iOS Version: 11.3

My iPhone won’t allow me to give any apps camera, microphone, or library access.

I’ve gone to their individual settings for the apps and there’s no options. If I go to Camera in privacy, I don't see the options.

Furthermore, I notice all of my contacts are gone. None have any names nor can I give them any. If I try going to the Phone app, the tab for contacts has disappeared too!

In the Calendar, the option to add dates is grayed out and all the dates of the automatic holidays and such are gone too.

I’ve had the phone for just over a year and it only just started doing this.

I’ve made sure that I don’t have restrictions on, I’ve reset locations and permissions, and I’ve reinstalled apps. I really don’t know what else to do.

How else might I try to resolve this?

  • is the iPhone jailbroken? Are you using iCloud to backup your data? Are you signed in to iCloud with the correct user ID and password? If so, when you go to icloud.com do you see all your contacts and calendars? Please edit your question to include your iOS version.
    – fsb
    May 23, 2018 at 12:28
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    That’s why I think it’s strange; I don’t do anything dodgy, so I assumed it to be a bug. But, I don’t know, maybe I’ve accidentally clicked on an ad, not thought anything of it, and somehow gotten something malicious there.
    – Jack
    May 23, 2018 at 15:05
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    Thank you for your time and help, though. :)
    – Jack
    May 23, 2018 at 15:05
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    Have you ever figured this out? I'm having the same issue
    – Jan
    Mar 5, 2019 at 16:30
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    Sadly, no, I haven't; the phone is still like that. I just gave up since Apple is so locked down that any diagnosis is impossible. Sorry
    – Jack
    May 25, 2019 at 15:44

1 Answer 1


Sometimes a simple reboot, or even a forced reboot may work. If not, try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location and Privacy and see if this fixes the problem.

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  • It’s been through many reboots and force reboots; I’ve had this problem for months now as I originally asked on the official Apple forums and got no response. I have tried resetting location and privacy to no avail, but it can’t hurt to try again so I’ll give it another shot. Thank you :)
    – Jack
    May 23, 2018 at 15:14
  • Sadly, it didn’t do anything. Thank you though
    – Jack
    May 23, 2018 at 16:02
  • it is working if do reset. but, apple will reject application if not ask permissions . Then , How to do the same
    – Vineesh TP
    Dec 12, 2018 at 15:21
  • I have been having this problem for a month now in Aug 21, starting out of nowhere or perhaps after declining some Siri activation questions. In the end this "Reset Location and Privacy" plus a restart helped. I did not test just a restart before.
    – Blama
    Sep 8, 2021 at 8:26
  • @Blama The only fix I've found for this is resetting the device. Try backing up your device to iTunes, then reset your device, and then sync your backup onto the reset device.
    – Jack
    Sep 9, 2021 at 9:11

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