Google issues a warning to millions of Android phone users after Android 12 update rolls out

Google issues a warning to millions of Android phone users after Android 12 update rolls out

So if you don’t have that, you won’t be able to see it. The new indicator appears in the top-right corner of the screen. You’ll see a camera or microphone icon when an app attempts to access either respectively. It prevents apps from surreptitiously listening in – or even watching through your camera. You can also see a rolling log of which apps have access to your camera, microphone or location – and when. That information is available in the new Privacy Dashboard inside Settings.

Google alerts millions of users when they are being spied on. These are the signs that you are being watched. Google alerts millions of Android users when apps may be spying on them. When the microphone or camera is activated, the new feature notifies the user. It’s very similar to a warning that already appears on Apple’s competitor iPhone. According to The Sun, the Google feature was added to phones in the latest Android 12 update.

It’s also now possible to entirely deactivate your microphone and camera across the entire phone in your Quick Settings. It’s worth remembering that seeing an icon doesn’t mean anything nefarious is going on. Sometimes an app genuinely needs to use your camera – like Instagram. But if you notice that your camera is being used by a strange app, it could mean you’re being spied on. Cyber-experts have uncovered countless apps that have inappropriately access the camera on Android phones. So make sure you’re using Android 12, and that you stay wary of any foul play.

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