Since updating to iOS 14, have you noticed a mysterious orange dot at the top of your iPhone?
Don’t panic… this orange dot is there by design.
As part of Apple’s focus on privacy and security, they have added the orange dot to let you know whenever an app is using your microphone or camera.
You’ll see an orange dot if an app accesses your camera.
And, you’ll see a green dot if an app accesses your microphone.
Some apps access your camera or microphone as part of their function. For example a video confernceing app obviously needs to access your camera and microphone to be any use to you.
However, it is possible for app developers to access your microphone or camera for hacking purposes.
To prevent this, you’ll be notified with the orange or green dot indicators.
You can also deny or allow apps to access your camera and microphone in your settings.
Just go to… Settings > Privacy > Microphone/Camera
Here you can see which of your apps has asked permission to access your camera or microphone.
And, you can switch off access to any apps you feel don’t really need camera or microphone access as part of their function.
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