iOS14 has a new privacy feature that flashes a green light every time the application uses the iPhone’s camera or an orange light when the application uses a microphone in the background. Unfortunately, Android does not have such features. However, a third-party Android application – “Access Dots” mimics the same iOS 14 functionality and warns users if the application uses a microphone or camera in the background. This is how you use it.
Before we begin
It should be noted, Android 11 has pretty much solved this problem by completely eliminating the location, camera, and microphone access in the background. In simple words, the Application cannot request these three permissions while working in the background. Likewise, on Android 10, if the application uses a location in the background, you will be notified by the location pin in the upper right corner. With that, let’s see how to get started with “Access Dot”.
How You Find the Use of Cameras & Microphones in the Background
Speaking of the application, the Access Dots application was created by the application developer Energy Bar, Energy Ring, etc. This application displays small green and orange dots when your camera or mic is accessed. Let’s see how to set it up.
Most importantly, download the Access Dots application from the Play Store. This application is basically free with in-app purchases. When you first open the application, click the switch next to Access Dots. This will guide you to the Accessibility settings. Under Accessibility settings, tap on “Installed services”.
Next, tap on “Access Dots” and on the next screen, turn on the switch under Access Dots.
When finished, Access Dots, by default show green dots and orange dots in the upper right corner when the camera or microphone is accessed respectively. If you use a notch camera or punch hole display, a notification point appears next to the notch. Automatically detects device type. For example, I tried it on Galaxy Note 9 and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Samsung devices have a normal display with a bezel while the Nokia one has a notched screen. You can see the position of the access point on both monitors.
If you use an application that accesses video and camera video recordings, for example, the access point changes two colors. There is an orange dot with a green sweep that shows the use of the camera and microphone.
Comparatively, the Android application access point is slightly larger than the iOS 14. access indicator. This application does provide an option to scale the size of the access point. However, it’s behind the paywall, and speaking of that, let’s look at additional features in the Access Dots application.
This application has very limited customization for free. Most importantly, you can change the color of the access point from the Settings menu. Next, you can change the position of the access point to – Top Left, Top Right, Lower Left, Lower Right. There is also a custom coordination option but it’s behind the paywall. Speaking of paywall, it’s quite flexible. You can donate anything between $ 2.50 – $ 27.
Premium variants of additional key features such as no ads, adjusting the size of the access point, etc.
There are no alternative third-party applications that are similar to access points. However, some OEM skins such as Color OS, MIUI 12 provide this option native. You get the camera and microphone icon at the top when the application uses it. But, for everyone, you have Access Dots.
For more problems or questions, let me know in the comments below.