Why does the YouTube iOS app want to access my microphone?

I thought it very strange that the YouTube app on my iPad was asking permission to access my microphone.

Does Google want to spy on me?

Is it some sort of auto-volume feature?

Answer: Voice Search

I did some Googling and I couldn't find a straight answer. I did some looking around and realized that the YouTube app, much like other Google apps, has voice search built in. This doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't used for spying on me or something, but I'm not a conspiracy nut and figure that it is what it seems to be.

YouTube App: Microphone Disabled

It would be nice if Apple had a built in option to allow developers to explain why they need to access the microphone or need my location data when the little pop-up appears. It would put people more at ease. Don't get me wrong, having these privacy controls are great; however, it almost makes me more suspect when they pop-up without an explanation.

You can also enable / disable privacy settings in the Settings App

Settings App: Privacy Settings for the Microphone


John's picture

I had the same issue yesterday, I use the you tube app on my iphone relatively regularly and have never had it ask permission to access my microphone. It would kind of make sense for it to be a voice search if, a) it happened every time and b) it happened when you went to search for something not just randomly half an hour into listening to the same music clip. I have repeated the process today and nothing. Just weird, and very suspect especially after today's BBC article "Snowden leaks: GCHQ 'spied on Facebook and YouTube'" Tried googling this and nothing, except for a few guesses.