iOS 14 Local Network Privacy Feature – To Allow Apps Or Not?

Facebook Local Network Access prompt in iOS 14

Facebook Local Network Access prompt in iOS 14.

iOS 14 truly brings Privacy on your iPhone and iPad to another level. You can now control if the apps installed on your Apple smartphone are allowed to find and connect to devices on your local network.
A pop up is displayed the first time you open an app that performs such actions. You’re asked if you want give your permission. There are two binary options: Don’t Allow or OK!

Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to react. Any decision that you make can be undone later on in the Settings app.
However, if you’re really keen on privacy you might refuse the access in the first place.
If the app in question doesn’t work as you expect it to, you can follow the steps listed below and modify the permission in the Settings app.

How Does The Local Network Privacy Feature Work?

Apps that require local network access trigger a prompt the first time you open them. All the communication with the local network is blocked until you grant the permission.
If the app developer is proactive he will edit the pop up text and explain why the app requires local network access. Else, the standard text will be displayed:
‘Title: [app name] would like to find and connect to devices on your local network.
Body: This app will be able to discover and connect to devices on the networks you use.’

Conclusion: Hit ‘Don’t Allow’ or ‘OK’ to close the prompt and move on.

How To Edit Local Network Access

how to change Local Network privacy settings If you reconsider and want to change the permissions for one or more apps follow these steps:

  • 1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • 2. Scroll for Privacy.
  • 3. Tap on Local Network.
  • 4. Enable / Disable access to your local network for the listed apps.

Important: Be aware that most apps that require local network access, want to connect to other devices in order to provide all the advertised features. If you restrict access, the app in question might not work as it should.

What’s your take about this new Local Network access filer in iOS 14? Have you disallowed an app? Which one and why? Let us know in the comments section available below!

We’ve already reported about another new iOS 14 Privacy option that allows you to offer third party apps only Select Photos access. However, the most important new privacy enhancement in iOS 14 is the fact that you’re now able to only share your approximate location with apps that ask for your GPS coordinates, but don’t necessarily require your exact location.

Related: Fix for issue that prevents users from granting Facebook access to your local network!