Allow sites to access your camera and microphone

Sites with media functionality, such as video conferencing, can request access to your camera and microphone. In response to this request, you can take the following actions:

  • Allow: This allows the site to access your camera and microphone at this time and a notification will appear confirming that you’ve granted access. If you select Allow on a "http" URL your preference will not be remembered in future visits. If you select Allow on a "https" URL, your preference will be remembered in future visits.

    You can monitor which site is using your camera and microphone by clicking the camera icon camera icon or microphone icon microphone icon in your Windows system tray or Mac status menu.

  • Deny: This prevents the site from accessing your camera and microphone.

    Some sites may not function properly if you deny access. For example, you may not be able to join a video conference.

Change camera and microphone permissions

You can choose a different default permission setting and manage exceptions in Content settings.

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.
  5. In the "Media" section:
    • Ask when a site requires access to your camera and microphone: Select this option if you want Chrome to alert you whenever a site requests access to your camera and microphone.
    • Do not allow sites to access your camera and microphone: Select this option to automatically deny any site requests to access your camera and microphone.

    Click Manage exceptions to remove previously-granted permissions for specific sites.

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator may set camera and microphone settings for you, in which case you can't change them here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device