The spooky iPhone list shows the apps that are listening to you through your microphone

YOUR iPhone has an eerie list of apps that can access your mic — and it’s important to check them regularly.

Better still, Apple offers a special alert that shows exactly when these apps are listening to what you’re saying.

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If you’re a longtime iPhone fan, you probably have dozens of apps installed.

Some of these apps have requested access to your microphone over the years.

But you’ve probably lost track of who can access what — especially if you’re an iPhone power user.

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.

But there’s a handy way to see if an app is using your mic at any given time.

First, make sure you’re running iOS 14 or later – go to Settings > General > Software update to check.

Then, when using your iPhone, keep an eye on the top bar.

If you ever see an orange dot, it means the microphone has been activated.

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

On an iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

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And on an iPhone with Face ID, swipe down from the top-right corner of the display.

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

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