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Configure Camera and Microphone Access in Edge on Android

Are you worried about your privacy? Learn to manage your Android device's camera and microphone permissions to sites in Microsoft Edge.

The camera and the microphone are very sensitive services online hackers can misuse. These services can be accessed from all sites running on the web browser.

The Microsoft Edge app allows us to turn off the services and deny all access and permission requests from the Settings menu.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to manage the camera and microphone access to sites in the Edge browser.

Configure the Camera Access to Sites

If a malicious website is provided with camera permission, it can record or capture videos without our consent, which is unsafe. Hence, sharing permission to authentic sites and blocking the rest is safe. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge for Android.
  2. Tap the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and select the Settings menu.
  3. Tap on Privacy and Security and scroll down to select the Site Permissions option.
  4. Choose the Camera options from the list.
  5. Use the toggle switch to Disable the Camera permissions.
    Camera and Microphone Blocked in Edge Android

It will block the camera for all the websites, including the Edge browser. Hence, only websites will be able to watch your camera with permission.

By default, this permission is disabled; however, if you need to enable it, you use the toggle switch within Camera permissions.

Configure the Microphone Access to Sites

The microphone helps record the voice and listen to our surroundings. It’s always safe to block microphone access and limit it to only trusted websites. Here are the steps to configure the camera:

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge for the Android.
  2. Tap the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and select the Settings from the options list.
  3. Tap on Privacy and Security and choose the Site Permissions option.
  4. Choose the Microphone options from the list.
  5. Use the toggle switch to Disable the Microphone permission.
    Camera and Microphone permission disabled for Edge browser

It will block the Microphone permission to all the sites and won’t allow listening to any conversation without your consent. But it will also block the voice search feature for websites.

However, you can enable Microphone access by switching the toggle button on the App info screen.

Bottom Line

It’s always better to share limited permission with websites that are not authentic or credible. Blocking these sensitive permissions for microphones and cameras for all the sites, irrespective of their status, is recommended.

Similarly, we can manage the camera and microphone access to sites in Edge on a computer. We can block the permissions for all the sites or allow only specific sites using the exceptions list.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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