I was using FaceTime this morning, and during the call, the "Camera is being used by another application" screen appeared.

I've searched and I found https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250893855, which says "Quit all applications that are using the FaceTime camera".

But I don't have another application using the camera -- FaceTime was using it, so how did some other application steal the camera from it? If it can be stolen, how do I find out which application that was? If it can't be stolen, why did FaceTime suddenly decide, mid-call, to do this?

Note that I've also looked under Privacy / Camera; there are no applications listed as having permission to use the camera (not even FaceTime).

(iPad mini, 5th gen, iOS 13.5.1)

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    It may have been a software crash where the device wasn’t cleanly released. Try restarting the iPad.
    – Allan
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 17:30

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MicroSnitch or OverSight might help. See https://tidbits.com/2020/07/22/feeling-paranoid-micro-snitch-tells-you-if-your-mac-is-spying-on-you/

EDIT: these are for macOS, not iPadOS. My apologies. I'm leaving it here in case these references are useful to others though.

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    That software is for macOS, but the OP is using an iPad. Do they make software for iOS?
    – Allan
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 17:29
  • @Allan Very good point. I wasn't reading properly - apologies. I'm no expert, but sadly I doubt it is possible to write a 3rd party app on iOS that would do the same job.
    – Ashley
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 17:37
  • In any case, on macOS camera and microphone usage is clearly flagged in the menubar, so those apps are unnecessary.
    – benwiggy
    Commented Apr 20 at 7:16

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