How Do I Turn on Video Camera on MacBook?

Are you having trouble turning on the video camera on your MacBook? Don’t worry, it’s a common problem that can be easily fixed. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to turn on your video camera and ensure it’s functioning properly.

Step 1: Check Your System Preferences

The first thing you need to do is check your system preferences. Click on the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”. From there, click on “Security & Privacy” and then select the “Privacy” tab.

Step 1.1: Camera Access

In the left-hand column, you should see an option for “Camera”. Click on it and make sure that the checkbox next to your web browser or any other app that requires camera access is selected. If it’s not selected, click on the checkbox to enable camera access for that app.2: Microphone Access

While you’re in this section, make sure to also check if microphone access has been granted to all necessary apps. Similarly, select checkboxes next to all apps that require microphone access in order for them to function correctly.

Step 2: Launch Camera App

Once you’ve enabled camera access for your web browser or any other app that requires it, launch the Camera app. You can do this by clicking on Launchpad in your Dock and then searching for “Camera”. Alternatively, you can simply use Spotlight search (Command + Space) and type in “Camera”.

If everything is working correctly, you should now see a live video feed from your MacBook’s camera. If not, proceed with Step 3.

Step 3: Restart Your MacBook

If your camera still isn’t working after enabling camera access and launching the Camera app, try restarting your MacBook. This can sometimes fix any issues that may be preventing the camera from turning on.

Step 4: Contact Apple Support

If none of the above steps work and your camera still isn’t turning on, it’s time to contact Apple Support. They’ll be able to assist you further and help you troubleshoot any hardware or software issues that may be causing the problem.


Turning on the video camera on your MacBook is a simple process that should only take a few minutes. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you should be able to get your camera up and running in no time. If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to contact Apple Support for further assistance.