iBeacon - can I disable?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by CTHarrryH, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    I have no interest at all in the garbage and directed messages I'll get from stores, etc. using iBeacon. Is it possible to disable? Is there anything that I can disable so it won't work (wifi, bluetooth, etc) not that other problems won't be caused.
     
  2. GreyOS macrumors 68030

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    I think it works over Bluetooth disable that.
     
  3. Menel, Jan 17, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014

    Menel macrumors 603

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    Don't download the store's app.

    You won't get notifications if for example, you don't make a Target account, and load the Target app for the iBeacons to activate.

    e.g. MLB stadium location stuff requires MLB app.
    Macy's iBeacon notifications require Shopkick app.
    Apple store notifications require Apple Store app.
     
  4. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    You won't get any directed messages without having the appropriate app installed.
     
  5. CTHarrryH thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks - didn't completely understand how it worked. So stores may "know" my device is around but can't actually bother me directly if I don't have their app installed.
     
  6. Menel macrumors 603

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    Most iBeacons are passive. They don't report back. They are a beacon they plug into a power outlet somewhere, and leave, no network connection.

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    They broadcast a beacon, that your phone receives, and can relay the ID to an app, which can correspond that beacon ID with a location.
     

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