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How to Disable Camera and Microphone in Chrome Computer?

Permissions are required by most of the sites to operate their functions and services but this does not mean that you need to always allow the sites to access the permissions. Also, the camera and microphone are the delicate parts of the permission, so it is better to keep them off. In order to put the camera and microphone permission off, tap on the three dots at the top right corner of the Chrome Page and open the Privacy and Security option. Now, tap on the Site Settings and then Microphone or Camera. Finally, select the checkbox denying access.

Each website needs certain permissions to execute the job it is meant to do. For example, Google voice search needs permission for a microphone for listening to the voice command. Similarly, a website that compares photos and displays related items needs permission to the storage.

However, it doesn’t mean that all the websites need those permissions. Hence, unless you use these services on a particular website, it’s strongly recommended to block them. Since I am always concerned about my privacy, I keep all these permissions blocked at all times. It keeps me secured always and also saves me from the possible threat of data loss!

By default, Google chrome shares common permissions to all the sites. However, it also has the ability to block permission access for the selected website. In our case, we are going to block the microphone and camera permission for chrome.

Related: How to Block Microphone and Camera Access on Chrome Android?

I’ve also written articles on how to mute the sound and block push notifications for websites. You should definitely check it out.

How to Block Camera Permission in Chrome Computer?

All the websites we visit do not require camera permissions. However, the website where you need the webcams for video calling like, Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc. might need google chrome camera access. Hence we can safely block the camera access to all the other sites. All of that can be accessed under the chrome camera settings.

Here are the steps to block the camera permission for websites within the chrome browser:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click onvertical 3dots iconthe menu for options.
  3. Select Settings from the list.
  4. Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and select the Site settings from the menu.
  5. Choose the Camera option within Site settings.
  6. Tap on the checkbox next to, Do not allow sites to use your Camera. 

Block camera permissions in chrome computer

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

In case, you need camera access to the website, just turn OFF the Blocked toggle. This 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!

How to Block Microphone Access in Chrome Computer?

The google microphone is another feature that is often neglected by users. It is strongly recommended to block microphone access to all the sites. However, if you need access to sites where you perform voice command search, you can just whitelist those sites.

Here are the steps to block the microphone access permission within the chrome browser on any computer:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click on vertical 3dots icon menu for options.
  3. Select Settings from the list.
  4. Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and select the Site settings from the menu.
  5. Choose the Microphone option within Site settings.
  6. Tap to select the checkbox next to, Don’t allow sites to use your Microphone. 

Block Microphone access in chrome computer

This will completely disable the google microphone permission and will 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: Chrome Computer Camera and Microphone

Google chrome provides a variety of options to control the access and permissions for various services. The ability to grant or revoke the camera as well as the google microphone access is very useful. It is strongly suggested to block this access and grant only when needed.

Personally, I do not grant permission to any websites on my chrome browser, and even block these permissions within the mobile apps. It helps me stay on the safer side all the time and makes me feel secure. The google chrome camera settings along with that microphone access are one of the best features offered by google chrome.

Similarly, you can also allow or block a camera and microphone on the chrome android browser. The camera and microphone can be used for illegal access. Please be careful while granting the permissions.

What is your default setting for the camera and microphone for the chrome browser? Have you whitelisted any websites?

FAQs: Block Camera and Microphone Permission in Chrome Computer

How to block Camera Permission in Chrome Computer?

To block the Camera Permission in Chrome Computer, one has to tap on the three dots at the top right corner of the Chrome Page and open the Privacy and Security option. Now, tap on the Site Settings and then Camera. Next, you need to select the checkbox next to the option “Don’t allow the sites to use your Camera”.

How to disable the Microphone permission in Chrome Computer?

To disable the Microphone Permission in Chrome Computer, one has to tap on the three dots at the top right corner of the Chrome Page and open the Privacy and Security option. Now, tap on the Site Settings and then Microphone. Next, you need to select the checkbox next to the option “Don’t allow the sites to use your Microphone”.

Where to view the sites allowed to use my Camera?

To view the list of the sites that are allowed to use the Camera can be viewed by tapping on Settings>Privacy and Security>Site Settings>Camera. Now, scroll down where you will find a list stating Allowed to use your Camera. 

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
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3 thoughts on “How to Disable Camera and Microphone in Chrome Computer?”

  1. WRONG! Google no longer allows you to block access to your webcam or microphone from Chrome (only prevent other sites accessing it). I had to install an AV software to block Chrome from accessing it. It’s a completely underhanded practice by Google. Why I stopped using Chrome.

    1. Editor

      Hi Rob, the Chrome browser act as a gatekeeper between users and the website. We can instruct Chrome to stop giving permissions to the camera or microphone, however, it still has access to these features. But, technically it’s of no use for chrome browser. You can also block Google.com to stop the permissions request.

    2. My camera accessories unlock but then also in omegla it is showing that your camera is blocked what to do

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