Google Removes COVID-19 Exposure Notifications From Android Settings

Google has removed the COVID-19 exposure notification from the Android settings menu.

Apple and Google teamed up to develop this warning mechanism in the spring of 2020. Using Bluetooth, your phone would keep track of who it had been near. If you were to later test positive for COVID-19, you could anonymously share that with those you had been nearby. While live, it sent millions of notifications to people who might have been exposed to the virus.

Now, 9to5 Google notes, the option to get exposure notifications has been removed from Android. This comes several months after the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which ran the servers that let state-specific apps share warnings of possible exposures, ended its support and that of Apple and Google.

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You may have already received alerts on your Android device or iPhone, letting you know that you could turn off exposure notifications. On Android, the option appeared under Settings > Google, but it appears to have been removed. It’s still available on iOS via Settings > Exposure Notifications, but you even if it’s turned on, you won’t get alerts anymore.

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