Millions of Android users warn about alarm in the corner of the screen – someone may be watching you

ALL Android users should watch out for an important “corner alert”.

It appears in the corner of your screen and alerts you when someone is watching.

Google now warns users when the camera and/or microphone are activated

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Google now warns users when the camera and/or microphone are activatedCredit: Google/Android
You can specifically deactivate access to the camera and microphone via the handset

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You can specifically deactivate access to the camera and microphone via the handsetCredit: Google/Android

The warning isn’t always evidence of sinister antics — but it could catch a rogue app spying on you.

It appears when your camera or microphone is activated by an app.

So make sure you regularly check that your camera and microphone permissions are being used properly.

It’s very similar to an alert already present on Apple’s competing iPhone.

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The Google feature was added to phones in the Android 12 update.

So if you don’t have that, you can’t see it.

The new indicator will appear in the top right corner of the screen.

You’ll see a camera or microphone icon when an app tries to access both.

It prevents apps from secretly eavesdropping – or even watching through your camera.

You can also see a running log of which apps have access to your camera, microphone or location – and when.

This information is available in the new privacy dashboard in settings.

It’s also now possible to completely disable your microphone and camera in your quick settings across the phone.

Remember that seeing a symbol does not mean that something nefarious is going on.

Sometimes an app really needs to use your camera – like Instagram.

But if you notice your camera being used by a third-party app, it could mean you’re being spied on.

Cyber ​​experts have discovered countless apps that access Android phone camera inappropriately.

So make sure you are using Android 12 and beware of foul play.

If you suspect something is wrong, you should check the app’s permissions in Settings.

For example, you can deny certain apps access to your microphone or camera.

And if you’re really concerned, you can just delete the app altogether.

To check if you have Android 12 or later, go to Settings.

Then tap About phone at the bottom and then tap Android version.

There you can see your Android version.

If you are using a very old version, it is important to update as soon as possible.

Updates not only bring new features, but also contain important security updates that help keep you safe.

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