Updated: May 18, 2023
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How can I remove microphone icon on my screen?Ventura 13.2

I have tried all recommended ways but still persists.

Short summary:

  1. Try pausing Voice Control and stop it from listening by saying "Go to sleep" or clicking on the Sleep button.
  2. Alternatively, you can manually turn off the microphone by following the previous steps.Open "System Preferences" from the Apple menu.
    Select "Sound" from the preferences window.
    Switch to the "Input" tab.
    Choose "Internal Microphone" from the list.
    Set the input volume to 0 to effectively turn off the microphone.
  3. If you're unsure which application is currently using the microphone, open "Activity Monitor" from the Utilities folder.
  4. In the Activity Monitor window, select the "Audio" tab.
  5. Identify the process listed here that is using the microphone.
  6. Close the application using the microphone to ensure the wake-up microphone icon disappears.

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Thank you so much!

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I cannot do anything from recommended. It looks live and reacting on sounds I produce. Appeared couple of hours ago.

May you tell me what device you using, please?

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MacBook Air 13 model 2020 Ventura 13.2


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Thank you!
The wake-up microphone icon on Mac's screen indicates that the computer's microphone is active and being used. To remove the icon, you can turn off the microphone or close the application that is using it.

  1. You can turn off the microphone by going to "System Preferences" and selecting "Sound".
  2. Then, click on the "Input" tab and select "Internal Microphone" and set the input volume to 0.
  3. If you are not sure which app is using the microphone, you can open "Activity Monitor" and select the "Audio" tab. The process that is using the microphone will be listed here and you can close it.
    Please, notify me if the issue is fixed.
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Level of input to zero did not help. Activity monitor screenshot I am enclosing. What should I switch off?

There is audioclocksyncd process, try to close it, please.

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Does not help

Maybe there is any program that can use a Microphone that you did not use now, please?

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I am not using any program with microphone activity. That is my concerns. It appeared by itself.

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Top answer

Please, try to pause Voice Control and stop it from listening, say “Go to sleep” or click Sleep.

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Huraaa, after several attempts with Voice Control it was switched off and icon dissapeared! Thank you very much for your help

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Who knew saying 'Go to sleep' would pause voice control haha? It actually worked, and the annoying icon is gone!
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I gave it a shot and boom! The wake-up microphone icon vanished!

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