How To Turn Off the Microphone on iPhone

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Privacy is an integral part of the iPhone experience. The company has made numerous strides over the years to ensure the utmost privacy of its users. One such stride is the ability to turn your microphone off on your iPhone.

Quick Answer

Here’s how you can turn off your microphone on your iPhone.

Muting during a call.
• Using Settings.
• Using Privacy.
• Using Siri.

This article will discuss how exactly you can turn your microphone off on an iPhone.

How To Check if the Application Is Using My Microphone

Whether you’ve turned your microphone off for a specific application or completely, there’s a quick and easy way to check whether the application is using it in the first place if you are on iOS 15 or later.

To do so, open the application in question and then open your Control Center (swipe vertically downwards from your battery icon). Now, tap on the Microphone icon on the screen, and you’ll be able to see whether this application has ever used your microphone.

Method #1: Muting During a Call

If you are on a FaceTime conversation or have called someone on WhatsApp, you’ll be able to mute and turn your microphone off directly. Here’s how.

  1. Open the application you are currently using in your call.
  2. Tap on the microphone icon.
  3. If there’s a diagonal bar on the microphone icon, you’ve successfully turned your microphone off.
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Keep in Mind

When you mute your microphone using this method, it is only turned off for that specific call.

Method #2: Using Settings

If muting isn’t your thing and you want an application-specific permanent solution, then using the Settings application is your best bet. However, you’ll be physically disabling your microphone for that particular application. In essence, they won’t be able to identify whether you have a microphone in the first place.

Here’s how you can turn off your microphone using the Settings application.

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Scroll down to the specific application where you want to turn off your microphone.
  3. Tap on the slider adjacent to “Microphone”, and you will have successfully turned it off.
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Method #3: Using Privacy

With iOS 15 and later, you can use the “Privacy” tab in your Settings application to be able to disable your microphone for multiple applications at the same time. This method is excellent when you want only a specific set of applications to access your microphone.

Here’s how you can use the “Privacy” tab to turn off your microphone on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Head to “Privacy” > “Microphone”.
  3. Use the slider to disable microphone access for particular applications.
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Turning Off Microphone Access With Siri

Even if you’ve followed the methods above, you will still need to turn off your microphone in the “Siri” tab if you don’t want the voice assistant accessing it. This is because Siri is an in-built application; it does not come up in the list of applications that use your microphone.

Here’s how.

  1. Open the Settings applications.
  2. Scroll down to “Siri & Search”.
  3. Disable “Listen for Hey Siri” in the slider.
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With this method enabled, you will not be able to access Siri by using the “Hey Siri” command, and the voice assistant will not be actively listening to you.

Using Siri

If you want to access Siri now, you’ll have to long press your home button or the side button to invoke the assistant. However, your microphone will be turned on as soon as you invoke Siri. But it will be turned off as soon as you register your command with Siri.


From all the methods mentioned above, only using the “Mute” option ensures that your microphone is detected but muted. On the other hand, all other methods physically turn your microphone off.

So, if you are using an application that doesn’t operate normally without a microphone detected, then the first method makes sense. Otherwise, physically turning your microphone off is better for security and convenience. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I switch the microphone on my iPhone?

Head to Settings > “Privacy” > “Microphone” and ensure your microphone is enabled. If it is and you still can’t use it, then there’s a hardware defect with your microphone, as there’s no other physical way to turn off the microphone on an iPhone.

What is Mic Mode on iPhone?

Mic Mode has no relation to whether your iPhone’s microphone is turned on or off. The Mode lets you choose between Voice Isolation, Wide Spectrum, and Standard. These change your microphone’s pick-up pattern and nothing else.

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