How to Disable Camera and Microphone in Firefox Computer?

Learn how to enable and disable the camera and microphone permissions for sites on firefox. You should allow the camera and microphone on important sites.

Almost all web browsers offer functionality to allow their users to control how their browser works. If you’re a Firefox user and want to know how to manage camera and microphone permissions, then you are on the right page.

If you’re among those users who never use their camera and microphone then you might not be aware of how to disable them. Hackers can take advantage of these services without our knowledge hence, it is best to disable the camera and microphone to protect your privacy.

Yesterday, my younger sister asked me how to disable the camera and microphone access on her firefox computer browser. She attends online classes and this makes her vulnerable to online theft, to protect her privacy I decided to help her.

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There are different ways to disable the camera and microphone permissions on the Firefox browser. In case you need to enable the camera and microphone for any video call, you can also follow these methods re-enable.

Don’t Allow Camera and Microphone Prompts

Whenever you open a website that requires to access a camera and microphone, Firefox will send you a prompt notification to ask your permission. It is better to disable it for untrustworthy sites.

Follow these steps to Deny the camera and microphone access prompts on Firefox: 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Head to any site (say google hangout) that will request permissions.
  3. A prompt will request your permission to allow the camera and microphone.
    Use Prompts To Disable Camera And Microphone Access In Firefox Computer
  4. Enable the checkbox on the Remember this decision.
  5. Click on the Don’t Allow option.

This will help you block the microphone and camera access so that your privacy is protected. Remember this decision checkbox will permanently deny the request from this particular site.

Manage Permissions using Page Info

Not every website shows a pop-up window to ask your permission to access the camera and microphone. At that time you can use the Page Info window to set explicit permissions for camera and microphone access for a website.

Here are steps to disable the camera and microphone access using the Page Info window: 

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Open any website URL on the browser.
  3. Right-click in a blank area on the page and choose View Page Info.
  4. Use Page Info Window To Disable Camera And Microphone Access In Firefox Computer
  5. Switch to the Permissions tab and scroll down to locate camera and microphone permissions.
  6. Uncheck the Use default check box of camera and microphone.
  7. Mark the checkbox available before Block for both camera and microphone.
    Use Page Info Window To Disable Camera And Microphone Access In Firefox Computer

This will block the microphone and camera access of a website. We can also use the page info window to manage various permissions for specific sites on the browser.

Disable Camera and Microphone in Firefox

Both of the methods we have discussed so far will work for specific sites or single sites. If you want to completely disable the camera and microphone for all websites then you can use Firefox Permissions settings.

Disable Camera Permission in Firefox Computer

Disabling the camera will essentially block the camera service on your browser and will be hidden for all site access. Make sure to disable the camera for protecting your online privacy and misuse.

Follow these steps to disable camera permission using Firefox Options: 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click on Firefox Menu icon to open the menu list.
  3. Choose the Options menu from the list.
  4. Switch to Privacy & Security tab from the left side pane.
  5. Scroll down to the Permissions section and lookup for Camera permissions.
  6. Hit on the Settings… command option.
    Disable Camera Permission In Firefox ComputerThis will display a list of all the websites that have access to the camera.
  7. You can either control the individual sites or block all sites.
    Disable Camera Permission In Firefox Computer
  8. Click on Remove All Websites to clear the list.
  9. Enable the checkbox against Block new requests asking to access your camera.
  10. Finally, hit on Save Changes command button.

This will disable the camera access for all the websites on Firefox.

Please note that this will not allow you to make a video call even on the Zoom, Google meet, or Microsoft teams. If you’re planning to use video conferencing, then just allow those sites and block everything else.

Disable Microphone Permission In Firefox Computer:

The Microphone is an essential service within the browser to pass on audio. Blocking the microphone will block audio cause issues during conference calls. Hence, make sure to allow the necessary sites and block the rest.

Follow these steps to disable microphone access using Firefox menu options: 

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox on the computer.
  2. Click on Firefox Menu icon to open the menu list.
  3. Choose the Options menu from the list.
  4. Switch to Privacy & Security tab from the left side pane.
  5. Scroll down to the Permissions section and lookup for Microphone permissions.
  6. Hit on the Settings… command option.
    Disable Microphone Permission In Firefox ComputerThis will display a list of all the websites that have access to the camera.
  7. Click on Remove All Websites to clear the list.
    Block new requests asking to access your microphone in firefox
  8. Enable the checkbox against Block new requests asking to access your microphone.
  9. Finally, hit on Save Changes command button.

This will block the microphone access for all the websites on the Firefox browser. Just like the camera, the microphone will be also blocked to a video or audio conferencing website. Hence, it’s suggested to allow the needy and block the rest.

Bottom Line: Disable Camera Microphone Firefox

Nowadays most people seem concerned about their privacy. For those people, it is best to block unwanted websites from accessing the camera and microphone. Firefox offers several methods to manage the permissions for the camera and microphone.

We always suggest you not allow any website permissions to access the camera and microphone. Hackers can take benefit of them to gain your personal information. I taught my younger sister how to disable the camera and microphone by all the methods specified above. She was elated.

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If you have any queries, drop in the comments below. Have you disabled your camera and microphone access yet? What are sites that you’ve allowed to access camera and microphone permissions in Firefox?

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