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.
MacOS Catalina Fix Camera Not Working
Apple has just released MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 and according to the changelog, includes a fix for “Resolves an issue where the built-in camera may not be detected when trying to use it after using a video conferencing app“. For those of you who have commented below about the camera no working on MacOS Catalina, please try to update to 10.15.5 and report back if you’re still having the issues.