How to Increase Your Google Pixel’s Security with Mic and Camera Toggles

If you’re concerned about your privacy and want to increase your Google Pixel’s security, this tutorial is for you. The most recent updates for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro include new features that help improve user protection and security, like the ability to turn off the microphone and camera switches. In this blog, we’ll guide you through enabling these switches on your device, as well as show you how to activate and deactivate them.

How to Enable Pixel Switches for Microphone and Camera Access

By default, these switches should already appear on your Pixel device, and they’ll also be available on other Android 12 devices. However, if theyโ€™re not displayed initially, simply follow the steps below to enable them:

  • Swipe down on the notification shade to expand notifications
  • Swipe down again to reveal all the Android 12 quick settings
  • Select the ‘edit’ icon located below the page indicator dots for the horizontally scrollable quick setup (The ‘edit’ icon looks like a pencil on Pixel devices)
  • Scroll down to discover the Quick Settings labeled “Microphone Access” and “Camera Access” if they are not enabled in the top segment
  • Press and hold the switch and drag it to a suitable place in the top segment of Quick Settings (e.g., the first eight locations)
  • The switches should now appear within your Quick Settings pages, and you can move them to a different location if needed.

How to Activate or Deactivate Mic and Camera Toggles

Activating or deactivating the mic or camera switches is a quick and easy process:

  • Swipe down twice or once (depending on where you placed the icons)
  • Select the icon for the hardware you’d like to disable access to (microphone or camera)
  • The Quick Settings tile will turn gray and display “Blocked,” indicating that access has been disabled

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Pixel phone to use these switches?

No, these switches should also be available on other Android 12 devices.

Can I move the mic and camera switches to a different page?

Yes, you can move them to any location on the Quick Settings page.

Will disabling mic or camera access affect all apps?

Yes, disabling access will apply to all apps on your device.

What if the mic and camera switches don’t appear on my device?

Try accessing Quick Settings and scrolling through the available pages to make sure they haven’t been activated yet. If they still don’t appear, refer to your device’s manual or contact customer support for assistance.

Secure Your Device with Mic and Camera Toggles

By following the steps above, you can easily enable mic and camera toggles on your Google Pixel device to increase your security and protect your privacy. Share this article with others to help them secure their devices as well. And if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us through our forum section.

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