Months after TRAI threat, Apple allows DND app on App Store

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According to the Telegraph, the apps were banned for ignoring Apple rules that require updates be performed through the App 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. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had released the DND app for Android and iOS platforms back in 2016. Apple said that they would not include the DND app by Trai into the App store, the reason being some privacy concerns. Apple doesn't allow third-party apps to access call and messaging data, something TRAI wanted to develop the DND app. Apple faced threat of millions of iPhones running on networks across the country being derecognised. From then on, you won't get disturbed by the unwanted call. It is important to note that to download the application, the iPhone and the iPad users will need to upgrade their device to iOS 12.1 or later software version.

Apple and TRAI struggled to come to an agreement on this issue for nearly a year before in July the Indian regulators threatened to ban the iPhone in the country.

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After users send an SMS via the app they will need to go into DND settings on the OS and switch on DND

Now, Apple has approved TRAI's DND app, which is available for download on the App Store as "TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb".

Apple pulled apps from the Chinese App Store due to unauthorized updates. Registering a mobile number on TRAI DND app may take up to seven days and users need to send an SMS to a toll free number after selecting the segments they don't want unsolicited communication from.

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