Did MySJ Trace stop working, even with Bluetooth enabled?
Find out what’s going on, and the solution to this problem!
MySJ Trace Won’t Work, Even With Bluetooth On!
Recently, you may have noticed that MySJ Trace stopped working, even with Bluetooth enabled!
You will be asked to setup MySJ Trace again, but clicking on the Allow button does nothing, and Bluetooth is listed as turned off, even when it is actually enabled.
Why MySJ Trace Won’t Work With Bluetooth On
Some people assumed / claimed that it was a bug in the new MySejahtera version that allowed 5-11 year-old children to be registered for COVID-19 vaccination.
That’s not really the case. It is really because you recently updated your smartphone to Android 12. For example, many Samsung users recently received the upgrade to One UI 4, which is based on Android 12.
Google has been introducing new privacy features in every iteration of Android, limiting the amount of data apps have access to.
In earlier versions of Android, the ability to scan for nearby Bluetooth or Wi-Fi devices was tied to the Location permission. That’s why the Android version of MySejahtera requires Location permission, while the iOS version does not.
This led to (false) accusations that contact tracing apps like MySejahtera were tracking people’s movements.
To fix that problem for good, Google added two new Bluetooth permissions to Android 12 – BLUETOOTH_SCAN and BLUETOOTH_CONNECT, that are separate from the Location permission.
These two new Bluetooth permissions allow your smartphone to detect Nearby devices without the need to enable Location.
Unfortunately, this Nearby devices permission is disabled by default, so when you upgrade to Android 12, MySejahtera automatically loses the ability to check for nearby devices.
How To Get MySJ Trace Working Again In Android 12
Here is what you need to do to get MySJ Trace working again with Android 12 devices:
Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.
Step 2 : Tap on the Nearby devices option under the list of Not allowed permissions.
Step 3 : Tap on the Allow option.
If you have already setup MySJ Trace earlier, it will now work without further action.
If you have not setup MySJ Trace, then you can read our guide on how to do that.
If you are worried about the government tracking you (fake news really), you can now disable the Location permission for MySejahtera.
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