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Since updating to macOS 12.5 I always see an orange dot in the menu bar indicating that Siri is using the microphone. It never goes away, even after I disabled Siri in System Preferences. Is this a bug, or is there some way to tell if the microphone is really active? I'm concerned about privacy and also battery life. This is a 2019 MacBook Pro.

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  • I suspect this is just a bug, I've seen it on a couple of different Macs even pre-12.5. Haven't seen it since I updated to 12.5.1, but that was only an hour ago...
    – calum_b
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 20:16

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What helped me was to bring up the Siri (in my case by long hold of Command and Space). Then after the prompt disappeared also the microphone usage disappeared.

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Happened to me on 2023 macbook pro. I pressed command + space, typed 'siri' and opened the siri app, then closed it and the mic went back to not in use.

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