Access Dots - Android 12/iOS 1

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About this app

Did you know that once you grant access to your phone's camera/microphone/GPS location to any third-party App, they can use it silently in the background?

And do you feel envious about the new iOS 14's privacy feature - shows an indicator whenever camera or microphone is accessed? Or you can't wait for Android 12's implementation of the same feature?

Presenting Access Dots for Android, supporting all the way down to Android 7.0!

Access Dots, adds the same iOS 14 style indicators (few pixels light up as a dot) to the top right (default) corner of your screen whenever any third-party App uses your phone's camera/microphone/GPS location. Access Dots will be visible even on your lockscreen!

Configuring the App is as simple as enabling the Access Dots Accessibility Service (Toggle switch in the App > (More) Downloaded Services/Installed Services > Access Dots > Enable). By default the App is configured to show iOS 14 style colored access dots - green for camera access, orange for microphone access and blue for GPS location. The App itself does not request for camera or microphone access, however, to be able to monitor GPS access by any App, 'Access Dots' require GPS location permission.

Access Dots is in early BETA, under development, so far it has the following features:

● Display Access Dots whenever phone's camera/microphone/GPS location is engaged by a third-party App.
● Maintain an Access Log, which can be accessed from the App's main settings screen. The Access Log shows when the camera/microphone/GPS location was accessed, which App was in foreground at the time of access initiation and how long did the access last.
● Assign any color to either of the Access Dots.
● On Android 10+, Access Dots by default sticks beside your camera cutout (if your device has.) You can configure the location of Access Dots to the point of specifying X/Y coordinates.
● If your device supports 'Energy Ring - Universal Edition!' App, then you can wrap Access Dots around the punch hole camera as well.
● The size of Access Dots can be adjusted.

While it's free to change the Access Dots' color to whatever you want, consider making a donation to support the development and have access to few extra configurations like changing the 'size' of the dot or its location on the screen. :)

Note: Please make sure the App is whitelisted under any kind of optimization setting your device has, if the App is killed from background by the System, you may have to restart phone to get the Access Dots active again.
Updated on
Feb 22, 2021

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15K reviews
shane miles
December 22, 2020
I really really like this app. Haven't had any issues with it turning off or anything. I have a Pixel 5. One thing I've noticed lately though is the "microphone" light comes on whenever I'm playing audio in certain apps like Twitter. I'd rather only have it turned on when the microphone is listening. I don't know if those things can be separated but it's making me think Twitter is listening even though it's playing audio through my microphone. Otherwise, outstanding job!
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Nathan B
April 14, 2021
Grade A app. Absolutely love the features. I understand this is still in beta, but unfortunately, the location dot doesn't work for me. Specifically, it'll work for a while after the service is first activated, but then it won't show up even when using Maps. I would have to revoke and allow the location permission every few days. Hope it gets worked out soon. The camera and microphone dots work flawlessly, though. Great work 👍
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Robby K
September 28, 2020
Neat. Needs a way to show if both the mic and camera are being used at the same time, though. There's a log you can check at the main screen, but other than that you may have no idea that an app was accessing one when you only expected it to access the other. Interface leaves a bit to be desired, but it's not like it's something you look at often to use.
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What's new

500,000+ downloads, thanks for the support, everyone!

* Bug fixes. Attempt to improve monitoring accuracy.

#1 Added 'Access Dot' for GPS access. Manually grant the one-time permission within the Settings of the App.
#2 Multiple Access Dots (Camera/Mic/GPS) now merge into a gradient whenever simultaneously accessed.
#3 Access Dots can now display as 'Ring' around punch hole camera if your device supports 'Energy Ring' App. Download and install the companion App.
#4 New App Icon.