What does the green dot mean on Snapchat?

Onur Demirkol
Jun 23, 2023
Apple, Tutorials

One of the most widely used social media platforms is Snapchat, which enables you to share stories, conversations, and snaps with your friends. But what does the green dot mean on Snapchat? We'll explain what the green dot on Snapchat represents in this article!

What does the green dot mean on Snapchat?

What does the green dot mean on Snapchat: Explained

The green dot on Snapchat is a security indicator that appears when the app is using your camera. It was introduced in 2020 with iOS 14, and it is designed to let you know when an app is accessing your camera so that you can be aware of your privacy.

If you're using the camera or Snapchat, it will always show up. If you notice the green dot while you are not using the camera or Snapchat, it may also be a sign of a privacy breach.

The green dot will appear in the upper-right corner of your screen whenever Snapchat is using your camera. This includes when you are taking a photo or video or when you are using the app's filters or lenses. The green dot will also appear if you are using another app that is accessing your cameras, such as Instagram or TikTok.

Related: What are Snapchat Nickname Lenses and how to use them?

If you do not want the green dot to appear, you can disable it in your iPhone's settings. However, please be aware that this will kill the whole purpose of Snapchat. To do this:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy.
  3. Go to Camera.
  4. Toggle off the switch next to Snapchat.

The green dot is not the only way to tell if Snapchat is using your camera. You can also check the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen. If the Snapchat icon is lit up, then the app is currently using your camera.

Orange Dot

What is the orange dot?

Now that we answered your question, "What does the green dot mean on Snapchat?" it is now time to move on to the orange dot. When you are using a microphone, the orange dot also serves as a security alert. When you use voice memes or any other app that records your voice, it will show up.

Apple says that both were developed for security reasons. If you are seeing any of these images even though your camera or mic shouldn't be on, you will be bale to understand that there is something wrong and a bad actor could be watching or tracking you.

The green and orange dots on Snapchat, and on iPhone in general, are helpful ways to stay aware of when the app is accessing your camera. If you are concerned about your privacy, you can disable the green dot in your iPhone's settings.


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