Fix: Orange or Green dot (Mic or Camera) stuck on macOS

fix orange or green dot stuck on mac

Are you are fed up with the constant stay of the orange or green dot on your Mac’s menu bar? This is a pretty common issue that one can face on macOS devices. But luckily it is fixable and in this fixing guide, I am going to discuss it with you with the same. Here I have compiled a list of tips and fixes to get rid of the stuck green or orange on your Mac.

fix orange or green dot stuck on mac

What does the Green or Orange dot mean in the menu bar of a Mac?

Before heading further, let’s first see what it actually means if there is a green or orange light on your menu bar. Actually, both green and orange dots are actually indicators. One indicates that an app is using your Mac’s microphone while the other is for the camera. To be specific, the green dot means there is an app that is using your Mac’s webcam whereas the orange dot indicates the same for your Mac’s mic.

How to fix it if the Green or Orange dot doesn’t go away

Now, it is clear that green and orange dots are actually not threats to your Mac. Instead, they indicate the real-time active use of Mac’s mic and camera. But things become serious when you are not using any app in your knowings that uses the mic or camera, but still, the Mac is indicating the same. It can be a real privacy breaker. Though in most cases, it happens just because of some glitch in the macOS.

So if you are not able to get rid of the green or orange dot then go through the below steps to get the resolution.

Fix 1: Restart the Mac

The very simple way to get rid of such minor glitches in the software is to just a simple restart. In most of the cases, the users have reported that after a restart the dots were gone.

Step 1: Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left of the menu bar.

Step 2: Now, from the drop-down menu that appears, click on Restart.

Step 3: Again click on Restart to confirm the selection.

Fix 2: Update your Mac

Such issues/glitches occur more on an outdated system. Hence it is always a best practice to keep the system up to date in order to get the most out of it.

Step 1: Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner and click on About This Mac.

Step 2: Now, under the Overview section, click on the Software Update option.

Alternatively, you can also open the System Preferences and go to Software Update.

Your Mac will now start looking for any available updates. If there is any update that shows up then install it by following the on-screen instruction and then see if the Stem works properly.

Fix 3: Boot the Mac into Safe Mode

Booting the Mac into safe mode is a good way to troubleshoot if the dots are appearing due to an actual background app or process running. In the safe mode, the macOS will only allow the required background processes, making it clear if the dots are actually indicating the usage of the mic or camera and not just a glitch. To boot onto safe mode on your mac:

Boot into Safe Mode on Apple Silicon Macs

Step 1: Forst shut down the Mac. To do this, click on the Apple logo on the menu bar and select Shut Down.

shut down mc

Step 2: Once the mac is shut down, press and hold the power button of your Mac PC for 10 seconds.

Step 3: This will open the boot menu of your Mac. Here, select the Mac Startup disk e.g. Macintosh HD.

Step 4: After selecting the startup disk, quickly press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.

Step 5: You mac will now ask if you want to continue to Safe Mode. Confirm the same by clicking the Continue in Safe Mode option and releasing the Shift key.

Step 6: Now, wait for your Mac to boot up into Safe Mode.

Boot into Safe Mode on Intel Macs

Step 1: Shut down your Mac.

shut down mc

Step 2: Now, press the power button of your mac, and as soon as you hear the boot chime, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.

Step 3: Keep pressing the Shift key until the login screen appears. Once the Login screen is there, you can release the shift key.

Step 4: Your intel mac will now be in Safe Mode.

Once you have successfully booted into Safe Mode, check if there are those orange or green dots in the menu bar of your Mac. If there are no such dots, that means there is some suspicious background app that is accessing your mic or camera.

Fix 4: Kill the Codeaudiod process

If you are getting the dots issue, especially with the external mic on your Mac, then you are not alone. This issue has been experienced by many others and some of them have reported that killing the Codeaudiod background process fixed their issue. You can also try it and here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Terminal app on your Mac. You open it either from the Applications folder or just search for it.

open terminal
open terminal

Step 2: In the terminal window, execute the following command has hit the return key:

sudo killall coreaudiod
sudo killall coreaudiod

Doing so will kill the coreaudiod background process. You can now try using the webcam and external mic to check the status of the issue.

Fix 5: Check your Camera and Mic permissions

Since the mic and camera indicators are appearing, it is a good thing to make sure there is no unwanted app on your Mac that is accessing the camera and mic hardware. Here’s how you can do so:

Step 1: Open the System Preferences on your Mac. You can either search for it or can open it from the Launchpad or go to the Apple menu in the menu bar and click on System Preferences.

go to system preferences on mac
go to system preferences on mac

Step 2: On the System Preferences window, click on the Security & Privacy option.

security and privacy on mac
security and privacy on mac

Step 3: Here, switch to the Privacy tab.

Step 4: Now, click on the Camera option from the left pane, and then from the right pane, check if there is any unwanted app that has been allowed to access the camera.

camera permissions mac

Step 5: Now, click on the Microphone option from the right pane and check the apps that are allowed to access the mic.

Step 6: If there are suspicious or unwanted apps, then remove them from the list by unchecking them.

Bottom Line

And there you go! This is how you can tackle the issue where the green and (or) orange dot gets stuck on the menu bar of your Mac. This issue generally occurs due to some background glitch in the macOS and hence restarting the Mac can simply fix it. You can also take help from Safe Mode to track if there is any third-party background app that is causing the dot to appear. Also, out of privacy concerns, you must check the Camera and Microphone permissions on your Mac.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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