Apple released iOS 14.5 nearly a month ago and with it, the long-awaited App Tracking Transparency feature was made available to the public. The feature allows users to choose whether or not they want to be tracked across websites and apps. But many users reported that they could not access the feature as the toggle was greyed out.
Last month, Apple stated that the “tracking option should come greyed out by default for Apple IDs of which the owner is under the age of 18 or for devices with an MDM profile”. While that may be applicable, this was not the case for many of the users who reported having this problem.
Apple releases an update to fix greyed out toggle for App Tracking Transparency
The company initially tried to fix the greyed-out toggle in the first week of May, but reports stated that the problem still occurred. Now, it seems that the latest update has indeed fixed the issue.
Now that the problem has been fixed, users now can either globally turn tracking on or off. Before users could only handle app tracking individually, which would make sense if someone were to have fewer apps to manage. But that also has a downside, users would have to remember to turn tracking on or off for each app. The global toggle eliminates this downside as well as you can completely disable tracking.
9to5Mac’s Filipe Espósito shared his experience with App Tracking Transparecenty saying that the option was initially unavailable on all three devices but it is finally working now.
I have an iPhone 12 mini running iOS 14.5.1, and an iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPad Air 3 running iOS 14.6 RC. The option was unavailable on all three devices and first became available earlier today on my iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now ATT is also working as expected on my iPhone 12 mini and iPad Air 3. Other users have been sharing similar reports.
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