Solution “There is No Connected Camera” Error with a Mac FaceTime Camera or Other Apps

Last Updated on Dec 29, 2020

When you have Mac or MacBook, hardly there is a need to download any third-party applications for basic usage whether it’s Video Calling or Browsing on the Internet. FaceTime is the best example of it. Earlier FaceTime was not equipped with potential features, but now with every new update, it is getting stable and enriched with a lot of functions to keep the users busy with FaceTime and of course stopping them from using any other app.

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However, while using FaceTime if it shows There is no connected camera on Mac, it could be a serious issue or just a software glitch. To rule out this, try out we’ve prepared a few workarounds with a positive outcome to such a problem.  Get the answer to what do I do when my Mac says no camera connected, start with restarting the system.

Fix There is No Connected Camera on MacBook FaceTime

1. Restart the Mac

Without rebooting the Mac, MacBook, I wouldn’t let you try any harder solutions to deal with this. Also, by this time, you may have already rebooted the Mac several times, however, if it didn’t fix it for you, jump to the next solution. Otherwise, once again restart the Mac.

Restart Mac

Restart Mac

  • Click on the Apple icon on the top menu bar and select Restart.

2. Force Quit Mac Camera Using Terminal Command

Why does FaceTime on Mac say no Camera available? If there’s an issue with MacBook, Mac Camera, executing the following command could forcefully close the Camera and will restart it. However, before doing it, make sure to close all the applications running on Mac and then proceed with the below steps.

  1. Press Command+Space Bar to launch Spotlight search, from there open Terminal App.
  2. Type the following command, sudo killall VDCAssistant

    Kill VDCAssistant Using Terminal on Mac and MacBook

    Kill VDCAssistant Using Terminal on Mac and MacBook

  3. And press enter. Again enter the following command and press enter. sudo killall AppleCameraAssistant
  4. The Mac will ask you to enter the administrator password to complete the process because the commands followed by sudo needs the administrator’s permission.

    Sudo Killall VCD assistant done

    Sudo Killall VCD assistant done

  5. Now you can check the FaceTime Camera and see if it is working or not.

3. Force Close Face Time and Re-Launch on Mac

In some cases, your Camera is stuck after Kill the VCD assistance using the terminal, at that time Re-launch app is required. Here are the steps for Force close app and Relaunch on Mac.

  1. Click on the Apple Logo from the top Mac Menu > Force Quit…
  2. Select FaceTime and Select Force Quit a button.

    Force Close FaceTime on Mac

    Force Close FaceTime on Mac

  3. That’s it.

4. Force Quit VDC Assistant from Activity Monitor

This is another way to force close the VDC Assistant on the Mac, MacBook.

  1. Launch the Activity Monitor, to do so, press the Command+Space Bar to open Terminal and search Activity Monitor.
  2. Find the VDC Assistant and click on (x) to close it.

5. Verify the Privacy Settings for Camera

Camera Not Accessible on Third-Party App or Browser, then Here are the steps for Remove Camera Restrictions on Mac for the app that you are using it.

It might be possible any third-party application or someone has randomly put the restrictions on the Camera, due to which the camera won’t turn on while using FaceTime or with any other app.

  1. Click on the Apple menu on the top menu bar, and select the System Preferences.
  2. Find the Security & Privacy option.
  3. Click Privacy.

    Allow Camera Access by Third Party App on Mac

    Allow Camera Access by Third Party App on Mac

  4. There go to the Camera, and make sure it is disabled.

6. Reset SMC on Mac

For Mac or MacBook camera not working or not available, follow the stepwise process as per the system.

For M1 Apple Silicon MacBook:

    1. M1 Mac users don’t have to Clear RAM manually, So Just simply restart your Mac.
    2. Go to the Apple Logo from the Top Mac menu > Restart.
    3. That’s it. Your Mac Rebuilt the data just after turn on automatically.

For Notebook Computer with T2 Chip:

    1. Turn off the Mac.
    2. Press the Control+Alt+Shift at the same time for 7 seconds, and then press and hold the Power button, and keep holding all the four keys for 7 seconds.

      Reset SMC ON T2 Chip MacBook

      Reset SMC ON T2 Chip MacBook

    3. Now you can press the Power button to turn it on.

For Notebook Computer with Non-removable Battery

    1. Power off the MacBook.
    2. Press and hold the Control+Alt+Shift and the Power button for 10 seconds.
    3. Now press the Power key to turn the MacBook on.

For Notebook with Removable Battery

    1. Turn off the MacBook.
    2. Remove the battery, if you don’t know how to do it, contact Apple.
    3. Press and hold the power key for 5 seconds.
    4. And after that reinstall the battery.
    5. Turn on the MacBook as usual.

For Mac

    1. Power off the Mac.
    2. Unplug the main power cord.
    3. After 15 seconds, plug the power cord back in.
    4. Again wait for 5 seconds, and power on the Mac.

7. Create Another Account

In this solution, you have to test your Camera on another account on the same mac. So you can easily identify the problem of corrupted macOS. Because new User Account creates a new File system from the root and All the fresh System Files you will get in the new account. If you are an admin or You have admin Rights that you can do it from System Preferences. Here’s more in detail about Create a New Account on Mac.

  1. Go to the Apple Logo from top Mac Menu > System Preferences.

    Click on System Preferences on your Mac top menu bar

    System Preferences on Mac

  2. Next, click on the “Users & Group” option.

    Users & Groups for Mac OS X Yosemite

    Users & Group

  3. Then, Unlock the locked window by click on the Lock icon at the bottom left corner of the screen, Now, Click on Plus “+” Sign to Add a New User.

    Add new user login

    Add new user login

  4. First select Account Type from the Dropdown, Give Account Name, Password & Verify Password.
  5. Then ‘Type Account hint‘ and Click on the “Apply” Button to Create a New Account, Turn off your Mac and Re-Login with New Account. and Check your Camera is Working on not.

Still, are you getting the same error then you have to check and go through the Hardware issues. or Use Third-Party External Camera on Mac.

8. Re-Install MacOS On Mac, MacBook

Re-installation process on Mac will Wipe all the Data, Then Download and Install New Copy of MacOS From the internet. So Backup must be required in Time Machine to Restore All the Data after install MacOS on Mac. to Do it use the below comments to See the macOS Recovery popup and Select Option to Reinstall MacOS to start the installation process.

For M1 Mac

M1 Apple Silicon Recovery Mode

For Intel Mac

  • Use the “Command + Option + R” Key from Keyboard on Startup your Mac, then You will see the option “Reinstall macOS” in the MacOS Recovery window. So, your mac will prepare to install the Latest Upgraded Version of MacOS On Mac, if not installed yet.

    Reinstall MacOS

    Reinstall MacOS

Follow the on-screen instruction to install macOS on the Desired drive.

I hope your problem is fixed, Still have you any difficulties with using the Camera or Access Camera on FaceTime or Other apps. Comment to me in the comment box below.

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [email protected] [OR] [email protected]

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