It is undeniable that the iPhone has countless amazing features, but unfortunately, it can also develop a few glitches from time to time.
There will be situations where different types of dots suddenly appear on an iPhone screen; at times, they appear beside certain apps and can seem to pop up very randomly!
One of the most commonly encountered is a blue dot that appears on the top left-hand side corner of the iPhone screen.
There can be a couple of different reasons as to why they might occur, ranging from microphone access being requested and apps being recently updated.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why blue dots and spots can appear on your phone screen- as well as help you get rid of them!
Why Is There A Blue Spot On My iPhone Screen?
Here are some reasons why you may see a blue dot on the top left of your iPhone screen:
Blue Dot With Microphone Icon
If you see a blue dot with a microphone icon on the top left-hand side corner of the screen, then it means that certain apps on your phone are requesting permission to access your microphone.
Although you may not have opened these apps recently, they could still be running in the background. Try closing or disabling all apps, and then check to see if the blue dot disappears.
Alternatively, a blue dot may also be showing if the phone’s Voice Control has remained switched on. In this case, go to “Settings” to turn it off.
Blue Dot For Updated Apps
Another possible reason for a blue dot appearing in the top left of your screen is that some apps on your phone may have recently been updated.
Depending on which iPhone model you are using (as well as the iOS version), the name of the app may or may not appear on the screen.
You can always go to your iPhone notifications menu to check if any apps have been recently updated. Once you have checked the updates, the dot will disappear.
Blue Spots In Other Locations
If there is a blue spot on your iPhone screen (other than in the top left corner) that has appeared randomly and refuses to go away, there can be several reasons behind this.
Firstly, your iPhone screen may simply have developed a glitch.
Many iPhone users have often reported that, at times, their entire screen goes blue (or static-ky) and completely refuses to function.
Blue dots appearing on the screen could be the beginning of a more serious issue, and the best course of action is to take your iPhone to Apple Support to have it fixed.
Try rebooting your phone a couple of times just to be sure that it’s not a temporary error, but if the dot persists or seems to move around randomly then you should definitely seek professional help.
Secondly, if your iPhone has been in recent proximity of excessive radiation it can also affect the screen at times.
In this situation, try not to use the phone for a few days and preferably keep it switched off. In some cases, the blots have been known to disappear.
How Do I Get Rid Of The Blue Dot On My iPhone Screen?
Unfortunately, there is no 100% sure way to eliminate the blue dot on your iPhone screen.
Either it will go away on its own once you have closed the microphone or the apps that have been updated, or it won’t- in which case it might help to seek professional help.
However, here are some of the methods you can try:
- Close all your apps after checking for updates. Click on the apps that have been recently updated, then run them once and close the apps.
- Turn off Microphone access per app.
⠀ ⠀⠀⠀Go to the Settings page of your iPhone and press the “Gear” icon. Then, go to “Privacy“
⠀ ⠀⠀⠀Tap on “Microphone“
⠀ ⠀⠀⠀And select the app/s you want to turn off.
- In the case of a random-dot or spot, try rebooting your phone. Switch it on and off a couple of times and check if the blue dot has disappeared.
Other than that, there is no guaranteed way to make the dots disappear!
If the problem persists and random blue dots keep showing up that affect your phone performance, take it to the Apple store for a proper checkup.
What Are The Other Types Of Dots You Might See On Your iPhone?
You might notice an orange, green, or red dot appearing on the screen in some iPhones.
This usually happens when the microphone is switched on and recording something. You may also notice a green or an orange dot when your phone is recording audio.
On some phones, this can appear as a red dot as well.
Finally, dots may also appear when you are recording a video, but they will typically disappear as soon as the recording is done.
To sum up:
- Blue dots that appear in the top left-hand corner of an iPhone screen is not a major issue by themselves.
- A blue dot will typically show up when your iPhone microphone is requesting permission or when apps have been updated and the phone is alerting you to check them out.
- If random blue spots or blotches appear on the screen (not just in the top left area), it could be due to more serious software or hardware malfunction.
- In these cases, reboot the phone first. If the problem persists, take it to the nearest Apple Service Center and have the screen checked out.
A blue dot on the screen will usually not hinder an iPhone’s performance in any way, but if you do see a correlation between the dot’s appearance and your phone malfunctioning in any way, get professional help ASAP before the phone stops working altogether!
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