I live in an apartment complex with lots of people, and oftentimes I would be able to see Bluetooth devices that do not belong to me on my iPhone or MacBook when I search for my Bluetooth device.

Does Apple tell you/ask by default before someone with a Bluetooth device tries to connect to your phone via Bluetooth? Or is this a potential security vulnerability to leave your iPhone Bluetooth on at all times? (I do since I use AirPods)

I don’t remember setting or seeing any options to set Bluetooth permission on my iPhone, which makes me nervous.

  • Note that on the Android side of things, the sky is indeed falling with BlueFrag.
    – gowenfawr
    May 26, 2020 at 14:51

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Think about it. Your iPhone cannot know which Bluetooth devices you own. Therefore it displays all devices it can see. That is perfectly normal. But there will only be a connection if you, personally, connect to that device. So your neighbour cannot connect his device to your phone without you knowingly doing it.

  • And if it were possible, it would be a major vulnerability. May 25, 2020 at 14:49

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