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Use your camera & microphone

You can use your camera and microphone for sites in Chrome, like Google Hangouts or Skype. Sometimes, you need to give sites permission first.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Navigate to a site that wants to use your microphone and camera.
  3. In the window that appears, you have a couple of options:
    • Allow: This allows the site to use your camera and microphone. You'll see a notice to confirm this. 
    • Block: This prevents the site from using your camera and microphone. Note: Some sites won't work if you choose this option. For example, you might not be able to join a video conference.
       
Change camera and microphone permissions

You can change which sites can use your camera and microphone:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Under 'Privacy and security', click Content settings.
  5. Click Camera or Microphone.
  6. Turn Ask before accessing on or off.

To change current exceptions or permissions, under 'Block' or 'Allow', add or remove sites.

Note: If you're using a Chrome device at work or school, your network administrator might set camera and microphone settings for you. In that case, you can't change them here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device.

Change Adobe Flash camera and microphone access

If you find a site using Adobe Flash Player, it can also ask to use your microphone and camera on Windows, Linux and Chrome OS. You have the option to manage these access settings:

  • Allow: Let the site use your camera and microphone at this time. You can also check Remember to let this site use your camera and microphone.
  • Deny: Prevent the site from accessing your camera and microphone. Note: Some sites won't work if you choose this option. For example, you might not be able to join a video conference.
  • Microphone Flash microphone icon: Pick which microphone to use and adjust the volume.
  • Camera Flash camera icon: Pick which camera to use.

Note: If you're using a Chrome device at work or school, your network administrator might make devices access settings for you. In that case, you can't change them here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device.

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