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What Do Red, Yellow, Orange, and Green Dots Mean on iOS 14?

This is certainly an exciting time of the year for Apple users and fans, especially with the launch of the new Apple Watches, iPads, and of course, the latest iOS 14 update that was launched on September 16, 2020, globally. While many of these updates have been received well, some have caused confusion among users as to what they indicate. A major one is regarding the green, orange, and red dots that appear on the top right of the screen. Well, it’s nothing to worry about. Here’s a brief understanding of what these dots mean.

What is the green dot on iOS 14?

Well, historically,  Apple has always been big on maintaining the privacy and security of its users and they’ve maintained this M.O even in the iOS 14 update. One of the biggest insecurities that come with giving any app camera and microphone permissions is that you cannot truly ascertain whether the app is being sneaky and consequently violating your privacy despite all its claims.

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With the green dot feature, Apple ensures that a user is aware when an app is using the camera. So if you see a green dot on the top right of your iOS device, you’ll know that the app is using your camera and more importantly, in case it’s violating your privacy.

What is the orange dot on iOS 14?

Just as the green dot indicates that your camera is being used, the orange one indicates that the app is using the microphone on your iOS device. So anytime you see the appearance of the orange dot, keep in mind that the app you’re on is using your microphone.

What is the red dot on iOS 14?

Well, the orange dot is being misunderstood as a red dot by many users, however, what you think is a red dot is actually the orange dot and thus, performing the function of informing you every time the microphone on your iOS device is being used.

What is the yellow dot on iOS 14?

Well, there is no yellow dot for real, like the red dot above. It’s the orange dot actually that may appear yellow. As such, when you see orange dot, it means the microphone of your device is being used.


It’s super appreciated, not just how great iOS 14 is but also how thoughtfully this update has been designed to make us feel safe. Considering these are times when data privacy has started seeming like a luxury to most of us, Apple’s efforts are definitely in the right direction. As users, it is now our responsibility to ensure that we do our part and stay vigilant. So make sure you keep an eye out for the dot, especially if you see it in the wrong place at the wrong time. Take care and stay safe.

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