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Disable Camera and Microphone Access in Edge on Android

Are you worried about your privacy? Learn to disable 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. However, Microsoft Edge for Android allows users to turn off the services and deny all access and permission requests for cameras and microphones from the Settings menu.

Customize Camera and Microphone access for Edge browser

Daily reports have been online about leaked private video clippings and sounds. It has been one of the major concerns of every individual. To protect ourselves, we need to cautiously choose apps, browsers, and their permissions within the phone.

Microsoft Edge, by default, requests permission to access phone cameras, microphones, sounds, storage, and a few others. But you can also limit access at the individual site level. For example, you can permit Google search with microphone access, which can help to do voice command search and block it for all other sites.

It would be best if you were very careful of two essential items: camera and microphone.

Disable Camera Permission

If a malicious website is provided with camera permission, it can record or capture videos without our consent which is quite dangerous. It is better if we know how the Microsoft Edge camera permission works.

Hence, it’s always safe to share permission to authentic sites if needed and block the rest of the website’s permission. Here are the steps to block the camera access:

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge browser for Android.
  2. Tap on the More horizontal 3dots icon menu for options.
  3. Select the Settings menu from the options list.
  4. Tap on the Privacy and Security option.
  5. Scroll down and tap on Site Permissions. 
  6. Choose the Camera options from the list.
  7. Toggle the button to turn off the Camera permission to Microsoft Edge for Android.
    Camera and Microphone Blocked in Edge Android

It will disable the camera for all the websites, including the Edge browser. Hence, no website will be able to watch your camera without permission.

By default, this permission is disabled, however, in case you’ve ever enabled it, then you can follow the above steps to disable the camera for the Edge browser app.

Block Microphone Access

Like the camera, the Microphone is another area where privacy invasion can happen quickly. The microphone helps record the voice, and phishing sites can misuse these recordings.

Having said that, it’s always safe to block microphone access and limit it to only selected websites. The Microsoft Edge microphone permission can let you do that. Here are the steps to disable microphone access to the sites:

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge for the Android.
  2. Tap on the More horizontal 3dots icon menu for options.
  3. Select the Settings menu from the options list.
  4. Tap on the Privacy and Security option.
  5. Scroll down and tap on Site Permissions. 
  6. Choose the Microphone options from the list.
  7. Toggle the button to turn off 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. This will also block the voice search feature for websites that use a voice command.

Like the Camera, Microphone access is also disabled in the edge microphone settings. However, you can enable or disable the Microphone access by switching the toggle button in the App info screen for the Edge browser app.

Bottom Line

It’s always better to share limited permission with websites that are not authentic or credible. I blocked permission for microphones and cameras for all the sites, irrespective of their status.

Having said that, several frauds and ransom cases are registered with cyber police. Do not fall prey to all these scams, and keep your privacy strong.

Similarly, we can also disable the camera and microphone in the Edge computer browser. This will block the camera and microphone permissions for all the sites on your computer browser.

Have you blocked the camera and microphone on your Edge browser? Which is the recent site that you’ve enabled access to these services?

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

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

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