Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers (DULT) is Now Available on Android and iOS Devices

The updates are meant to bring new changes to the respective operating systems. This also incorporates bug fixes (if any) found. However, there are some disturbances in the system, which give rise to inconvenience when a faulty update appears.

There’s a concept called unwanted tracking in smartphones, which alerts you if you have been with an unidentified tracker for a long time. The term unwanted tracking describes its meaning spontaneously, without the need to focus on it.

However, smartphones did not have this until Apple and Google brought it to their devices. To those unaware, this technology works in context with Bluetooth tracking devices.

Unwanted tracking is a critical term associated with many security and privacy issues. The AirTags, combined with the Bluetooth Tracking devices, have caused both positive and negative impacts on individual security. The negative in the sense of misuse. Previously, AirTags have been stalking the users’ privacy, increasing concerns.

Apple and Google Unveiled the Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers

Google and Apple have joined forces to provide DULT in their smartphones. After the launch of the latest iPad, the American Tech Giant started offering the new iOS 17.5 version to eligible iPhone devices.

This update includes support for Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers (DULT). This feature is a must to protect users who excessively utilize Bluetooth services and devices. Most of them are waiting for it, as privacy concerns many.

The Android Developer Company—Google, is also a partner in the process and will launch the feature on smartphones running Android 6 and later. However, Google already rolled out the feature to the supported devices in 2023. In addition, the company’s Find My Device will likely be available to all the supported devices.

The function of DULT is to alert the user with the message: “[Item] Found Moving With You” if an unwanted tracker is with you for a definite amount of time.

In addition, Apple says that if you receive a notification like this, someone’s Bluetooth tracker like AirTag or a similar Bluetooth tracking accessory is with you. There can be a situation where the tracking device might be screwed to the device you recently took.

Nonetheless, if you cannot find your device, the DULT will help you go through the trackers’ identifiers. There’s an option to force the device to play a sound, which will help you locate the device. Furthermore, you can disable the respective tracker based on the provided instructions.

Important note for the new DULT feature to have on your devices

  • If you are an Android user, you should note that your device should support Android 6 and later versions. However, the DULT feature has already been installed, as Google provided them in 2023. If you didn’t get it, you should wait for it as it must arrive soon.
  • If you are an iOS user, the company is rolling out the DULT feature with its iOS 17.5 update. If your iPhone is supported, update it and get your hands on the feature.

What are your views on this? Do you think incorporating features like DULT will help safeguard you from ongoing malpractices? If yes, to what extent? Let us know in the comments section below. The article will be updated if we find some new information.

Ansari, a tech writer at DealNTech, is a tech enthusiast who is always up-to-date on the latest mobile news. He writes articles about mobile news and guides for DealNTech. In his free time, he enjoys playing mobile games and testing apps. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on Linkedin

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