Yes, your smartphone is listening to your conversations

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Ever felt as if your smartphone is listening to your conversations? Well, you’re not going crazy. Drew shows you how to disallow your smartphone apps from listening to you. 

No matter whether you use an iPhone or Android device, your settings currently allow apps on your smartphone to listen in to your conversations. Follow the steps below to fix your settings. 

iPhone – Turn off Siri
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap Siri & Search.
3. Next to ‘Listen for ‘Hey, Siri’, toggle the switch to OFF (white).
4. Next to ‘Press Side Button for Siri’, toggle the switch to OFF (white).

iPhone – All apps
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap Privacy.
3. Tap Microphone.
4. Next to each app listed, toggle the switch to OFF (white).

Android – Turn off OK Google
1. Open Settings on your phone and enter the Google category.
2. Select Search under Services.
3. Next, tap Voice.
4. You’ll see a Voice Match entry; this may also be listed as ‘OK Google’ detection. Tap that.
5. Disable the Say ‘Ok Google’ any time slider. You should also disable ‘While driving’ to prevent it in Google Maps and Android Auto.

Revoke Google’s Access to Your Microphone
1. Open Settings on your phone and tap Apps & notifications.
2. Tap ‘See all X apps’ to get a full list.
3. Scroll down to Google and select it.
4. Tap Permissions and disable the Microphone slider.

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    I only turn on the data and wireless when I want to use them then turn it off as soon as I finish. I learnt that lesson the hard way. My daughter gave me her old phone, popped in my sim card and started using it. At the end of the month had a massive bill. All because she keeps the wireless and data on. It had been downloading and updating all month without me realising

    • 0

      same here…boughgt a new super dooper smart phone…old one I only used for talk and messaging. lady at Telstra changed over the SIM card (thought I needed a new one but said the old one would fit and it did)…had a credit of over $177 as I am on prepaid where I only put in 40 bucks and it lasts 6 months and it usually rolls over as I rarely use it.

      anyway, long story short, the whole damn lot was gobbled up as the Wi Fi and Data were enabled.

      put in another $40 and went down to 26 buck without even making a call or sending text message.

      again into Telstra ..too scared to even turn it on…guy there just swiped down and turned off data..problem fixed. most annoyed the lass atTelstra did not do this before she put in the SIM card.

  2. 0

    The way governments are going all our conversations will be recorded as all data is now. We no longer have any freedom from government snooping

    • 0

      Just have an ordinary talk phone for that reason – shall have my wife reading the article. She has one of these devices.

    • 0

      Cowboy Jim – 1/ How many secrets do you two have?
      2/ It only works when you have the internet turned on, I only ever have the internet turned on when using the net – mainly because it chews through the battery more.

  3. 0

    Don’t have a “smartphone”. Just one that makes calls and handles messages. Don’t need any of that other crap!

    • 0

      the problem is that we will all eventually be forced into that other “crap”. plane boarding passes are going electronic in case no one knows so what happens to those who dont’ have a smart phone??



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