The apps that you install on your iPhone often need to use some of the device’s resources to work effectively. Whether it’s an image-editing app that needs access to your Photos, or an exercise app that needs access to health data, these permissions usually make sense.
But you may have noticed that some of the apps you install want access to your microphone. Again, some of these requests can make sense, such as an app that records your voice, or one that has a voice search function. But if you are concerned about certain apps being able to use your microphone, then our guide below will show you where to find and turn off microphone access on an iPhone 7 for apps that you have previously approved.
Privacy Settings – How to Turn Off the Microphone on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. By completing the steps in this guide you will be navigating to and potentially turning off permissions for apps to use your iPhone’s microphone. The first part of our guide will provide a brief overview of how to do this, but you can continue scrolling or click here to jump to the full guide with pictures.
- Open Settings.
- Scroll down and tap Privacy.
- Select the Microphone option.
- Tap the button to the right of each app for which you want to block microphone access.
Some apps base functionality is reliant upon having access to the microphone. If you disable microphone permissions for such an app, it may not longer function as intended.
Full Guide – How to Turn off the Microphone Permissions on an iPhone 7
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Select the Privacy option.
Step 3: Touch the Microphone button.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of each app that you no longer want to use your microphone.
Note that some apps won’t function properly without access to your microphone. Typically the apps most affected by this change are the ones that rely on your voice input to perform tasks.
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