Mac camera not working – How to fix it

Many Mac laptops and desktops come with an in-built camera. Most of th time the camera works just fine, and that’s how it suppose to be. But, when it comes to tech, an issue here and there is a completely normal, even with the camera. If your Mac camera not working, try the solutions listed below.

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Mac camera not working – Ways to fix it

There are several things that you can do to make camera work again. If you own Mac notebook and the camera flashes green, contact Apple.

Before anything else, make sure nothing covers the lens.

Make sure the apps have permission

If you have macOS Mojave or later, you need to make sure that the app has a permission to use the camera. Here is how you can do that:

  • Click on the Apple menu
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Now click Security & Privacy
  • Select the Privacy tab and click Camera
  • You will see the list of apps. Give the apps permission by checking the ones you want.

You may close the app and launch it again to be able to use the camera.

Reboot your Mac

Sometimes, the issue can be resolved with a restart. It will give your Mac a system refreshment and it can fix minor bugs and issues along the way. Click the Apple menu, and then click Restart.

Screen time settings

Perhaps the screen time restrictions are causing the problem. Here is what to do:

  • Click on the Apple menu
  • Now go to System Preferences and click Screen Time
  • Click Content & Privacy and click Apps
  • The checkbox for camera should be selected
  • If it isn’t, enable it.

Update the OS

See if there are OS updates available. The updates bring new features and interesting things, but they also include bug fixes. Here is what you need to do:

  • Click on the Apple menu and go to System Prefernces
  • Click Software Update
  • If there is a new version, click Upgrade Now.

Reset SMC

If nothing seems to be working, you can reset SMC (system management controller). You will find all the steps for that by clicking on this link.