Mac camera not working? Ultimate Fix and Troubleshooting Guide 2024

Mac Camera Not Working? Ultimate Fix and Troubleshooting Guide 2024

Diagnose and resolve Mac camera issues with our comprehensive troubleshooting guide and online camera testing tool

Updated on January 14, 2024

Fix Mac Camera Not Working

  1. Restart Your Mac
    • Click on the Apple menu and select "Restart".
    • Wait for your Mac to restart and check if the camera is working.
  2. Check Camera Permissions
    • Go to "System Preferences" > "Security & Privacy" > "Privacy" tab.
    • Select "Camera" from the left sidebar.
    • Make sure the apps you want to use the camera with are checked.
  3. Reset NVRAM and SMC
    • Reset NVRAM:
    • Shut down your Mac.
    • Press the power button and immediately hold down Option + Command + P + R.
    • Hold these keys for about 20 seconds, or until you hear the startup chime a second time.
    • Release the keys and allow your Mac to boot up.
    • Reset SMC:
    • Shut down your Mac.
    • Connect the MagSafe charger to your Mac.
    • Press and hold Shift + Control + Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button.
    • Hold these keys for 10 seconds, then release them.
    • Press the power button to turn on your Mac.
  4. Check for macOS Updates
    • Go to "System Preferences" > "Software Update".
    • Check for available updates and install them if prompted.
  5. Contact Apple Support
    • Visit the Apple Support website:
    • Contact Apple Support via phone or chat.

Mac guides to fix your camera not working

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