Apple ID is managed by an educational institution or uses a configuration profile that limits tracking
  • If your Apple ID was created in the last 3 days

Now, according to 9to5Mac, Apple is gradually rolling out an iOS fix that allows users to finally toggle the feature on and off:

According to multiple reports from 9to5Mac readers and people on social networks, the App Tracking Transparency toggle was mysteriously enabled on Tuesday. I was one of those who didn’t have the option available on my devices, and now it is magically working on all my iPhones and iPad.

Back in April, Apple said that the “tracking option should come grayed out by default for Apple IDs of which the owner is under the age of 18 or for devices with an MDM profile.” However, those situations didn’t apply to most users who were unable to access the App Tracking Transparency settings.

The company later released iOS 14.5.1, which was supposed to fix bugs related to the App Tracking Transparency. Even so, the option remained unavailable to a number of users. We still don’t know what Apple did exactly, but it is likely that the company changed something remotely to finally enable this option for everyone.

App Tracking Transparency is proving to be a popular privacy feature among iPhone users. A survey suggests that 96 percent of iPhone users in the US have App Tracking disabled, meaning they are not allowing installed apps to track them across other apps and services.

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