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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The ORANGE DOT on an iPhone and what it really means

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So for anyone that already has an iPhone, is thinking about buying, or has just brought a new iPhone, then chances are you might have seen that there is an orange dot that appears in the top right corner of your device.

Many people are clueless know about what this dot means. Not to worry, it is nothing to do with connectivity or your iPhone’s battery.  It is simply a new feature of the ios software update that Apple rolled out A few months ago.

Apple iPhone users warned about 'orange dot' on screen (Here's what it means). Pictures: Apple/Newsquest
Apple iPhone users warned about ‘orange dot’ on screen (Here’s what it means). Pictures: Apple/Newsquest

It turns out the orange dot is just an indicator light that turns on every time an app is using your iPhones microphone …. If you’re a person like me and you use voice memos or you just simply want to ask Siri a question, then the orange light will turn on.

You may also have seen a green light come on when you are using your phone. this dot will appear every time an app on your phone is using your iPhone’s camera.

Green dot means an iOS app is currently using the camera.
Green dot means an iOS app is currently using the camera.

So for example when you open up your camera to take a photo or you face time or you answer a call in face time the greenlight will, in fact, turn on.

But, Both the orange and green lights will never appear at the same time.

So if your recording a video on your iPhone which accesses both its camera and microphone then only the green light will appear.

Apple have assured us that both of these features are only designed to protect your privacy and nothing more.

So for example,  if you see that the orange light is on but the app you are using has not asked permission, then you should be suspicious… someone’s listening to you

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