California finally rolled out an Exposure Notification app for iOS. I turned it on, but there’s a setting for “Availability Alerts” that I can’t enable because it says Location Services is turned off in Settings. Thing is, it’s not. Every other app on my phone is able to use Location Services. I can’t see any disabled app or service that might be relevant to Exposure Notifications.

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On my buddy’s phone, it’s enabled. Any ideas?


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For "Availability Alerts" to be enabled, I believe you need to have 3 settings turned on:

  • Location Services
  • Location Alerts
  • Significant Locations

It looks like you might not have "Significant Alerts" turned on. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services and turn that on.

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  • I did notice that was off (not sure why), and I did turn it on; didn't realize that's what finally made the Availability option available. Not sure why anyone would intuit that. Thanks!
    – Rick
    Dec 11, 2020 at 21:42

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