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Check which apps can access your microphone

by Kurt Knutsson

Some call it privacy creep.

Just when you think you have a handle on privacy settings keeping everything in your digital world dialed into safely protecting your privacy, you see that one or two apps you’ve heard of are using your microphone whenever they want.

If you are lucky, you’ve got a recent iPhone that turns on a tiny orange dot at the top of your display when your microphone is being accessed.

Honestly, I seldom see it even though when I looked there were a handful of apps that had no business getting access to my phone’s microphone at will.  I’m the CyberGuy for a reason.  I can show you how to fix that.

 

How to see what apps have access to your microphone for iOS and Android

For Apple iPhone

Grab your iPhone (and do this for each family member’s iPhone and iPad)

1) Launch Settings

How To See What Apps Have Access To Your Microphone For IOS Launch Settings

 

2) Tap Privacy >

How To See What Apps Have Access To Your Microphone For IOS Privacy

 

3) Select Microphone

How To See What Apps Have Access To Your Microphone For IOS Microphone

 

4)  Scroll through list of your apps accessing microphone and turn off ones you don’t want to be able to listen to you.

How To See What Apps Have Access To Your Microphone For IOS Toggle Apps

Recent iPhones show a tiny orange dot when your microphone is being accessed. Find the tiny orange dot at the top right of the display just above the signal strength.

 

Bonus iPhone tip: Turn off Siri from automatically listening

Tap Settings > select Siri & Search > turn off Listen for ‘Hey Siri’

 

For Android phones

1) Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Settings menu

2) Tap gear icon in lower right

3) Select Privacy

4) Tap Permission manager

5) Tap Microphone

6) Review which apps are accessing your microphone “Allowed All the Time’, ‘Only While in Use’ ‘Ask Every Time’ or ‘Disabled’

7) To change the microphone access select each app one by one and choose to ‘Allow only while using the app, Ask every time, or Deny

How To See What Apps Have Access To Your Microphone For IOS Android

 

Bonus Android tip: Stop Google Assistant from using microphone automatically.

1) Launch Settings > tap Google > Search tab under Services area select Account services

2) Choose Search, Assistant & Voice

3) Tap Voice

4) In the Hey Google area, tap Voice Match

5) Turn off Hey Google by toggling the switch to the left

 

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1 comment

Cynthia Watson February 19, 2022 - 7:18 am

great information, thanks so much

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