Carrier IQ: How to Disable Tracking on Your iPhone

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Business | by

There has been a lot of news surrounding Carrier IQ recently.

Is Carrier IQ on your iPhone?  Yes.

Apple has said that it’s not on every device, and while that might be true, it’s probably running for a lot of us.  If you have Diagnostics & Usage turned on, then it is running on your iPhone (that’s how Apple dances around it, iOS 5 asks if you want to turn it on).

iPhone: Disable Carrier IQHow do you turn off Carrier IQ?  It’s very easy on the iPhone:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Location Services
  3. Scroll to the bottom and go to System Services
  4. Turn Diagnostics & Usage off
It sucks that Carrier IQ is on our iPhones, but it’s nice that we can turn it off

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3 Comments to Carrier IQ: How to Disable Tracking on Your iPhone

December 2, 2011

Android has a similar system settings option to turn off all Diagnostics & Usage, but that still did not turn CarrierIQ off in the dudes video, so I am not sure this is enough, I run a build of android I compiled myself, but I did it via someone else’s instructions word for word, so I don’t know if it has it either. I don’t think so but I am starting to get scared that this kind of thing sits at the core of the kernel now.


December 2, 2011

I’m not sure it would be so easy to turn off either. Though, if Apple forced it on despite this option being off, there will be a minor uproar.

[…] Apple claims that it has removed Carrier IQ from some of its iOS 5 devices.  To be sure you can follow these directions for turning it off: Carrier IQ: How to Disable Tracking on Your iPhone […]

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