How to See When Apps Access Your Camera and Microphone on Android

access points in the status bar

Privacy is an important topic when it comes to mobile devices. IPhones and iPads show little orange and green indication icons when apps access the device’s camera or microphone. Here’s an Android app that can do the same.

Like the LED light on a webcam, iPhone and iPad display colored dots in the status bar when an app accesses the camera or microphone. Android shows when apps are accessing your location, but these metrics are missing.

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The application that we are going to use to integrate this functionality into Android is called “Access Dots”. It imitates the colored dots present on iPhone and iPad. The app is easy to set up and gives you more information about what the background apps are doing.

First, install “Access Dots – Camera / Mic Access Indicators iOS 14”From the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.

access to points in ripped games

When you open the app for the first time, you will be greeted with a toggle to activate hotspots. Turn it on to get started.

activate the switch

Toggling the switch will take you to the Android accessibility settings menu. In order for Access Dots to work, we need to allow it to run as an Accessibility Service. Select it from the list of installed applications.

select access points

Then activate “Use access points” to continue with the function.

activate the use of access points

A pop-up window will ask you to confirm that you want to allow Access Dots to be on your device. Tap “Allow” if that’s okay with you.

press allow to confirm

Now go back to the Access Dots app. The feature is already running, but you’ll probably want to make some adjustments. Tap the gear icon to open its settings.

tap the gear icon to open settings

First of all, you can change the color of the dots by pressing the circles and choosing a different color from the picker.

change the color of the dots

Then you can decide where you want the indicator point to appear. Select one of the locations (Custom location requires in-app purchase.).

select a position

Finally, use the slider to adjust the point size.

adjust point size

Besides the indicator point, the app also keeps a log of the apps that have accessed your camera and / or microphone. From the Access Dots main screen, tap the clock icon to view history.

tap the clock icon to view history

You will now see the colored dots whenever an app uses your camera or microphone.

access to points in action

That’s all we can say about it. This is a cool little app to keep tabs on any apps that may be accessing your sensors in the background without your permission.

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