If you’re in an online meeting, chances are you’re using Chrome to access the meeting. Popular video-communication services like Google Meet and Zoom connect you to online meetings through your browser.
Mac users who use Google Chrome might encounter an issue where the browser prevents you from using your camera and microphone. But why is that?
Hello, I’m Andreas, and I use Google Chrome for meetings and online calls. Not the browser itself, but I launch Google Meet and Zoom through Chrome on my Mac.
An issue that can occur is Mac preventing Chrome from accessing your camera and microphone. So you need to find a way to allow Chrome to access your camera and microphone.
Conveniently, I will talk about that in this guide. So, let’s start.
Easy Steps to Allow Chrome to Access Camera and Microphone on Mac
There are two ways to give Chrome permission to access your camera and microphone. I will talk about both.
The first method involves going directly into Google and changing the site permissions. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Launch Chrome and navigate to the three vertical dots in the top right corner. Click on “Settings.”
Step 2: Go to “Privacy and Security” and click on “Site Settings.”
Step 3: Locate “Camera” and “Microphone.” You will need to change the permissions for both separately.
Step 4: You will see a list of options. Select where it says “Default Behaviors,” and make sure that sites ask to use your microphone and camera.
You can go a step further and specify which websites can and cannot use the camera and microphone. If you’re using Google Meet or any other video-conferencing software, add the website to the list.
The next time you go on these platforms, Chrome will ask whether or not it can use your camera and microphone.
The second method involves going into your Mac settings and allowing Chrome access to your camera and microphone. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Launch “System Preferences.”
Step 2: Look for “Security and Privacy.”
Step 3: Click on the “Privacy” tab on the top, and look for “Camera” and “Microphone.” You will need to allow Chrome access to both, so you can repeat the steps once you do it for one of them.
Step 4: Once in “Camera” or “Microphone,” tick the box where it says “Google Chrome.”
Step 5: Save the changes and restart Chrome.
With these changes, you give Chrome permission to access your camera and microphone. It’s as simple as that.
The next time you go online and open Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams through Chrome, you can use your camera and microphone.
That concludes this short guide on how to allow Chrome access to your camera and microphone on Mac. As you can see, the steps are very easy to do, and there are two ways to do it, so choose the one that works most conveniently for you.