Google Meet Camera Not Working on Mac, MacBook: Here’s Fixes

🗓️ April 13, 2022 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Google Meet Camera not working in Chrome on Mac, MacBook, is quite a common issue, happens due to software bug most of the times and Wrong Input & Output Camera Configurations. In this tutorial, I’ll show you the best solutions to fix the Mac camera not working Google Hangout and Google Meet, in the easiest way possible. Aside from Mac, several Windows users have reported the same issue, like Camera is working absolutely fine with other applications, but when it comes to Google Meet, Camera is blocked or No Camera Found in Google Meet Error.

Mostly, it happens due to the web browser permitted to access the Camera, Microphone, or other functions. If that’s not an issue, then jump to other solutions and get it resolved.

Mac, MacBook Pro, Air Camera Not Working Google Meet

Internal Mac Camera is Blocked under Screen Time Restriction

Screen Time as a Parental control is enabled for your Mac’s Internal Camera. just check it and remove the camera restrictions, So follow the steps to unblock camera on google meet mac.

  • Apple Logo > System Preferences > Screen Time > Content & Privacy > Apps Tab > Enable the Camera Check box.
Turn on Camera on Mac, MacBook
Turn on Camera on Mac, MacBook

1. Check Google Meet Status

Check Google System Status
Check Google System Status

Before diving into any troubleshooting tricks, it’s recommended to check Google Service Disruption & Outage the Google Meet status [Official Page] See Google Meet Service has no issue, if there’s any server outage or issue from Google’s end, there’s nothing you can do. or Go with Other Google Meet Alternatives for Mac. if it’s okay then troubleshoot and Try your Camera test on one of these video calling applications like Skype, Zoom, FaceTime.. for internal Mic/Camera.

Some Users Get solutions while using External Headset with Microphone.

2. Enable Hardware Acceleration When Available For Meets

Google Browser is optimized for the Battery device to utilize more resource while user’s need. in that some online gaming task, Some online Video services required more System Sources while using through the browser. So, at that time users have to allow this option from the browser settings. Follow the below steps to enable hardware acceleration on chrome. Later on, you can disable it if you don’t like to allow it on your system and Showing the Blue Pixel bar issues on the screen.

This option helps in run Google Meets makes your Browsers unresponsive and freeze.

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Open Google Chrome Browser on Mac, And Enter this line in a browser address bar and go to your Chrome Settings,


Google Chrome System Settings
Google Chrome System Settings


Click on the Three Vertical dots icon at the top right corner of the browser screen, From the Browser Settings menu, click on Settings, And Click to show Advanced settings and Go with System option.

Use hardware acceleration when available
Use hardware acceleration when available

Enable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” toglge to Blue, and Relaunch the Browser and try again.

Still, the Problem is not Fixed then I recommend switching it to another browser, Otherwise you have time to fix it with more troubleshooting techniques then follow the important fixes over here for “Camera & Microphone Working on Mac but Can’t see me or Share your screen as well”.

3. Switch to Another Browser

Users reported the issues with the chrome browser, but surprisingly works amazingly on the Safari & Firefox browser. The time-saving solution is to use the Best Browser for Mac, Macbook. Without lost your Security and Privacy, Keep installed these browsers and Use while you are middle of the ocean.

My Recommendation is over here, but why you let down the Best Google Browser,

4. Force Close Any Other Applications on Mac

Also check, your mac has opened multiple applications in the background that using your System Camera or External Camera. First, Force closes all the applications such as FaceTime, Zoom, or others. Go to the Apple Logo from the top Mac menu > Force Quit… > From the Popup Select the Other App Excluding Google Chrome and Force Close one by one.

Force close running app while Google Meet camera stopped working
Force close running app while Google Meet camera stopped working

Now, Re-Open and Reload The browser that using google Meet service with Camera and microphone.

Still, are you getting the same error, now, you have to check restriction and Camera or Microphone permission within the browser. let’s follow the next two steps.

5. Check Camera Permission for Browser

Without permission, an app can’t use the Camera and Microphone of the Mac. Are you accessing Google Meet via Google Chrome? If yes, then make sure Chrome App is allowed to access the Camera and Microphone, otherwise, you’ll face the Mac camera not working Google Meet kind of issues, with another app too. Here’s how to unblock the mic and camera on Google Meet on Mac. This will fix google meet no camera found on your Apple laptop.

  1. Click on the Apple Logo. Select System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy option. Click Privacy.
  3. Scroll down and select Camera.
Allow Permission to Access Camera, Microphone and Screen Share on Mac
Allow Permission to Access Camera, Microphone and Screen Share on Mac
  • Make sure the Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or any web browser you’re using is checked.
  • Once you allowed permission to the whole browser from your Mac system settings. Also, allow the Permission for Tab that using Your Camera through Browser. Steps are below in the next solution,

    6. Re-Set & Quickly Unblock Google Meet Camera Blocked

    The browser has on Security regarding allow to access your system microphone or Camera while you are visiting or open a webpage in Tabs. In this case, users have to allow permission to Browser for the use Camera. By Default The camera and microphone are Restricted means off. To allow the camera access to a particular tab, follow the below steps. or Reset the old Settings as well if turned off or blocked.

    1. Open Chrome Browser, Click on “More Options” at the Top Right Corner of the screen.
    Open Browser settings on Chrome
    Open Browser settings on Chrome
  • Click on Settings > Privacy and Security from the left side of the window.
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  • Site settings under Privacy and Security
    Site settings under Privacy and Security
  • Site Settings > Camera.
  • Disable the toggle “Blocked“. Now, Open the Google Meet page on Browser, and Start Meetings or Join new Meetings.
  • Block Camera for Chrome Browser
    Block Camera for Chrome Browser
  • You Browser ask to Allow access to Camera for This Tab, Click on the Camera icon and Continue allowing camera, and Click on done.
  • Now, in the Browser Camera settings, “Google Meet URL allows for the used camera at any time“. Your Browser will not ask for next time.

    Always Allow Camera on Chrome browser
    Always Allow Camera on Chrome browser

    7. Camera is Blocked or Can’t find your camera google meet mac

    Google Meet No Camera Found issue
    Google Meet No Camera Found issue

    Some Misconfigurations and intensively blocking of camera hardware creating a problem like this (can’t find your camera google meet mac).

    Double check that, Camera access allowed for Tab in Browser or and Browser as well from Mac System Preferences settings.

    Reset NVRAM or PRAM on Mac [Don’t need to check on M1 Mac]

    Force Close Camera Process Using Terminal, Open Terminal on Mac and Try the Below command to Force close camera process.

    sudo killall appleh13camerad

    Also Check in Safe mode.

    If you are getting No Camera Found Google Meet issues then Diagnose and fix with Mac Camera Not Working or Use One of the best External Camera for Mac.

    Most common problems,

    • Camera damaged or Internet Mac Cabling issues
    • Blocked by your System, Explained in this article, Allow Camera access on Browser
    • Corrupted macOS or Outdated MacOS, Also Update your Browser
    • Change Browser or Disable Extension
    • None of the Different browsers works and Other apps as well, then I recommend checking in different login in the same mac or Reinstall macOS.

    8. Unblock Google Meet Camera blocked Without Move Browser Settings

    Or – Directly Allow Camera for Visited URL on Chrome Browser,

    Quickly Allow Camera Access for Google Meet tab
    Quickly Allow Camera Access for Google Meet tab

    Then “Reload” the page to start accessing the camera on Browser’s Tab,

    Reload Google Meet tab on Browser
    Reload Google Meet tab on Browser

    9. Update Web Browser

    Often the browser policies changes, and to stay up to date with it, you’ll need to keep the Browser App up to date. Usually, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge automatically update without needing any manual interference. However, in some cases, due to a software bug or network issue, the update could be stuck, therefore manually check for the updates on the respective browser.

    To Update Safari,

    Simply update the macOS, Safari along with all the default applications will automatically be updated.

    • Click on the Apple icon > Select System Preferences > Click on Software Update > Click on the Update Now button.

    To Update Google Chrome,

    • Launch the Chrome App > Click on the three-dots icon > Choose Help > About Google Chrome > Wait until Chrome itself installs the update.

    To Update Firefox,

    • Open the Firefox > Click on the three-dots icon > Choose Help (question mark) > About Firefox > Let the Firefox check for the updates and complete it.
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    To Update Microsoft Edge,

    • Go to the Microsoft Edge > Click on the three-dots icon > Select Help and feedback > Click on About Microsoft Edge > Wait for Microsoft Edge to install the latest updates.

    10. Disable Extensions

    Usually, most users forgot to delete the extensions after using them, despite no longer needed. If you’re the one with the same habit, keep note that more extensions will create more load on the app and hence results in this type of bug. Delete the extensions that you don’t need.

    Disable Safari Extensions,

    1. Launch the Safari App.
    2. Click on the Safari on the top menu, and select Preferences.
    3. Select Extensions.
    4. Choose the extensions and start uninstalling.

    Disable Google Chrome Extensions,

    1. Enter chrome://extensions/ in the search bar and hit Enter. Remove the extensions one by one.

    Disable Firefox Extensions,

    1. Open the Firefox.
    2. Click on the three-dots and choose Add-ons.
    3. Select Extensions.
    4. Remove the Extension by clicking on the three dots and Remove.

    Disable Microsoft Edge Extensions,

    1. Enter the edge://extensions/ in the search bar and visit that page.
    2. Delete the extensions that you don’t need anymore.

    11. Turn Off Antivirus and VPN

    VPN and Firewall Protection could block certain functionality if any irregular activities are detected on the system. If you’re using the VPN, then make sure to disable it before using any Google app, because, if it can’t detect your correct location the Meet app won’t work correctly.

    On top of that, the Firewall of Antivirus also does the same, make sure to temporarily disable any Antivirus app if you’ve any and try to use Google Meet.

    1. On your Mac, click on the Apple icon and choose System Preferences.
    2. Choose Security & Privacy.
    3. Select the Firewall tab.
    4. Click on the Lock icon on the lower-left corner.
    5. Enter the administrator password.
    6. Click on Turn Off Firewall.

    12. Turn off & Join On Meet Mobile or iPhone App

    Google Meet mobile does a great job just like Desktop Browser, You can learn or Get the Screen with Face in High-Quality conference.  Even you have a poor Broadband connection or some blocking issues. Turn the Mobile Data on and Start All Video Calling Facility to your Google Meet mobile app is free.

    Here are the great options, You can use headphones for better sound qualities.

    13. Google Meet Screen Recording issues

    Google Meet allows users to Share their Screen during a call. But your External Browser like Chrome only allows users if the Permission is allowed from mac system preferences settings. Let’s turn on Screen Recording Privacy for Google Chrome, or Other Browser if you are using it.

    1. Click on Apple Logo from top Mac menu > System Preferences.
    2. Security & Privacy > Screen Recording > Click on the Lock icon to make changes and Enter your Mac login password.
    Allow Permission to Access Camera, Microphone and Screen Share on Mac
    Allow Permission to Access Camera, Microphone and Screen Share on Mac

    Now, Allow Google Chrome for Screen Recording.
    That’s it.

    Move to Chrome browser Tab, and Start Screen Share of your Mac during Google Meet call on Mac.

    14. Google Meet Camera is Working but Won’t Hear

    A problem like this, here you have to diagnose the microphone has a problem and relevant settings given on your Mac System.

    1. First Check Microphone is in use and Level in up
    2. Allow to Use Microphone in Browser.
    3. New Joining or Chime sound only hear first Five People, Later on for new Joining, you will not hear startup sound or new joining sound.

    Above all are the most helpful fixes on mac Camera stopped on Google Meet or Camera won’t open on Google meed video call.

    Jaysukh Patel
    Jaysukh Patel

    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: [OR]

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