In iOS (14.3, as of today), in Settings→Privacy, you can see/control which apps access hardware on the iPhone, such as the microphone and camera. Is this The Exhaustive List of which apps do have access? Is there any way (short of an iOS bug) an app could access the mic/camera without it being listed here in the Microphone/Camera settings?


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The first attempt by any app to access the microphone or camera will cause an OS-level confirmation dialog to grant permission. This adds the app to that list with the ability to grant/revoke the permission.

There are no exceptions to this; these are the only APIs that Apple makes available.

Also note that there is a ‘speech recognition’ category in Privacy which you may consider access to the microphone, albeit just what words are spoken as text if any. iOS does the speech recognition on behalf of the app; if the app does the recognition, that’s the generic Microphone category of access.

  • The only caveat I would add is that there is a single access permission for Camera, even though there are multiple cameras.
    – pseudon
    Dec 23, 2020 at 16:05

No. It’s a bug or jailbreak for an iOS app to access the hardware directly.

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