Yellow, Orange, Green, and Red Dots on iOS 14?

Red Dots on iOS
Written by Kelly Houstan

iOS 14 includes a lot of major new features and a lot of smaller changes and visual updates as well. You guys may have noticed new indicators in the status bar. In the right-hand notch of your iPhone, and are also wondering what those are actually for. These new status symbols basically show up as orange and green dots or circles that appear above the signal strength indicator as well. Just read this article to know all about Yellow, Orange, Green, and Red Dots on iOS 14? Let’s begin!

It turns out these dots are actually informational indicators that basically help reassure and protect your privacy as well. On MacBooks and iMacs, Apple also has a physical green LED that sits next to the webcam as well. Although they appear next to the cellular signal and also Wi-Fi status indicators. They also have nothing to do with network connectivity.

Whenever the camera is access, the LED light then turns on in order to let you know that an application on your system is watching the camera feed as well. iPhones and iPad do not really have physical LEDs so Apple has simulates the experience via software.

Really confusingly, the green and orange dots are kind of like squares and rectangles, though. As the green dot can also indicate what the orange dot actually is supposed to alert you to.

What is the Red dot on iOS 14?

Well, the orange dot is being misunderstood as a red dot via a lot of users, but, what you really think is a red dot is actually the orange dot and. Thus, performing the function of informing you each and every time the microphone on your iOS device is being used as well.

What does the orange dot on iPhone mean?

The orange dot actually means that an application on your phone is actually using the microphone. The microphone is being listened to and also could be recorded. This may also show up whenever you are using Siri or Dictation. Such as, and also need the iPhone in order to transcribe your speech to text. Assuming all apps are acting in good faith, the orange dot should only appear when you guys are doing something that needs the microphone.

If the orange dot shows in contexts where it does not really seem like it should require. Then that may indicate an app is misusing your privacy. If you guys do spot it showing up whenever it should not, and then you may have to contact the developer to enquire about why it is using. It could just be a bug along with the app, instead of intentional spying activity.

In previous versions of iOS, users would not know whenever the microphone was being accessed unless the app was in the background as well. When apps record the microphone and when backgrounded, iOS shows a red pill indicator on the left-hand side of the notch as well. This behavior hasn’t really changed with iOS 14. However, now the orange light will also appear on the right-hand side of the notch at the same time.

What does the green dot on iPhone mean?

The green dot basically appears when an app is using the camera, such as when taking a photo. Camera access implies access to the microphone as well. In this case, you guys won’t see the orange dot separately. The green color matches the LEDs used in Apple’s MacBook and iMac products as well.

If an application is accessing the camera when it doesn’t really make sense. Then it may mean that the app is invading your privacy. iOS doesn’t actually know that why an app needs access to the camera hardware at any moment. So your best path of action is just to contact the support channels of the app you are suspicious about. They may be doing something nefarious, in which case you guys can delete the application, or also it may just be a bug.

The green light being on does not really mean that the camera feed is recording and saving as well. All iOS knows is that the app can also access the camera feed at that time. It doesn’t even know what the app is doing along with the data.

What is the yellow dot on iOS 14?

Well, there is no yellow dot for real, just like the red dot above. It’s the orange dot actually that may also appear yellow. As such, whenever you see an orange dot, then it means that the microphone of your device is using it as well.

Control Center “recently” | red dots on ios

If you pull down on the Control Center, then within a few minutes of the camera or microphone being used. Control Center UI can also tell you what happened. It will basically show the type of access (either microphone or camera) and the name of the app that used the sensor as well. This basically gives an extra layer of transparency, in case you happened to miss the small circular dot indicator as well.

Again, the system does not really know what the app is doing along with the information. That it is collecting from the microphone or camera as well. The data could using on the fly, also it could stay entirely on the device, or also it can also permanently recorded and sent over the network as well.

The actual point is that if iOS brings attention to when these features are using as well. Apps that are accessing them unnecessarily will actually name and shame via the wider community. The awareness basically brings about change. Hopefully, most of the iOS apps behave nicely, and also these status indicators will never really appear when you guys wouldn’t really expect them to.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this “red dots on ios” article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

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