How to restrict an app's access to your contacts on iPhone and iPad

How to grant or deny access to your contacts with iOS 6 privacy controls

iOS 6 brings a lot of new features with it, including granular Privacy controls in Settings. Given previous controversies surrounding apps accessing your contacts, it's important to make sure that only apps you specifically allow have access to your contacts, and only for as long as you allow it. With Privacy, you can grant and revoke permission to access your contacts at any time.

How to grant an app access to your contacts

If an app is requesting to access your contacts, it'll normally present you with a pop-up. Some apps legitimately require access to your contacts to function properly. For example, Skype needs to access your contacts to place calls to the people on your contact list. If you deny access, you may find a time later on that you need to grant it. Y

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
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  4. Tap Contacts.
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  6. Find the app that you'd like to be able to have access to your Contacts app. Tap the slider next to the app name to the On position.
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How to restrict an app's access to your contacts

If you accidentally granted an app access to your contacts or decide later on that you don't want that app to have access, you can easily disable it as well.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the Privacy section and tap into it.
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  4. Tap into Contacts.
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  6. Find the app that you'd like to revoke access to your Contacts app from. Tap the slider next to the app name to the Off position.

That's all there is to it. You now have very good, very granular control over your contacts and the private information contained therein.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 6 comments. Add yours.

coreymcl says:

Interesting I don't have neither Facebook or Twitter listed under my Contacts privacy settings, I wonder why?

GlennRuss says:

If you are running iOS 6, sounds like another bug. In iOS 6, they show on my 4S. I really hope they fix these problems in 6.1, and put it out soon.

Stonebat says:

For the app to show, you need to access the portion of the app that wants to use your contacts. For Facebook, it only asked me when I tried to find friends and now it is there. I suppose it prevents the section from being full of apps which may never use your contacts?

Wyatt says:

Facebook is unlike other applications. What you need to do is go to Settings > Facebook and you can turn on/off access to Contacts and Calendar from there.

GlennRuss says:

iMore, I know your busy, but the scam on this site is a pain. Please delete it, thanks.

Stonebat says:

So, anyone find out what Bluetooth Sharing is yet?