Are you Receiving COVID-19 Exposure Notifications on iPhone

There is a good chance you will see a “COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Are Available” pop-up on your iPhone sometime soon; if you have not already seen it. Apple and Google launched this feature in May 2020 for the iPhone.

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There is a good chance you will see a “COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Are Available” pop-up on your iPhone sometime soon; if you have not already seen it. Apple and Google launched this feature in May 2020 for the iPhone.

This is for the iPhone

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The contact-tracing feature is dependent on apps from your local health authority that take advantage of it. In the USA, this means your state government generally has to roll out its own contact-tracing app. Not all state governments have done this yet.

You will see this notification when your local health authority rolls out its app if it has not already done so. If you travel between states or countries, you may see the notification when you arrive in a location that has such an app, too.

Contact-tracing is not enabled by default, and it does not do anything unless you choose to enable it. Also, it is just an API that your local public health authority; for example, your state government health agency; can use. If your local public health authority has not released an app that takes advantage of the API, there is no way to use it. Additionally, other people must be using the app for contact-tracing to work.

Turn On Exposure Notifications

You can choose to activate exposure notifications through Settings. First, open Settings (the gear icon), scroll down and tap Exposure Notifications to enable it. Refer to below image:

Accessing Notifications

Now, tap on the Turn On Exposure Notifications link. Also, enable the toggle Availability Alerts to On. See below image:

Enabling Notifications

If you want the notifications, scroll down and tap Continue and you will be prompted to install the app from your local public health authority, if not already installed. See following two images:

Continuing Exposure Notifications

Next, scroll and select your your Country. See below image:

Selecting your Country

Now, scroll and select your your State (for USA). See following image:

Selecting your State

You will be shown a screen whether Exposure Notifications is available or not. In our case, we selected our state, Oklahoma, where Exposure Notifications is NOT available. Next, click Done. Refer to below image:

Checking if Exposure Notification is available

Turn Off Exposure Notifications

If you do not want to see availability alerts when a COVID-19 tracking app is available in your area, head to

Settings > Exposure Notifications

And switch the Availability Alerts toggle to Off. See below image:

Turning off Exposure Notifications

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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