How to control and prevent apps from accessing my microphone in Windows 10

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Personal computer users have always been concerned about a fundamental aspect when they want to enter the network and it is none other than the confidentiality of their data.

And is that the slightest suspicion that you may have access to any hardware on my computer such as the microphone is concerning. It is for this reason that in the following article we will teach you how to control and prevent apps from accessing my microphone in windows 10.



PC operating systems such as Windows 10 use a feature known as telemetry which is responsible for collecting the greatest amount of user data. This with the main goal of offering its users a better experience in the future. Of course, the way in which the data is collected is done anonymously.

It is that Microsoft has had serious problems in recent years due to the loss of information from Windows 10 users. Perhaps motivated by this situation they are implementing new functions to indicate when an app accesses the microphone.

For that reason, we'll show you what you should do for control and prevent apps from accessing my microphone in Windows 10.

How to control and prevent apps from accessing my microphone in Windows 10

Check, activate or delete certain functions in Windows 10 it is possible to do this if we have the necessary knowledge. And when they are obtained they are easy to apply, as in the case of deleting locked folders or files that are difficult to delete. In this sense, we will focus on this problem which, even if you don't believe it, is worrying.

It is that the microphone is a device like the video camera that is generally found in personal computers. They are constantly running and we are not aware of them. For this reason we must always know which devices are active to be able to control them.



So it is necessary for the user to know which App is installed on our PC and that it works with the Windows 10 operating system. He has access to the microphone, in order to subsequently be able to grant permission or not. In this way we will check the use of this device.

According to the latest versions installed by Windows 10, you can see the microphone icon on the taskbar when used by an application. To know which App is using this device, you just have to move the cursor over this icon and it will immediately show you the information, so you will know who is using it.

But it is possible that it is used by several Apps, so to see a list of them just go to the icon and right-click. In this list you can see the Apps that can use the microphone and those who are using it right now. But what happens, if you notice, not all installed apps ask for permission to use the microphone.

Control app to access the microphone

This is a very simple operation, what we will do is go to Windows startup and we will write in the microphone of the search field. Now in this window we will look for the option Microphone privacy settings. Now we will be in another window and in it we can see the option Allow access to the microphone on this device.


And Allow applications to access the microphone, both are enabled by default. So from there you can disable this option and not allow any App to access the microphone. Also if you wish you can give permission to each App individually this setup depends entirely on your reasoning.

It is important to monitor this aspect of yours privacy and security as you can be a victim of espionage through these devices.


Your permanent surveillance of the permissions you have to applications to use any device is entirely up to you. And so we finish this article showing how to control and prevent apps from accessing my microphone in windows 10.


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