How Do I Turn My Video Camera on My Mac?

If you’re using a Mac device and need to turn on the video camera, you’re in luck – the process is quite straightforward. Whether you want to use it for video calls, creating content or anything else that requires a webcam, this tutorial will show you how to turn on your Mac’s built-in camera.

Step 1: Check That Your Camera is Working

Before you begin, make sure that your camera is functioning properly by opening up the “Photo Booth” app. If the camera is working correctly, you should be able to see yourself in the preview window. If not, check your device settings and ensure that the camera is enabled.

Step 2: Launch an App That Uses Your Camera

To turn on your Mac’s video camera, open any app that uses a camera such as Skype or Zoom. Once you’ve launched the app, navigate to its preferences menu and select “Video.”

Here, you’ll see an option to “Enable Video” or something similar. Click this button to activate your camera.


If you’re having trouble finding your app’s preferences menu, look for it in the top menu bar while the app is open.

Step 3: Adjust Your Camera Settings (Optional)

Once your camera is turned on, you can adjust its settings according to your preferences. Most apps have options for adjusting brightness, contrast and other settings directly within their preferences menu. If you want more control over these settings or want to access more advanced features of your Mac’s built-in camera, consider downloading a dedicated third-party app such as OBS Studio or ManyCam.


If you’re using Zoom and don’t see any options for adjusting your camera settings within the app itself, try accessing them through your device settings instead.


Turning on the video camera on your Mac is a quick and easy process that can be done through any app that uses the camera. By following these steps, you’ll be able to get your camera up and running in no time.

Remember to check that your camera is working before launching an app and to adjust your settings as needed. Happy filming!