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Your iPhone or Android phone camera is spying on you? Stop nasty surprises, check this way

Feel like someone is spying on you through your iPhone or Android phone camera? Here’s how you can check.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Jan 16 2023, 14:05 IST
Check for unauthorized access to your iPhone camera or microphone this way. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Do you feel like someone is spying on you through your iPhone or Android phone camera? There's a way you can get to know. With the advancement of smartphone security, hackers usually have a very tough time while trying to crack smartphones, iPhones in particular. Apple’s devices have gained a reputation for being one of the most secure devices in the market. This is mainly due to the vast number of security features provided by Apple. However, that does not mean your iPhone, or Android phone camera is not spying on you.

No device is completely immune to security risks, and it is still important for users to be cautious and alert. There’s a chance someone could be spying on you through your smartphone camera. Fortunately, there is a way to check that.

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For iPhone

For iPhone users, the process of checking if your phone is being used to spy on you or not is straightforward. Users on iOS 14 or later can see an orange dot at the top-right corner of the phone if the microphone is currently being accessed or was accessed recently. Similarly, a green dot appears at the same location if the camera is being accessed.

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For Android phone

Unfortunately, there is no direct way to check if the camera or the microphone of your Android device is being accessed. However, there is a workaround for it. Android users can download an app called Access Dots from the Google Play Store which will notify users the same way iPhone does. It imitates the iPhone’s camera and microphone dots to let users know if their smartphone is being accessed.

With the new Android updates, whenever you download any app, it asks you for various permissions depending on its purpose. For example, a photo editing app might request access to your storage space, camera, microphone and photo gallery. Therefore, users know which app has access to specific permissions.

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First Published Date: 16 Jan, 13:17 IST

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