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How to disable microphone access on Android

Using permissions, you can determine what data or features the applications downloaded through the Play Store will use.

Most often, they are configured immediately after installation, at the first start. If necessary, you can restrict access to previously issued functions and data after loading. Next, we will tell you how to disable access to the microphone on Android through the settings and using special applications.

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How to restrict access to the microphone through the settings

On Android, at any time you can restrict applications access to previously issued permissions (for example, a microphone and a camera). How to do it:

Step 1 Open the settings and select "Permissions" here . In the page that opens, tap on the line "Application Permissions" .

Step 2 Find “Microphone” in the list. A new page will open where you can restrict specific applications from accessing the microphone. To do this, move the sliders to the “Deny” state.

Step 3 If the smartphone does not have a separate menu with permissions, then through the settings, select the “All applications” item (it may have a different name). Find the application you want to restrict access to the microphone here.

Step 4 A page with installed programs opens. Here, find the item “Application Permissions” (may have a different name) and in the window that opens, restrict access to the microphone or other functions, data.

Step 5 If you want to see a list of all permissions available to the application, then click on the icon in the form of three dots and select "All permissions" .

Step 6 You can also reset permissions and user settings for all applications installed on the smartphone. To do this, in the application list, click on the icon in the form of three dots and in the drop-down menu tap on the item “Reset application settings” .

Do not forget that for the normal operation of some applications, constant access to the microphone is required. Most often, these include voice assistants, instant messengers and other programs that support calls or sound recordings.

Antispyware Applications

If you forbade other applications to use the microphone through the settings, but this does not seem sufficient to you, then for maximum security of personal data, you can use special utilities that block unauthorized access to the microphone, camera and geolocation.

Antispyware

Antispyware is a free utility with which you can block the camera, microphone, hide the location and prevent other applications from using user data. If necessary, you can configure notifications so that Anti-Spyware notifies you if any program tries to access the camera or microphone.

KvdAntiSpy

KvdAntiSpy is an anti-spyware application that allows you to control other programs that have access to the microphone, camera and geolocation. With KvdAntiSpy, you can monitor permissions in real time, create lists with approved applications, and block programs with suspicious activity.

Paranoia lite

Paranoia Lite is a free Android application that protects your smartphone from unauthorized access to the camera, microphone and user data. Among the main functions is constant monitoring in real time. In addition, Paranoia Lite automatically records all actions. Therefore, you can check application activity logs at any time.

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