Apple Approves India’s Do Not Disturb App and Avoids iPhone Ban

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The app, which is now available on the Apple App Store, says that "Registration of mobile number under DND will take upto 07 days after putting the request with respective telecom service provider".

iPhone users in India can find the TRAI-DND app now at the App Store.

Back in July, Apple faced an impending iPhone ban in India if it did not comply with the region's telecom regulator, TRAI. However, Cupertino-based Apple wouldn't allow the app to be released to iOS users, citing privacy concerns, though it agreed to cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn't share a user's call or message logs with Indian authorities, the report added.

While iPhone wasn't explicitly mentioned, the directive was clearly targeted at it because it was the only phone in India that didn't support TRAI-DND app created by TRAI. The app with a size of 9.1MB, however, works only on devices running on the latest iOS 12.1 version. The problem, according to sources within Apple, was that the TRAI-DND app was deemed a privacy risk.

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Apple requires that app updates, such as new features or security improvements, are downloaded via the App Store itself, so that the company can approve them.

The TRAI DND app is already available on Google Play store.

After installing the TRAI DND app on your iPhone, you will be guided through three-step process to register for or modify your DND preferences, and start reporting offending text messages and calls by giving the app the necessary permission. "Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such Apps as prescribed in regulations 6 (2)(e) and regulations 23 (2)(d), Access Providers shall, on the order or direction of the Authority, derecognize such devices from their telecom networks".

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