If you are wondering on how to disable microphone access to WhatsApp, there here are the complete steps to follow to do it easily.
Recently on a tweet of an engineer, Foad Dabiri from Twitter revealed that WhatsApp is using microphone on his phone without a need. This is considered to be a serious privacy issues for people who use WhatsApp for calls and voice messages. WhatsApp has responded to this, mentioning as all messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted and no third person or even WhatsApp can listen to the conversations.
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This issue was noticed on a pixel phone and raised as a tweet on Twitter. It grabbed people’s attention and got a lot of comments and responses. It is also quoted that the issue is related to a bug in Android. There are many apps we use in daily basis which uses your phone microphone, and it could cause serious issues if there is a bug related to that.
One thing to note here is that, all these apps have settings where users can disable the microphone access to the specific app which you feel is having a privacy issue. If you feel the same way and need to disable microphone access for WhatsApp, then following are the steps.
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How to disable Microphone access to WhatsApp
The process is real simple and can be done in both Android and iOS. If you are installing WhatsApp now then the microphone access can be denied during the setup itself or else if it’s already installed then there are a few settings to be changed.
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All popular messaging apps like Telegram and WhatsApp ask for various permissions during setup, and we must be careful before giving yes to all.
- Unlock your Android or iPhone
- Open settings app.
In Android, you may need to find the Apps option and click on it, when it comes to iOS all the apps will be listed inside settings page itself. Once you have found the app on Android or iOS, follow the steps below.
- Click on WhatsApp from the App list.
- Here you will find all the permissions provided fro WhatsApp on the phone.
- In the list there will be an option called “Microphone”.
- Turn OFF The toggle and the permission will be disabled for WhatsApp.
Doing this will block WhatsApp from accessing the microphone of your phone in the background, which will make it more secure. One thing to note here is that, if you need to make calls or send voice messages, WhatsApp will again ask for the microphone access. Once you have sent a message or completed the call, you can disable it again anytime.
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