Terrifying reason why the circle appears on your iPhone – never ignore it

Watch out for green and orange circles on your iPhone – they could be a big warning sign.

It’s an official Apple warning that your microphone or camera has been activated.

A green dot means your camera is active

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A green dot means your camera is activeCredit: apple
Look for this dot in the top corner to see if an app is using your camera or microphone

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Look for this dot in the top corner to see if an app is using your camera or microphoneCredit: apple

Introduced in a 2020 iOS update, the alarm lights up when your microphone or camera is activated.

This means if an app is secretly recording you, you know about it.

To get access to the feature, you must be using a device running iOS 14 or 15.

A green dot appears in the upper right corner of the display when the camera is activated.

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And it’s orange when the microphone is on.

By swiping into your control center, you can see details about which app is using the microphone.

If you suspect something is snooping on you, when it shouldn’t be, 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.

“Privacy is a fundamental human right and is at the core of everything we do,” Apple said back in 2020.

“That’s why with iOS 14 we’re giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it’s being used.

“An indicator will appear at the top of your screen when an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has recently used it.”

Of course, whenever ANY app is using the microphone or camera, the light will be on.

That means it shows up even when you’re using the camera app or recording a video on Instagram.

So don’t panic as soon as you see that green or orange glow – you only have to worry if it lights up unexpectedly.

You can also easily check which apps might be listening in.

To find out, go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone.

This will bring up a huge list of apps that have access to your microphone.

And it will also include apps that want to access your microphone but you haven’t enabled them.

You can turn microphone access on or off for individual apps at any time.

So if you’re worried about a specific app, you can disable microphone access in seconds.

If you only install popular and reputable apps, you probably don’t need to worry about microphone spying.

Check your iPhone's microphone settings today

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Check your iPhone’s microphone settings todayCredit: apple

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