How to tell when an app on your iPhone is using your microphone or camera

Xiaobai Software  2022-01-22 16: 57  read 483 views

a lot ofiPhoneUsers will notice that there is now an occasional orange dot and a green dot in the upper right corner of the screen.What do they do?These dots are actually called indicators, and they alert the user when the app is using its camera or microphone.The new feature is Apple's new move to protect user privacy.

iPhone An orange dot on the to indicate that an app is using your microphone

When an orange dot appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, it's just above the cellular bar, which means an app is using the iPhone's microphone.

For example, an orange dot will appear when you make a call or use the Siri feature. If you use the Voice Memos app to record a reminder, the orange dot will also appear.

The orange dot appears when the app is using the microphone, such as when you're on a phone call.

A green light spot on your iPhone means an app is using your camera and microphone at the same time

When the green dot appears in the upper-right corner of the screen (it's also directly above the cellular bar), it means that an app is using the iPhone's camera, or both its camera and microphone.

For example, if you open Instagram and use the "Story" feature to make a video with sound, a green light will appear, indicating that the app is using the iPhone's camera and microphone.This feature also appears when you make a FaceTime call.

                                                                                                         The green dot will appear when your camera is being used, for example during FaceTiming.

How to know which app is using your iPhone's camera or microphone

Apple can easily find out which app is using the iPhone's microphone or camera.

When a green or orange dot appears, simply swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to access Control Center.At the top, the app's name will appear, and whether it's using your phone's camera or microphone.

For example, if you use Instagram, it should read "Instagram, recent" with an icon for the camera or microphone.

Control Center can tell you which apps are using your microphone or camera.

Why these two lights are important

With the iOS 14 update, Apple introduced a number of new tools to help users protect their privacy and force apps to be more transparent when using the phone.

Lights are part of that, and users are alerted when third-party apps use their microphone or camera without consent.If you notice an application accessing your microphone or camera without prompting, it may be a dangerous application and you should remove and report it immediately.





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