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best way to disable camera and mic on Fire and other android tablets


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#1 Tierra93

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:18 PM

I have an android tablet and 2 Fires (I think they're probably android too).  I wish to disable the cameras and microphones on them without downloading an app. 

 

I heard that you can use tape on the cameras - but not sure which kind of tape would be best for not leaving residue if I want to use the camera in the future. 

 

Not sure how to disable the microphones.

 

Any suggestions - please.

 

Thank you.



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Posted 06 August 2017 - 06:51 PM

on a laptop one can use a postit note. For a tablet possibly putting a piece of camera lens cleaning tissue over the camera and then taping with Scotch Removable tape.

 

For the microphone see this workaround.

 

http://mashable.com/2016/06/22/computer-microphone-hack/#m_FeJSdTxkq7



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Posted 06 August 2017 - 07:14 PM

Thank you - JohnC_21

 

I had already seen the piece on using the plug from ear buds - but they don't fit!

 

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 08:05 PM

Disable camera and microphone in the bios. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=disable+camera+and+microphone+in+bios&t=ffnt&ia=web

How to Disable Your Webcam (and Why You Should). https://www.howtogeek.com/210921/how-to-disable-your-webcam-and-why-you-should/
 

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:16 PM

Hi Crazy Cat,

 

I'm not talking about a desktop or laptop - there is no way to get into the bios with Fire Tablet or the Android Tablet I have.  I really need a way to disable the microphone. 

 

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:30 PM

Hi Crazy Cat,
 
I'm not talking about a desktop or laptop - there is no way to get into the bios with Fire Tablet or the Android Tablet I have.  I really need a way to disable the microphone. 
 
Thank you.


There is a BIOS, whether it's accessible for the device is the question? Look up in the device hardware manual, and see IF there is a sequence of buttons to press in order to access the BIOS.

If the tablet has a microphone input jack, then just connect a male jack, not connected to a microphone, or anything.

Search.

accessing bios on Android Tablet. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=accessing+bios+on+Android+Tablet&t=ffnt&ia=web

accessing bios on Fire Tablet. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=accessing+bios+on+Fire+Tablet&t=ffnt&ia=web


Examples.

Tablet PC - How Do I Access And Navigate The BIOS? http://www.samsung.com/ca/support/skp/faq/1059152

Access to BIOS of Windows RT. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/2a860182-a14e-4eae-aecc-3e2a14297020/access-to-bios-of-windows-rt?forum=w8itprogeneral

How to get setting information before booting Android devices like in BIOS? https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/33660/how-to-get-setting-information-before-booting-android-devices-like-in-bios#34213
 

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:05 PM

:scratchhead: Would this be of any use  :question:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manyera.simplecameradisable&hl=en



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:14 AM

Thank you - violetrose.  Fires don't use the google play store and I don't want to use an app.  I tried that already and it didn't work well and you never know what maybe in the app - many now have malware.

 

Thank you - Crazy Cat.  There is no input for a jack - just a really tiny hole (too small for even a sewing pin) for the microphone that nothing fits into.

 

The link for Fire comes up with windows bio stuff.  Fires don't run windows and I know how to access bios for windows.

 

There are no buttons except to turn on and off and volume.  Nothing in settings on getting to bios.  Nothing in the manuals.  These are small tablets not tablet PC.  They don't run windows.


Edited by Tierra93, 09 August 2017 - 07:16 AM.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:18 AM

Another possibility - parental control  :question:

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/236399/how-to-use-parental-controls-and-child-profiles-on-an-amazon-fire-tablet/



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:42 AM

If you tape over the opening for a condenser microphone you have, for all practical intents and purposes, disabled it and the same is true for the webcam.  Standard black electrical tape works just fine.

 

You can also test out the effectiveness yourself by trying to use the webcam and microphone either together or separately and see for yourself what the results are.  The microphones on tablets are really similar to the microphones used on cell phones or wireless phones, and anyone who's used the "finger over the mouthpiece hole" as a 2-second mute so they could ask someone something they didn't want the caller to hear or needed to yell at the top of their lungs to get someone to the phone knows that this works very well.

 

Getting audio that sounds like the adults in the old Charlie Brown animated cartoons, if that good, is effectively the same as getting no audio at all.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:22 AM

Thank you - violetrose.  I already have parental controls activated and Alexa deactivated.

 

Thank you - britechguy.  I've tried the tape.  But heard that it's not good for microphones.  I've never had any kind of cell phone, so hadn't thought about that but can't keep my finger over the microphone all the time.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:51 PM

Tape is not great for microphone covers on large microphones because it can damage them if they're soft or leave a lot of nasty, sticky residue on the cages and the like if left on for a long time.  It has no negative effect on covering the pin-hole for a condenser mic on a tablet or laptop.  You just peel it off and you're good to go again.

 

If you have a bit of retained tape adhesive a tiny bit of Goo-Gone, Isopropyl Alcohol, or nail polish remover (and for the all of these [particularly nail polish remover], if you ever have to go there, test on an inconspicuous corner first and barely moisten the swab or bit of paper towel you're using) will take it off.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:42 PM

Thank you - britechguy






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