The iOS 16.3.1 software update just rolled out and I am LOVING IT so far.
I’ve already customized my home screen, changed my app icons and now, I just learned there is a new feature that you should be aware of that involves tiny orange and green dots.
The other day I thought I was seeing things when I noticed a tiny green dot in the upper right corner of my screen when I was using certain apps but turns out, I am not crazy after all.
Since the iOS 14 software update, iPhone has enhanced privacy features which is actually what the little dots that appear in the top right corner of your screen are for.
These tiny lights are activated when specific activities are going on, to help you be more aware of what’s going on with your devices.
If you see that small orange dot in the upper right corner, your iPhone’s microphone is being used by an app.
To see what application is using your microphone, or was using it most recently, swipe down from the top right corner. In the Control Center, you’ll see a yellow icon with the app name at the top of your screen.
If you see that small green dot in the upper right corner, your iPhone’s camera is being used by an app.
You can see which application is using your camera by doing the same step as above.
How to Disable Access to Camera or Microphone on iPhone
If the app presented in Control Center shouldn’t have camera access, you can disable camera access by going to (Settings > Privacy > Camera).
If the app presented in Control Center shouldn’t have microphone access, you can disable microphone access by going to (Settings > Privacy > Microphone).
I hope that helps you understand what those weird little colored dots were for.
I actually like this feature and love that we can have a bit more control over our privacy now!