Prevent the iPhone from tracking you by disabling the U1 chip in this way — 2022

Apple in recent weeks has suffered a severe scandal regarding privacy. Specifically, we are talking about the bug that was reported in which we saw how the iPhone could continue to track our location even though we had chosen not to. This has finally been fixed and we can finally prevent an iPhone from tracking our location.

The scandal that arose a few weeks ago was basically based on the fact that Apple services tracked our location even though we had them disabled. The answer given by the company is that the U1 chip of the iPhone requires knowing the location of the device at all times. The legislation is quite strict in this sense and it is that in some countries the use of the ultra broadband network is not approved and that is why it must be deactivated in some locations.

iOS 13.3.1 now allows you to disable the U1 chip

in the face of this scandal , Apple has allowed since iOS 13.3.1 to disable the U1 chip ultra broadband. In this way, the iPhone will not track our location permanently, but obviously we will have to sacrifice ultra-broadband networks.

In order to deactivate this U1 chip, you must first have the version of iOS 13.3.1. Once you have installed this software update, you must follow these steps:

  1. On iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy.
  2. Go down to the bottom of this window and click on 'Location Services'
  3. disable the option ‘Network connection and wireless networks’.

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Once we deactivate this option, we must give our confirmation. In the dialog box that appears, it is explained to us that deactivating this option it can end up affecting the performance of bluetooth, WiFi and also obviously ultra-wideband technology.

Obviously disabling the U1 chip will have some consequences in both the short and long term. We must remember that this hardware is directly related to the future AirTag that Apple plans to introduce. In addition, it will also affect how you can AirDrop files between two iPhones. With this chip we can send documents through AirDrop simply by pointing the iPhone at another mobile device. We will have to think about whether we want to lose these functions in exchange for improving our privacy, although we must remember that Apple guarantees that this information is not stored on the company's servers.

We are certainly glad to know that Apple listens to users and that it responds quickly to scandals that may arise in the company. You just have to see how quickly they have provided a solution through a software update to this problem that began to surface in various forums.

And you, are you going to deactivate the U1 chip?