If you’re a new iPhone user, you may have wondered what the orange and green dots at the top of your screen indicate. You may have even tried to guess what they mean based on the functions you’re using on your phone. You may be aware that Apple gives a high priority to user privacy and device security, making it one of the most secure smartphones out there. The three dots at the top of your screen are a part of those privacy features. In this article, we explain what the orange and green dots indicate in iOS 14 or above.
What the Orange dot indicates
The orange dot at the top of your screen indicates that your iPhone’s microphone is currently in use. This may be because you’re on a phone call, which naturally uses your microphone. It could also mean that some hidden app which has permission to use your microphone is doing so discreetly in the background. If you’re not actively using any app that uses the microphone, you may want to check which apps have microphone permission and are using it in the background. You can do that by swiping down from the right corner and checking for apps using the microphone in the Control Center. The app that is currently using your microphone will appear in a yellow icon. This is a very helpful way of keeping your privacy intact. It also helps you weed out any malicious apps that may have found their way into your iPhone.
What the Green dot indicates
The green dot at the top of your screen indicates that either your iPhone’s camera or the camera and microphone together are in use. You may have noticed the green dot when you use you’re on a video call or when you use the camera to take pictures and videos. If you’re not actively using any camera-related app and you see the green dot, it means that some app is using your camera or microphone, or both in the background. All you need to do is swipe down and see the app using your camera or microphone in the Control Center.
So, this is what the orange and green dots in iOS 14 indicate. Features like this make the iPhone one of the safest smartphones around. If you want to remove camera or microphone access for certain apps, just go to Settings>Privacy and select Camera or Microphone, depending on the access you want to remove.
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