Latest iPhone Update Lets You Know If Someone Is Listening Through Your Phone’s Microphone
5 October 20
Have you upgraded to iOS14 and see an orange dot at the top of your screen? It was put there intentionally.
As part of its new iPhone update, Apple launched a new security feature that lets you know if someone is listening through your phone’s microphone or watching through your phone’s camera. This may sound like an invasion of privacy at first, but actually some apps need your camera or microphone to function. Zoom or WhatsApp for instance.
However, sometimes app developers can be listening in on your conversations for other purposes. And now you can know when that is happening. Thanks to Apple’s new feature, whenever an app is using your microphone, an orange dot will pop up at the top of your screen. This is why you may notice it when using Siri. However, if you see this orange dot when you are not using your microphone, this could mean an app is recording you without your permission.
Meanwhile, if an app is using your camera, a green dot with pop up. It will light up for both the front and rear cameras. You may notice it when taking photos or unlocking your iPhone with Face ID. Just like with the orange dot, if you see it when you are not deliberately using your camera, an app may be snooping on you.
In general, you can always change your privacy settings on your phone to deny camera or microphone access to specific apps. But for when you do grant that access, this new tool from Apple will be a useful reminder to know if your app is acting suspiciously by listening or watching you.