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Manage the Camera and Microphone in Chrome on the Computer

Need to disable your computer's camera and microphone access in Google Chrome? Learn how to control and manage permissions for sites requesting its access.

Google Chrome makes every effort to protect the user’s privacy and security. One such feature is disabling camera and microphone access to the websites.

By default, these options are enabled; however, you can choose not to give access to all the sites or limit certain pages from Chrome’s privacy and security settings.

Customize Camera and Microphone access for Chrome browser

In this guide, we have shared the steps to configure the camera and microphone access to sites in Google Chrome on a computer.

Configure the Camera Permission in Chrome on a Computer

All the websites we visit do not require camera permissions. However, the websites where you need the webcams for video calling, like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc., might need camera access. Here are the steps to configure:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome app on your computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3-dots icon menu and select Settings from the list.
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and select the Site settings from the menu.
  4. Choose the Camera option within Site settings.
  5. Switch to the radio button – Do not allow sites to use your Camera.
    Block camera permissions in chrome computer

It will completely block the camera access to all the websites on the browser on any computer device.

If you need camera access to the website, turn off the Blocked toggle. It will allow the websites to request access to the camera; you can either allow or block requests.

Unless you are 100% confident about the website, do not grant permission to the camera. The chrome camera settings provide the blocking feature to help their users be on the safer side!

Configure Microphone Access to Sites in Chrome on the Computer

It is strongly recommended to block microphone access to all the sites. However, if you need access to sites where you perform voice command searches, you can allow those sites.

Here are the steps to configure the microphone access:

  1. Launch Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3-dots icon menu and select Settings menu from the list.
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and select the Site settings from the menu.
  4. Choose the Microphone option within Site settings.
  5. Switch to the radio button – Don’t allow sites to use your Microphone.
    Block Microphone access in chrome computer

It will disable the microphone permission and not ask whether to allow or deny the microphone request for any website in the Chrome browser.

If you enable the option, then sites can request permission to access the microphone, and you can allow or block them based on your needs.

Bottom Line

Google Chrome provides options to control camera and microphone permissions to the websites. It is strongly suggested to block these accesses and grant only when needed and allow trusted sites.

Similarly, you can allow or block a camera and microphone to sites in Chrome on Android. Please be careful while granting the permissions to untrusted sites.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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