A big focus in the recent iOS 14 update is user privacy. While there have always been global settings for location services, voice features and tracking metrics, the latest update extends this control to an app by app basis. It even goes so far as to let you select which apps can connect to other devices on a local network, such as a smart speaker or smart-home device on your home Wi-Fi network.
This new Local Network setting can be a nuisance at first for pilots when using an ADS-B receiver which connects using Wi-Fi, like Sentry or Stratus. The good news is there is a simple fix, although it’s not very intuitive.
After installing iOS 14 and opening an aviation app like ForeFlight or Stratus Insight, you’ll see the following prompt:
It’s not the most comforting message and one that many would (rightfully so) elect to choose “Don’t Allow”, given the ambiguity of the message. The unfortunate side effect is that if you don’t select OK, you will not be able to connect to your Sentry or Stratus Wi-Fi ADS-B receiver for GPS, in-flight weather and traffic services.
The good news is you can change this setting at any time if you already selected Don’t Allow when opening an app. Simply open the main Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down to the bottom of the Settings menu and select the app name from the list.
Here you’ll see a setting for “Local Network” — simply tap the switch to enable the permission, and your aviation app will then be able to connect to a Wi-Fi ADS-B receiver normally again.