See That Orange or Green Dot at the Top of Your iPhone? Here's What It Means
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The new iOS 14 update from Apple brings a number of new privacy features, including a "recording indicator" that shows when an app has access to your microphone or camera.
This is a step towards better app visibility so that users can use their permissions more proactively.
The green dot means the app you are using can access the camera, while the orange dot means the app can access your microphone.
Apple officially released its iOS 14 software update back in September. Since then, the developers have been annoyed about the short period of time in which they had to perfect their products. IPhone users have put widgets on their home screens and many people have wondered what was going on with those green and orange dots on top of their screens.
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Don't worry: these dots don't signal a sketchy SpyWare, nor do they prove that Apple engineers are spying on you. Instead, the dots are simply "recording indicators," as Apple calls them on a support site, and are designed to show you when an app has access to your device's microphone or camera.
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The dots that appear in the top right of your WiFi and cellular connection icons are primarily used to give you more control over your app permissions.
For example, if you mindlessly scroll through TikTok videos, you are acting as a passive user. You are not creating any content at this point, and you may never do so. So there's no reason TikTok should have access to your microphone or camera when you're not using them.
When you see this green or orange dot, Apple is just giving you more information about how the app is accessing the sensors on your iPhone. The green dot indicates that the camera is in use and the orange dot indicates that the microphone is in use. From there, you can decide whether to keep these permissions or keep the microphone and camera to yourself.
So don't worry when you see these colorful dots. When doing FaceTiming with your grandma, expect the green and orange indicators as you are using an app that requires your camera and microphone for their purpose.
The first time you use an app on iOS 14, Apple will ask you to enable camera or microphone access. So this is another level of privacy. These settings are usually not enabled by default. If you want to go back and disable an app from accessing your camera, it's pretty easy too:
? How to disable camera and microphone permissions
Settings> Scroll to the bottom of the page where all your apps are listed.> Tap the app you want to change permissions for.> Turn the slider next to Microphone and / or Camera to the off position
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