Categories: AppleVoIP

Zoom Keeps Mic Open, Even When Muted (iOS)

As most have read, Zoom’s video conferencing security safeguards remain a work in progress. And now, via Apple’s iOS 14 privacy protections, we can clearly see Zoom keeps a “muted” mic open on iPhones and iPads.

As you can see in the image above, my microphone is supposedly disabled (lower left), yet iOS indicates a hot mic given the yellow indicator (top right). Audio may not actually be recorded or transmitted anywhere in this scenario, but the app is certainly keeping that connection live. Hopefully, what we’re witnessing is merely inelegant programming or a debatable design decision (see comments). But, while I don’t have the means to research it, it’s also possible that our supposedly muted audio is being recorded and/or transmitted somewhere. Which wouldn’t be cool.

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  • I have noticed the same thing in MacOS. If I sneeze while muted, it lets me know that I'm muted. I suppose that's their justification for still listening even though you're muted. It would theoretically work the same way if I start talking in a meeting but I'm still muted.

  • Just had a thought, a muted mic that isn't actually muted. Gee, that wouldn't get anyone fired.... LOL (Yeah I know the article said it might still be muted, but thought that would be hilarious!) Oh, and love the facial expression.

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