If you’ve recently updated your iPhone to the iOS 14 operating system, you may have noticed a series of new colored dots that occasionally appear in the upper right corner of the screen.
These indicator lights are actually a visual way to alert you to when apps are using either your camera or your microphone.
They’re both a part of Apple’s new emphasis on protecting the privacy of iPhone users everywhere.
In the past, sometimes apps would be using your microphone (or worse, accessing your camera) without your knowledge.
Now, if you see the indicator lights pop up, you can put a stop to it or at least understand exactly why it is happening.
The Orange Microphone Dot
Whenever you’re using your iPhone and you see an orange dot appear right above the cellular bars, it means some app is currently using the microphone.
If you open the “Voice Memo” app and then navigate back to your “Home” screen, for example, that orange dot will appear.
The same is true if you’re in the process of making a phone call, or if you’re using some other type of Siri function.
You don’t necessarily have to do anything when this happens – just understand that your microphone is currently active and some app is using it to listen to what you say.
The Green Camera Dot
When a green dot appears on your iPhone’s screen in the same location, it means that some app is using your iPhone’s camera. Note that because the camera also records video, the app in question could be using your microphone as well.
If you try to record a video with sound, for example, you’ll see this green dot appear. It could happen when you’re interacting with the stock “Camera” app, or when you’re trying to make a FaceTime call.
That’s it! Now, you have all the actionable information you need to make more informed decisions regarding your iPhone privacy.
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