Warning for millions of Android phone owners – beware of tiny dots on the screen

IF THIS ominous dot appears on your Android screen, you could be being watched.

A feature Google’s developers have added to the phones alerts users when apps are accessing your camera or microphone.

Android devices let users know an app is using the camera or microphone by flashing a warning icon in the top-right corner

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Android devices let users know an app is using the camera or microphone by flashing a warning icon in the top-right cornerCredit: Google

The feature, which launched last year, is quite similar to what’s currently on Apple’s competing iPhone.

An icon appears in the corner of the phone screen when the microphone or camera is turned on.

For example, it lights up when you open the camera app or record a voice message on WhatsApp.

However, its main purpose is to protect you from shady apps that record you without your knowledge.

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Android 12 software update released in October 2021 introduced the Google feature to phones around the world.

The indicator takes the form of an icon in the top right corner of the screen.

If an app tries to access your camera or microphone, you’ll see an icon for each.

It prevents apps from eavesdropping on or seeing you through your camera without your knowledge.

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For a sense of security, users can review a history showing which apps used your camera, microphone, or location.

Users can also check and see when these features were activated, if they were.

The new privacy dashboard in Settings contains this information.

You can also do this in your quick settings Completely Disable your microphone and camera.

It’s important to remember that just because you see an icon, it doesn’t mean something is wrong.

Instagram, for example, is one of those apps that uses your camera.

However, if you spot an unusual app with your camera, it could indicate that you are being watched.

According to cyber specialists, numerous apps have been discovered that improperly access the camera on Android phones.

So make sure you’re running Android 12 and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

Check the app’s permissions in settings if you think something is wrong.

There is also the option to restrict access to selected apps to your microphone or camera.

In case you are really worried, you can completely remove the app from your Android device.

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