Upcoming iOS 13 VoIP Change That Restricts Background Access to Impact Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An upcoming change in iOS 13 that limits data collection practices using VoIP APIs will impact apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, forcing them to be redesigned, reports The Information.

    Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp allow users to make calls over the internet, and to listen for those calls, the apps run in the background of an iPhone or iPad so calls can connect quickly. While running in the background, the apps are also able to collect data, something that Apple is putting a stop to in iOS 13.


    Background access for apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will be restricted solely to internet calls going forward, with no background data collection available.

    Sources that spoke to The Information said that this change will force Facebook to redesign its messaging apps, and that it could have a "particularly heavy impact" on WhatsApp. WhatsApp apparently uses the internet calling feature for multiple other functions, including its end-to-end encryption.

    Other messaging app developers that have used the internet calling feature to keep apps running in the background on iOS devices will also need to rebuild their apps. This will include apps like Snapchat, WeChat, and more.

    Facebook told The Information that Facebook was not collecting data through its calling feature.
    Facebook says that it is having conversations with Apple on how to address the coming changes in iOS 13. Apple is making the change in iOS 13, but developers will have until April 2020 to comply with the new rules.

    Apple says that the change will better protect user privacy and will result in performance improvements for iOS devices as background app usage for this purpose can drain system resources and shorten battery life.

    Article Link: Upcoming iOS 13 VoIP Change That Restricts Background Access to Impact Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp
  2. xflashx macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2016
  3. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
    Well I’m certainly not going to take their word for it.

    As far as I’m concerned, Facebook’s main function is to collect and sell data.
  4. JayJohnPaul macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2014
    Dawnbreak City
  5. BootsWalking macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2014
    If you look closely you can see me holding the world's smallest violin, playing the world's saddest song for Facebook.
  6. bb9 macrumors member


    Apr 1, 2017
    I disabled background app refresh, is that not the same thing?
  7. rictus007 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    I came here to read comments of people complaining about Tim Cook ..... I’ll come back later
  8. Will do good macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    Just block anything Facebook has on Apple and I'm good. Simple.
  9. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    It’s about flipping time! Remember when Apple first “baked in” the Facebook login into the iOS?
  10. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Sure it was a mistake, but at least their in a concerted direction toward user privacy now.

    Yes this may create compromised experiences for some existing users. Yes Apple may lose users that switch to Android. I’m certain these are all calculated risks for the sake of making the “Apple Brand” all about privacy... for now at least.
  11. Motawa macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2012
  12. kguay macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
  13. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Hope so, we don’t need Google harvesting our data
  14. Appleman3546 macrumors member


    May 13, 2019
    If there was a way for Facebook and WhatsApp to download from a browser directly to the iPhone (or an alternative App Store), this change would not affect them. I’m sure Apple’s call app and iMessage app is unaffected though, so why should Apple allow competition to do something differently (or let the users decide what they prefer).
  15. wolfshades, Aug 6, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019

    wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    I am quite okay with losing WhatsApp and Facebook functionality. Just knowing that Apple is constantly and consistently working to keep our data private makes it worthwhile.

    In fact, I’d be okay if MacOS updates forced me to delete FB entirely. I mean, it’d suck for like 2 minutes or so but I’m 99% certain life would go on.
  16. calstanford macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    World class my ass. It's Zuckerberg/Sandberg's Facebook. Everyone with a brain knows it's for data mining and nothing but data mining.
  17. olduser007 macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2017
    "To be clear--we are using the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience, not for the purpose of collecting data."

    Just to be really clear. Facebook is collecting data with the Pushkit VoIP APi, but it's not all they use it for. ;)
  18. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    it means more security and better privacy, hopefully.
  19. christopherjac macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    Thank god. Facebook has been abusing this and sucking up battery life forever.
  20. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Well Google taught them everything they know about mining data/metadata.
  21. berrymetal macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2017
    And when I tell people that Facebook are listening to your real life conversations they laugh at me...
  22. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    RE: "we are using the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience,"

    So, I'm assuming other apps that want to add their own Private Messaging would ALSO use the PushKit VoIP API.

    Thanks for the Head's Up on the topic !

    And, it sounds like apps don't need to adopt iOS 13 until next April.
  23. realtuner macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2019
    Well, then, it looks like you won’t have to modify your App much, right. ;)
  24. keifer123 macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2013
    This is amazing and thank you for doing this Apple. This will definitely improve the battery life.
    While Mark can Suckhisbird.
  25. audiophilosophy macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2017
    New Orleans
    When I go to settings and select the (google) voice app, I don’t see a toggle for microphone access or denial. That tells me that the app does not use the mic in a similar way to how Facebook messenger does. I think google voice basically does something different— essentially using the app to direct a call via your regular stock Apple phone app. So no mic access is necessary. If I’m wrong, feel free to correct me.

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