Fix iSight Camera Not Working on macOS Monterey/Big Sur/Catalina (2022)

Last Updated on Sep 22, 2021

Mac users assert about an iSight camera on Mac use for fun, Chat, and Video conference. Might be your iSight camera not working on Mac for many reasons. Here I am talking about which types of problems you have because the External camera for Mac is also available that you should buy separately. Here are the most common problems are “iSight Camera not detected“, “Camera not connecting issue on Mac“, “FaceTime not detecting Webcam or iSight camera“, “Not working after iSight Disabler” and solutions respectively.

follow the below steps for best-suited problems related to your iSight or Webcam camera.

Steps: iSight Camera Not Working on MacOS on MacBook Pro/Air, iMac

iSight Camera hardware Problem

  1. Open Finder on MacBook Mac.
  2. The hardware problem is the most dangerous reason that you can’t solve own self without any technical knowledge. Check current iSight camera’s hardware status from Applications > Utilities Folder > System Information > Hardware > USB.
Utility Folder in Mac Application folder
Troubleshoot steps on iSight Not working

Under the USB section Go with “Built-in iSight“. Check there, under USB High-Speed bus iSight camera detected or not. if not just restart your Mac system, Might be some connection problem occurred. 

Software conflict: Cross camera supported application

Force quite or Quite application on Mac

Mac’s iSight camera detects only one app at a time. If you are launched one application like PhotoBooth or trying to access iSight camera on FaceTime video call. That’s not possible. For that, you must close the first app for the switch on to another application. Quite App or Force Quite from Dock (Right Click on the app from dock > Force Quite or Quite). Lest Force Quiet you can also try if any application not responding and quickly shut down without restart device. 

iSight Blocker installed on System

Go to the Finder > Applications > Right Click on iSight Blocker app > Move To Trash.


From System delete source file (AppleScript), Go with /Users/You/Library/Scripts/ and Remove Camera blocker script.

Diagnose and Reset the System To Fix iSight Camera

First Diagnostic your MacBook itself, Follow By Apple support, If Everything is fine then Boot your MacBook Mac in Safe mode, To Put your Mac in safe mode, Press and Hold the Shift key and Power on your Mac. Continuously press the button until you see Safe mode label at the top right corner of the screen, log in with your Mac Login Password, and Check it fixed. If not then Reset Your Mac SMC and Reset Your NVRAM.

Reset System Management controller

System Management controller handles all activity and bridge between software and hardware. You can rest that by press left shift + Control + Power button at once. Wait for reset time then try on PhotoBooth app.

Go with Apple Support

Apple helps support desk always happy to help on your regional store, Go Apple support center in the nearest region, and get the perfect troubleshooting help on any kind of iSight camera not working on Mac, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air.

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