How do you know if your phone or computer’s webcam is still listening or watching you when the call has ended? We don’t. In the case of Apple’s devices, the company has created indicator lights to show if a device’s microphone or camera is still in use. This is why some Mac users are expressing some concern over the Zoom Mac app.
It looks like even when a call has ended, the app still seems to be accessing their computer’s microphone, potentially listening to the user even though the meeting has ended. The only way to fix this is to quit the app entirely.
This was initially reported back in 2021 and Zoom pushed out an update toward the end of the year that was supposed to have fixed the problem, but users still reported that it persisted. There was another update last month which did fix the issue for some users, but some users on macOS Monterey are claiming that it’s still a problem.
We’re not sure if this is specific to macOS Monterey or if the bug is across the various macOS versions, but for users, it is quite disconcerting. Until this matter is fully fixed, if you still see the microphone or camera indicator on even after the call has ended and you’ve hung up, the best thing to do is just quit the app.
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Updated 18/02/2022 with a statement from a Zoom spokesperson
The Zoom client for macOS 5.9.3, released on January 25, 2022, fixed a bug involving the failure to properly terminate the microphone use post-meeting. Zoom has determined that this bug did not result in audio data being transmitted back to Zoom’s platform. As always, we recommend users make sure their Zoom client is updated to the latest version.