Your iPhone apps may be listening to you without you noticing. Here’s what you can do about it

There’s an easy way to find the list of iPhone apps that might be listening to you – and it’s worth checking out.

When applications activate your microphone, a little-known notice appears in the corner of your screen, but Apple says apps have every right to use any acoustic information they collect.

iPhone apps tend to accumulate over the life of the device, with many downloaded on a whim to allow users to catch up with online trends.

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Apps must request permission before activating the microphone, but many in-app features are unavailable without specific access.

By regularly checking the list of applications that have access to the microphone in your iPhone, depending on how much you trust those apps, you can disable that access.

“If you allow third-party apps or websites to use your microphone information, any information they collect is subject to their terms and privacy policies,” Apple said.

To see which apps have access to the microphone, go to iPhone Settings > Privacy & Security > Microphone.

There you will find the list of apps that have microphone access enabled.

Go to the Microphone menu in Privacy & Security settings to access a full list of apps that might be listening to you. Recognition: delivered

If you want to know if an app is listening to you, look at the top-right corner of your screen.

A small orange or green marker appears next to the battery life and signal bar icons when your microphone is on.

“An orange indicator means the microphone is being used by an app on your iPhone,” Apple said.

“Whenever an app uses the camera (even if the camera and microphone are used together), a green indicator appears.”

You can test this by activating Siri on your iPhone and watching the orange dot appear.

An orange indicator appears when your microphone is activated, and a green indicator appears when the camera is activated with or without a microphone. Recognition: Apple

To periodically review or reset specific privacy permissions, turned on location sharing, or shared content in your notes, calendar, and photos, go to Settings > Privacy & security > Security review.

Here you can also change your Apple ID password and iPhone passcode, as well as restrict access to apps like FaceTime and Messages.

Safety Check can be used to review and change a variety of privacy and sharing permissions, as well as change passwords. Recognition: Apple

“If circumstances or levels of trust change, Safety Check lets you disconnect from people, apps, and devices you no longer want to be connected to,” Apple said.

“Keep in mind that if you stop sharing your information with them, people might notice.”

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