How to control access to your microphone on Mac

In macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple introduced new security settings that allow to control what apps can access your camera and microphone. Previous macOS versions allowed you to control only access to your location, contacts, photos, calendar, and reminders. 

The first time the application will try to get access to your microphone, you’ll see a prompt from your system:

Note: 

You won’t receive notifications from Apple apps like Safari or FaceTime. You can limit access to your microphone only for third-party programs.


Even if you’ve clicked “Don’t Allow,” you can change that later on your Mac. We’ll show you how to see what apps or websites can use your microphone to record audio and how you can adjust the settings. 

How to allow microphone access on Mac

Follow these steps to allow the apps to access your microphone:

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Click Security & Privacy.
  3. Choose the Privacy tab.
  4. Select Microphone. 
  5. Check the box next to the app to allow it to access your microphone.

Please note that if you allow the apps to use your microphone, any information they receive and collect is governed by their privacy policy. We recommend you to learn it to make sure that your personal data will be secure. 

How to deny access to your microphone

If you want to block access to your microphone for some apps, you should follow similar steps:

  1. Go to the Apple menu.
  2. Click System Preferences.
  3. Choose Security & Privacy.
  4. Select Microphone.
  5. Deselect the checkbox to turn off access for that app. 

You might be asked to quit the app to limit its access to your microphone. You can click “Quit Now” and the program won’t be able to use your mic anymore. 

Note: 

Some apps won’t work properly if you limit their access to your microphone. For example, if you’re using video chatting in Skype, you’ll have to give the app access to your camera and microphone.

How to control all permissions easily

You would be happy to learn about a cool way of managing all your apps permissions — with the help of an app CleanMyMac X. It has a great new feature, “Application Permissions,” that allows to check what data is used by different applications. In just a few clicks, you can see what programs have access to your camera, microphone, and other resources, and make changes. 

Here’s how to try this amazing feature:

  1. Download and install CleanMyMac X first (free trial version is available).
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Choose the Privacy tab.
  4. Click Scan.
  5. Choose “Application Permissions.”
  6. Check the current permissions and make changes.

That’s it! All permissions are in one place, easy to view and manage. 

Please note that you can control app permissions only on macOS Catalina. 


Once you’ve checked your permissions, feel free to try other CleanMyMac’s features. It has a lot to offer: tools for speeding up the system, verifying your Mac for viruses and malware, finding space hoggers, and much more.

Tip: 

Run a Smart Scan to clean, speed up, and check your Mac for malware in just a click.


We hope this article will be useful, and you’ll keep your private data safe and untouched. 

Stay tuned!

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