Stop Facebook From Tracking You On Your iPhone

Payette Forward
18 Feb 202206:08

TLDRThe video provides a guide on how to limit Facebook's access to personal information on an iPhone. It starts by advising viewers to restrict Facebook's access to photos, microphone, and camera through the iPhone's Privacy settings. The host also recommends turning off 'Allow Apps to Request to Track,' which prevents Facebook from tracking users across other apps and websites. Additionally, the video suggests adjusting Location Services settings to limit Facebook's access to the user's location. Inside the Facebook app, viewers are shown how to disable personalized ads based on partner data and how to turn off Location History to prevent Facebook from saving a list of visited locations. The video concludes by highlighting Facebook's recent discontinuation of facial recognition, a change prompted by user feedback and privacy concerns.


  • 📱 Limit Facebook's access to your iPhone's photos by selecting 'None' or 'Selected Photos' in the Privacy settings.
  • 🎤 Turn off Facebook's access to your microphone to prevent it from listening in all the time, only enabling it for live videos if needed.
  • 📸 Revoke Facebook's permission to use your camera within the app to prevent it from capturing new photos or live streaming without your consent.
  • 🛑 Disable 'Allow Apps to Request to Track' to stop Facebook from tracking your activities across other apps and websites.
  • 🏢 Facebook's claim that this setting hurts small businesses is misleading; small businesses are not adversely affected by users turning off tracking.
  • 📍 Adjust Location Services settings for Facebook to 'While Using the App' instead of 'Always' to limit how often it can access your location.
  • 🔍 Turn off 'Precise Location' for Facebook so that it only gets an approximate location, which is sufficient for most services.
  • 📑 Within the Facebook app, navigate to 'Ad Preferences' and then 'Ad Settings' to control the use of data from partners for personalized ads.
  • 🚫 Turn off the use of partner data for ads to limit the extent of personalization and protect your privacy.
  • 🗺️ Facebook saves your location history, which can be accessed and turned off in the Location History settings within the app.
  • 👁️ Facebook has discontinued facial recognition in response to privacy concerns, which is a positive step for user privacy.
  • 📢 Subscribe to the channel for more guides and information on privacy settings for various apps, not just Facebook.

Q & A

  • What was the impact of users limiting Facebook's access to their data?

    -Facebook experienced a significant financial loss, dropping $232 billion in a single day, which is attributed to users taking more control over their privacy settings.

  • How can you restrict Facebook's access to your photos on your iPhone?

    -You can go to Settings > Privacy > Photos, select Facebook, and choose either 'Selected Photos' or 'None' to limit its access.

  • Why might someone want to limit Facebook's access to their microphone?

    -Limiting access to the microphone prevents Facebook from potentially listening in on conversations at all times, which can be a privacy concern for users.

  • What is the significance of turning off the 'Allow Apps to Request to Track' setting?

    -This setting prevents Facebook and other apps from tracking your activity across different websites and apps, which can protect your privacy and limit the data that Facebook can use for targeted advertising.

  • How does Facebook use location data?

    -Facebook uses location data to show personalized ads based on where a user has been. It can also save a history of your locations, which can be a privacy concern.

  • What is the recommended setting for Facebook's location access in the Location Services?

    -The recommended setting is 'While Using the App', which allows Facebook to access your location only when the app is active.

  • Why should users be cautious about the 'Data about your activity from partners' setting in Facebook's Ad Settings?

    -This setting allows Facebook to use data from its partners to show personalized ads. Turning it off can help prevent Facebook from collecting and using this additional data for advertising purposes.

  • How did Facebook respond to the public's concerns about facial recognition?

    -Facebook discontinued the use of facial recognition technology in response to privacy concerns and feedback from users and privacy experts.

  • What is the purpose of the guide provided by the channel for subscribers?

    -The guide, available as a PDF, provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the privacy settings discussed in the video, helping users to navigate and adjust these settings on their own devices.

  • Why is it important to periodically review and adjust your Facebook privacy settings?

    -Regularly reviewing and adjusting privacy settings ensures that your personal information is protected as per your current comfort level and that you have control over what data is collected and how it is used.

  • How does limiting Facebook's access to your camera affect the app's functionality?

    -Limiting camera access will prevent the Facebook app from initiating new photo captures within the app. If you need to take a picture through Facebook, you can temporarily grant access, which can be revoked afterward.

  • What does the 'Precise Location' setting control in Location Services?

    -The 'Precise Location' setting determines whether apps can access your exact location coordinates. Turning it off allows apps to only determine your approximate location, which can be less invasive for privacy.



🛠️ Controlling Facebook's Access to Your Device

This paragraph discusses how to limit Facebook's access to your photos, camera, and microphone through the iPhone's Settings app. The video script explains the process of adjusting privacy settings to prevent Facebook from having constant access to these features. It also touches on Facebook's recent significant financial loss, which is attributed to users becoming more aware of privacy settings. The speaker guides viewers through the process of selecting which photos Facebook can access, turning off microphone access unless needed for live videos, and disabling camera access for the Facebook app. Additionally, the paragraph addresses Facebook's tracking capabilities and suggests turning off the 'Allow Apps to Request to Track' setting to prevent Facebook from tracking users across other apps and websites.


🏢 Managing Location Services and Ad Preferences in Facebook

The second paragraph delves into managing Facebook's access to location services and how to control ad preferences within the app. The video script provides instructions on how to adjust settings to limit Facebook's access to your location, suggesting options like 'While Using the App' or 'Ask Next Time' instead of 'Always.' It also advises turning off the 'Precise Location' feature, which is not necessary for most apps, including Facebook. The paragraph further explores Facebook's data collection practices, particularly concerning location history, and guides viewers on how to disable location history tracking. The script also mentions Facebook's discontinuation of facial recognition, a change that was influenced by user privacy concerns and advocacy from the video's creators. The paragraph concludes with an encouragement to subscribe to the channel for further guidance on privacy settings across various platforms.



💡Facebook Privacy Settings

Facebook Privacy Settings refer to the options within the Facebook platform that allow users to control how their personal information is collected, used, and shared. In the video, the host discusses adjusting these settings to limit the amount of data Facebook can access, which is central to the theme of protecting one's privacy.

💡Access to Photos

Access to Photos is a privacy setting that determines whether the Facebook app can view, upload, or manage the photos stored on a user's device. The video explains how to modify this setting to either allow Facebook to access selected photos or none at all, depending on the user's preference.

💡Microphone Access

Microphone Access is a permission that an app like Facebook might request to record audio through the device's microphone. The video emphasizes the importance of controlling this permission, suggesting that users disable it to prevent Facebook from having constant access to the microphone unless needed for specific features like live video.

💡Camera Access

Camera Access is a permission that allows apps to use the device's camera to capture photos or videos. In the context of the video, the host guides viewers on how to restrict Facebook's access to the camera, which is crucial for users who do not intend to use Facebook for taking new photos or live streaming.


Tracking refers to the practice of monitoring a user's online activities across different websites and apps. The video discusses how to disable the 'Allow Apps to Request to Track' setting, which is a significant step in preventing Facebook from tracking user behavior and is tied to the broader narrative of privacy protection.

💡Location Services

Location Services is a feature on smartphones that allows apps to access the user's geographical location. The video explains how to adjust these settings for Facebook to prevent the app from having constant access to the user's location, which is a key aspect of maintaining privacy and limiting data collection.

💡Ad Preferences

Ad Preferences are settings within Facebook that allow users to control the types of advertisements they see based on their activity and data collected by Facebook and its partners. The video suggests turning off data usage from partners for personalized ads, which is directly related to the theme of limiting Facebook's access to personal information.

💡Location History

Location History is a record of places a user has been, as tracked by their device and apps like Facebook. The video highlights how to disable the saving of location history, which is a privacy feature that prevents Facebook from storing and potentially using this data for targeted advertising.

💡Facial Recognition

Facial Recognition is a technology that identifies individuals based on their facial features. The video mentions that Facebook has discontinued facial recognition in response to privacy concerns, which is an example of how user feedback and settings adjustments can lead to changes in platform policies.

💡Data from Partners

Data from Partners refers to information collected by third-party entities that is then used by platforms like Facebook to personalize user experiences, including advertisements. The video recommends turning off the use of such data, emphasizing the viewer's control over their information and privacy.

💡Small Businesses

Small Businesses are mentioned in the context of Facebook's argument against privacy settings that limit tracking. The video refutes Facebook's claim that such settings harm small businesses, asserting that viewers should not be swayed by this argument and should prioritize their privacy instead.


To limit Facebook's access to your camera, photos, and microphone, start in the iPhone Settings app under Privacy.

You can restrict Facebook's access to all photos on your iPhone or choose Selected Photos.

If you don't upload photos to Facebook, you can set the access to None.

Facebook's access to your microphone can be turned off unless you're live streaming or making a live video.

The Camera setting in Privacy controls access for taking new photos within the Facebook app.

Turning off Camera access will require Facebook to ask for permission if you want to take a picture through the app later.

In the Privacy settings, you can prevent apps from tracking you across other apps and websites.

Facebook strongly opposes the 'Allow Apps to Request to Track' setting being turned off.

Turning off tracking can significantly impact Facebook's ad revenue, contributing to their market loss.

Location Services can be adjusted so Facebook doesn't have constant access to your location.

You can choose to allow location access only While Using the App or Ask Next Time.

Disabling Precise Location means apps only determine your approximate location.

Facebook settings within the app are buried; you can find them by going to Settings & Privacy, then Ad Preferences.

You can turn off personalized ads based on data from partners within the Ad Settings.

Facebook saves your location history, which can be turned off in the Location History settings.

Facebook has discontinued facial recognition due to privacy concerns.

Turning off certain Facebook settings can enhance privacy without harming small businesses.

A PDF guide is available for those who want step-by-step instructions on managing Facebook privacy settings.

The video concludes with a reminder to subscribe to the channel for more privacy tips and tricks.