Added mic + camera access to quick settings in Android 12


Privacy is a huge concern among many consumers these days, and for a multitude of good reasons. Android 12 has tried to fix a few of these issues, helping users feel a bit more secure while using their devices. This is why a feature implemented was an option to block access to the camera and microphone built right into the quick settings. Here’s how you can set it up and use it.

What are quick settings?

We have already completed a detailed tutorial on how to enable quick settings in Android 12. You can find it here. In a nutshell, Android 12 lets you add important settings options to a menu that can be accessed with a few swipes or a well-placed single swipe with two fingers from the top of the home screen. In the quick settings, you can customize the options that you want to always be accessible. These settings range from airplane mode to battery sharing and are all extremely handy to have at your fingertips without delving into the settings app.

Access to camera and microphone explained

Camera and mic access might be the two most important quick settings in Android 12, and I’ll tell you why: privacy. It’s not that someone is always guaranteed to be listening or looking the other way, but rather the comfort of knowing that apps both open and in the background won’t be able to access that data even if they tried.

When one or both are disabled, this input method is completely closed. For example, if you turn off camera access, you won’t even be able to open the Stock Camera app. Why? Well, because it’s blocked. It really is that simple. Think of it like the mute switch on your Nest Hub. When this switch is muted, the microphone is turned off and always listening is disabled.

This can be extremely useful for many reasons, and the most common is the peace of mind that apps cannot access this data without you knowing or allowing it. For example, if you are in a sensitive meeting and you don’t want to risk audio data being stored on your device, blocking access to the microphone will be the way to ensure complete privacy.

How to Add Camera and Mic Access Tiles to Quick Settings

First of all, you will need to go to the quick settings. You can do this by slide down from the top of the Home screen twice, or once with two fingers. At this point, you will see quick set thumbnails on a few pages. there will be a small pencil icon under the tiles on the left side; press it. Tap the pencil to view all of the tiles you can add to the Quick Settings page.

Scroll down until you find Microphone access and Camera access. If they’re towards the bottom of the screen in the section with a slightly lighter background, long press and drag the tiles to move them to the Quick Settings menu. How far you move these tiles will determine which page you find them on in Quick Settings. Play around with the location and figure out where you like them the most.

After moving them to the quick settings, you can long press on camera access or microphone access to access advanced settings. This will allow you to narrow down which applications can use this data on a regular basis.

It’s worth mentioning that disabling mic and camera access all the time can make some apps unusable. Other than that, it can’t hurt to take it off while you are not using it. Adding the camera and mic access tiles to the quick settings in Android 12 can be really helpful and come in handy more often than you might think.

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