Apple and Google have collaborated together to build the ‘COVID-19 exposure notification’ feature in order to notify us whenever we come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
The ‘COVID-19 exposure notifications’ has been rolled out in both iOS and Android devices. But, they haven’t installed any tracker on your phone. This feature requires a supporting health app to work which means that an app or service has not been installed silently on your device.
Unfortunately, the ‘COVID-19 tracker’ made by the tech-giants are disabled by default. This new feature remains disabled because it doesn’t have a supporting app in India. The Aarogya Setu app made by the Indian government has an in-built contact-tracing API already. One of the reasons why the government hasn’t shown interest to link with this new feature on your phones is likely that the Government doesn’t want to rely on these APIs because of their strict privacy protocols which may result in losing control.
If you’re an Android user: Go to Settings > Click on Google > The first option shows ‘Covid-19 Exposure Notifications’.