Camera or Microphone Not Working In macOS Mojave Apps

By |2019-01-03T15:28:35-05:00January 4th, 2019|Categories: Mac|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments
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macOS Mojave Camera Microphone Not Working

If you’re having an issue getting your camera or microphone working in certain apps after upgrading your Mac to macOS Mojave, it could be related to some of the new security and privacy features. In previous macOS versions, any application could gain control over these devices with or without you knowing. As a part of the security focus in the latest macOS Mojave, Apple has added some new privacy features that require applications to request permission to access things like your camera or microphone.

How To Get Your Camera And Microphone Working In MacOS Mojave

Luckily, it is an easy fix. As is the case with many new features, sometimes the apps don’t work as expected and the permission request wasn’t made, or maybe someone clicked the Don’t Allow button on accident.

  • Click on the Apple Menu
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Go to the Security & Privacy section
  • In the left column you’ll find a section for Camera and Microphone
    Click on the device you need to allow permissions to
  • In the right column, find the app that isn’t working and check the box next to it to allow it
  • You may need to restart the app to allow the changes

In your System Preferences, you can also go to the Sound section and verify the devices in the Output and Input tabs. You should be able to test the devices from here as well. If the devices work in this screen but not in your apps, then it is probably the privacy setting that is blocking it.

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  1. Sara April 7, 2019 at 11:30 am - Reply

    This is how it’s usually supposed to work. But Mojave is not letting apps ask permission and no way of adding apps in SysPref – no apps listed
    Any suggestions?

    • Mike Handley June 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Was a solution found for this problem?

  2. Elie M April 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Same issue as Sara here.

  3. Robert Russell April 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I haven’t ran across this issue yet but I will look into it.

  4. teris May 20, 2019 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I am having the same issues here. No apps besides Facetime can access camera. In the setting page, no apps are shown as even requesting permission.

  5. Jason June 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I’m having the exact same issue. Green light flashing. Can’t add apps for them to be given permission

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