How to Activate the Android Camera and Mic Indicator

How to Enable Camera and Microphone Indicator on Android

In this article I cover how to get and activate the Android camera and microphone indicator just like the one on the iPhone. OS14 has new privacy features such as an indicator light flashing green whenever an app uses the iPhone camera or an orange light when an app uses the microphone in the background.

Unfortunately, Android does not have such a feature. However, third-party Android apps – “Access Dots” can emulate the same iOS 14 functionality and alert the user if the app is using the microphone or camera in the background.

During the release of iOS 14, Apple made some big privacy announcements and one feature that stood out was the camera and microphone indicators. On iOS 14, whenever an app uses the camera or mic, a dot indicator appears at the top of the screen. It serves to notify the user that the app is snooping on you. Next, you can find the app name in Control Center and uninstall it right away.

So if you want this iOS 14 feature on Android, you can use Access Dots (Free, offers in-app purchases). This app allows you to get indicators similar to iOS 14 for microphone and camera usage. The best part is that you can even adjust the color and change the size and position of the points.

How to Enable Camera and Microphone Indicator on Android

To get and activate the Android camera and microphone indicator like the one on the iPhone, first download the Access Dots app from the Play Store or from here. The app is basically free with in-app purchases. When you first open the app, click the switch next to Access Dots. It will guide you to Accessibility settings. Under Accessibility settings, tap on “Installed services“.

How to Enable Camera and Microphone Indicator on Android-1

Next, tap on “Access Dots” and on the next screen, turn on the toggle under Access Dots. Once done, Access Dots, by default shows a green dot and an orange dot in the top right corner when the camera or microphone is accessed. If you are using a notch camera or punch-hole display, notification dots appears next to the notch.Access Dots can also automatically detect the device type.

How to Enable Camera and Microphone Indicator on Android-2

For example, the image below uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Samsung devices have a normal display with bezels while the Nokia ones have a notched screen. You can see Access Dots on both screens of this phone in different positions.

How to Enable Camera and Microphone Indicator on Android-3

If you use an application that accesses the camera and microphone, for example, video recording, the access point changes to two colors. There is an orange dot with green strokes indicating camera and microphone usage. Comparatively, the Android app’s access point is slightly larger than the iOS 14’s access indicator. The app provides the option to scale the size.

This app has very limited customization in its free version. But if you are using the premium version, you can change the color of the access point from the Settings menu. Next, you can change the position of Access Dots to – Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left, Bottom Right. There are also custom coordination options, no ads, adjust Access Dots size, etc.

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There is no alternative third-party application similar to Access Dots. However, some OEM skins like Color OS, MIUI 12 provide this option natively. You get a camera and microphone icon at the top when the app is using it. But, for everyone, Access Dots is the best choice.