Full Guide: How to Turn off Orange Dot on iPhone Screen

Are you worrying about the orange dot on your iPhone screen? Just keep on reading to get what does this mean and how to turn off it on your iPhone efficiently. If necessary, you can download the useful tools to protect or recover your iPhone data.

Kathy by Kathy Updated October 24, 2023
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Why is there an orange dot on my iPhone screen?

My iPhone is showing an orange dot in the status bar every time I make a phone call. Why and how can I get rid of it?

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What does the orange dot on iPhone screen mean?

With iOS 14 or later, Apple introduced a new feature to show the usage status of the microphone. When an orange dot appears on your iPhone screen, it means that the microphone is being used by an app.

orange dot on iPhone

How to remove the orange dot on iPhone screen

Indeed, this function is part of Apple’s push to prioritize user privacy, so you can’t disable it. As for those who may have difficulty distinguishing colors, Apple has considered this in its accessibility settings. You can change the appearance of the orange dot on the iPhone's notification bar to an orange square.

Here's how to change it: Open the Settings app on your home screen > Find and select Accessibility > Tap on Display & Text Size > Find the Differentiate Without Color setting and turn it on.

change the orange dot settings

That’s all about how to turn off orange dot on iPhone screen.

How to know which app is using your microphone on iPhone

Whenever you see an orange dot on top of iPhone screen, you can swipe down from the top to see which apps are using your microphone. And you will see a microphone in the middle at the top with the app’s name to the right.

app using microphone

Bonus: Manage/recover iPhone data easily on Windows PC

From this part, you can get two handy tools to manage or recover your iPhone data on Windows PC.

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enlightened My Recover for iOS: The easy iPhone data recovery software that allows you to restore 10+ types of iPhone data without backup within only 3 steps.

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For those worried about the sudden loss of their iPhone data or looking to transfer iPhone data to a Windows PC, FoneTool will provide you with the best experience.

blush Fast backup speed: FoneTool offers a super data transfer speed between your iPhone and PC, and 100 photos can be moved in 3 seconds.
blush Full or selective backup: You can fully back up iPhone like iTunes or preview the data on the computer to decide which file should be selectively backed up.
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Now you can download and install FoneTool on your computer to explore how amazing it can be.

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Step 1. Open FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to the computer via cable.

Step 2. Choose the Phone Transfer option > Go to iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

start to transfer files

Step 3. Click the plus icon to browse data on your iPhone > Select the files you want to transfer to the PC > Click OK to confirm.

choose files

Step 4. From the Transfer Settings option, you can choose your storage path on PC > Click Start Transfer to begin the process.

transfer music

Tip: After the process, you can also choose PC to iPhone to transfer the data to another iOS device, then viewing iPhone pictures on iPad can be so easy.

Recover lost iPhone data without backup

When data on your iPhone, which hasn't been backed up, is suddenly lost, the question of how to recover it becomes a big headache. In this situation, the handy MyRecover for iOS will be your ideal choice.

With its powerful functions, your lost data such as call history, photos, videos, contacts, Voice Memo, etc. all can be recovered efficiently. And you can follow the instructions below to get your deleted data back.

Step 1. Install MyRecover for iOS on your PC > Connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the Scan Now button to scan your iPhone.

start scan iphone data

Step 3. Click each icon to choose the targeted files you want to restore and then click Recover to complete the task.

restore data


That’s all about what does orange dot on iPhone screen mean and how to remove it. Hope your problem can be fixed completely. If you have any queries or suggestions about FoneTool and MyRecover for iOS, please feel free to contact us.

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