Dot on iPhone; behind iOS 14 green and orange lights at the top of the screen

If there is an orange dot in the top right of your screen, above the signal icon, it means your microphone is on and recording

Apple recently launched iOS 14, its latest iPhone operating system, and it comes with a host of long-awaited updates.

An orange indicator means the microphone
is being used by an app on your iPhone.

Among them are the ability to customise your home screen with widgets and change your default browser for the first time.

An important change that has flown a little under the radar relates to the orange and green dots you may have seen occasionally light up at the top of your screen since the update.

What does the orange dot mean?

If there is an orange dot in the top right of your screen, above the signal icon, it means your microphone is on and recording.

This is why you may have noticed it lighting up when using Siri.

The alert is designed for privacy reasons – so that you know when you are being recorded.

If the light is on and you are not deliberately using your microphone, it may mean an app is recording you without your express permission.

Apple launched its new iPhone operating system earlier this month (Photo: Apple)

You can find out if this is the case by going to your control centre, where you can see which app is using the microphone.

You can then choose to turn off microphone access for that particular app, ore delete it entirely if you want to be extra cautious.

What does the green dot mean?

The green dot is almost exactly the same, except it indicates that the camera is being used.

It will light up for both the front and rear camera, meaning you will see a green light when you are taking photos or videos, when speaking on FaceTime and when unlocking your phone with Face ID.

A green indicator means either the camera or the camera and the microphone are being used by an app on your iPhone.

Much like with the orange dot, if it is lit up when you are not deliberately using your camera, you can check which app is accessing it using the control centre.

Fears over TikTok and YouTube

People have reported the orange light coming on while using TikTok and YouTube, leading to fears the apps are listening to them.

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