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I noticed today that my iPhone has suddenly started showing an orange color dot at the top of the screen every time I am making a call. I clearly remember this did not used to be the case before, but has started happening today.

This is how it appears:

iPhone microphone access orange dot indicator

I have not changed any phone setting. Does anyone know why is this dot appearing? What does it mean? Can I remove it?

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Your iPhone has been updated to run iOS 14.

iOS 14 has introduced a new privacy feature which causes an orange dot 🟠 indicator to appear in the iPhone status bar when the device microphone is used by an app. Additionally, if an app is accessing the device camera, a green dot 🟢 is shown in the status bar.

The feature is also available on iPads running iPadOS 14.

You can learn more about it in the Apple Support document here:

If you see orange or green indicators in the status bar

With iOS 14, you might see an orange or green indicator in the status bar on your iPhone. These indicators appear when the microphone and/or camera are being used by an app.

iPhone status bar orange dot microphone access indicator

An orange indicator 🟠 means the microphone is being used by an app on your iPhone.

iPhone status bar green dot camera access indicator

A green indicator 🟢 means either the camera or the camera and the microphone are being used by an app on your iPhone.

This is intended to let the user know that an app is using the device microphone or camera, and to check against any unintended access to the microphone or camera.

To determine which app is accessing the microphone or camera, you can open Control Center to see the name of the app:

Microphone:

iPhone app name accessing microphone

Camera:

iPhone app name accessing camera

Can I remove it?

This features is enabled by iOS and is turned on by default. It's not possible to disable it.

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    This feature is enabled by iOS and is turned on by default. It's not possible to disable it. Ah... typical Apple. "These settings are the best, and we're not going to allow you to change them, ever." – yeah22 Sep 18 at 0:29
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    @yeah22 To be fair, if Apple allowed you to disable this then nefarious malware developers could also disable it... defeating the point of having it in the first place... – avid Sep 18 at 1:28
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    @yeah22 Sure, but in fairness, the intended audience for this is clearly people who are in the habit of granting apps permission for whatever they request, no questions asked — so if it were possible to turn off these indicators, they'd inevitably get tricked into doing that as well. "To enhance privacy when using SekritSpyAppDefinitelyNotSpying, follow this guide to disabling Apple monitoring of your phone calls. Now you can use SekritSpyAppDefinitelyNotSpying in total privacy! For additional support email your debit card number and PIN to definitelynotathief@trustme.co.ru" – FeRD Sep 18 at 3:07
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    @yeah22 It is trivially easy to submit an app that changes its behaviour after it has been approved and made available on the app store (just look at all the current furore over Fortnite!). I've actually done this myself once (changed an already published app's behaviour without submitting an updated version... not subvert user privacy ). – Son of a Beach Sep 18 at 4:04
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    Sounds like you want an android. 😉 – Son of a Beach Sep 18 at 20:49
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Why I got this orange dot in the corner of my phone when I make call or received then also it cut me off when I talk to people it not nice

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