If you’re using Zoom on a Mac, now is the time to make sure it’s updated to version 5.9.3. Zoom has acknowledged a bug that appears to cause the microphone on Macs running macOS Monterey to remain on even after leaving a meeting, first reported by The register (through 9to5Mac†
Users have been complaining about the issue since December, as documented in a post on Zoom’s community forum. Several users have noted that the orange recording indicator light appears in the Control Center when Zoom is not in use – the indicator light is a privacy feature introduced in Monterey that alerts you when an application is using your microphone. This clearly raised privacy concerns, as Zoom had a serious privacy vulnerability on Macs in the past. In 2020, the company was accused of misleading users about offering end-to-end encryption when it wasn’t at the time.
A Zoom representative later commented on the post, saying that Zoom “had a bug related to the Zoom client for macOS, which could cause the orange indicator light to continue to appear after leaving a meeting, call, or webinar.” The rep also noted that updating Zoom to version 5.9.3, which was released in late January, will resolve the issue. Zoom first tried to fix the bug in a December 5.9.1 update, as the release notes state that Zoom “fixed an issue related to the microphone light firing when not in a meeting on macOS Monterey but it seems this solution didn’t. t work for everyone.
†The Zoom client for macOS 5.9.3, released on January 25, 2022, fixed a bug where microphone use could not be properly terminated after the meeting,” Zoom spokesperson Matt Nagel said in an emailed statement. The edge. “Zoom has determined that this bug did not cause audio data to be sent back to the Zoom platform. As always, we recommend that users ensure that their Zoom client is updated to the latest version.
One of my colleagues, Dan Seifert, can confirm that the 5.9.3 update actually fixes the bug – before the update, the orange indicator light appeared in the Control Center and menu bar when Zoom was open (but not being used for a video call) , and the light disappeared shortly after installing the update. You can update Zoom on a Mac by opening the Zoom desktop client, clicking your profile picture in the top-right corner of the window, and selecting “Check for Updates.” Zoom automatically searches for and installs the latest update.