I've been having some strange issues where the "orange dot" (microphone supposedly active/on/listening/recording), but I have no visible apps that actually should have the microphone active.

Is there a way to query the system to find out what apps are accessing such devices as the microphone from the shell or otherwise? I would very much like to find out what app is "needing" to use the microphone for days and weeks on end...

  • When you click control center icon with the orange dot, does it show at the top of that window?
    – Ezekiel
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 13:06
  • @Ezekiel no. There's no app or anything there about what app might be supposedly using the microphone(s).
    – ylluminate
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 16:31

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I use Micro Snitch to monitor audio and video devices and to alert me whenever an application wants access.

There may be other products that do the same.

  • Thanks, this is nice and I also tried OverSight, but it also doesn't show anything. I will say Micro Snitch is better insomuch that it shows active + inactive devices and so it has more information readily visible. But yeah, unfortunately nothing is showing as active with either of these while the orange dot is present.
    – ylluminate
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 16:34

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