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Apple Listen Live iPhone feature discovered by British actor Elizabeth Henstridge


Woman spots a VERY controversial iPhone feature that can help people SPY on you – sending thousands into a tailspin

  • British actor Elizabeth Henstridge discovered a controversial iPhone feature
  • The Live Listen app allows you to hear someone speaking up to 15 metres away
  • The feature, accessible through iPhone ear button, is designed as a hearing aid
  • But Ms Henstridge mistook it for a sinister purpose: ‘So we’re all spies now?!’


An actor has sent social media into tailspin after revealing that iPhones can listen to conversations happening up to 15 metres away.

Elizabeth Henstridge, who is best known for starring as Jemma Simmons in the ABC superhero drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H. I. E. L. D, was stunned to discover Apple’s Live Listen feature which allows you to hear someone speaking across a room.

The feature, which is accessible through the iPhone ear button, is designed as a hearing aid tool – but Ms Henstridge mistook it for a sinister purpose.

‘So basically we’re all spies now?!’ she said in a TikTok video about her discovery.

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British actor Elizabeth Henstridge (pictured) discovered a controversial iPhone feature that allows you to listen to conversations up to 15 metres away

The feature can be activated by going to Settings, then Accessibility and selecting Hearing Devices

The feature can be activated by going to Settings, then Accessibility and selecting Hearing Devices

The revelation, which has gone viral, racking up 3.6million views since it was uploaded online on Wednesday, sparked a wave of amusing responses.

‘A whole messy trail of broken marriages and relationships in three, two, one…,’ one person wrote.

A second added: ‘Me trying to figure out how far 15 metres is.’

Meanwhile a third wisely observed: ‘Beforehand you need to decide if you really want to hear what is being said.’

Ms Henstridge (pictured) was stunned to discover Apple's Live Listen feature which allows you to hear someone speaking across a room

Ms Henstridge (pictured) was stunned to discover Apple’s Live Listen feature which allows you to hear someone speaking across a room

According to Apple’s website, the Live Listen feature can help you hear a conversation in a noisy room or hear someone speaking across the room.

The setting turns your iPhone or iPad into a remote microphone that sends sound to your Made for iPhone hearing aid.

If you are metres away from your phone, you can still listen to the sound via wireless headphones or hearing devices, depending on their range.

The feature can be activated by going to Settings, then to Accessibility, and selecting MFI Hearing Devices.

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