Every browser needs permission to use your camera and microphone. Due to privacy and security setup, all the browsers allow to configure camera and microphone access at any time, Samsung Internet is not an exception.
Your browser may use your phone’s camera for video calling purposes and the microphone is used for calling and recording your voice. For instance, if you want to use Google Meet then it is essential to allow the browser to access the camera and microphone features of your phone. However there some sites which I have found suspicious and want to disable camera and microphone access for those websites.
Some websites which care for users’ privacy and security will first ask your permission to access the camera, microphone, or any other feature of the smartphone. Malicious sites won’t seek your permission. So it is a smart decision to disable camera and microphone access on Samsung Internet.
There are not built-in options or settings within the Samsung Internet app to configure these services. However, we can use the native android settings to completely block the Camera and Microphone service to Samsung Internet itself.
Disable Camera and Microphone on Samsung Internet
Unlike Google Chrome and Firefox, Samsung Internet doesn’t offer any in-built function to prevent websites from accessing cameras and microphones. However, you can invoke the camera and microphone of Samsung Internet from the Phone’s Settings app.
Once you invoke the permission, no website will be able to use a camera and microphone. If any malicious website tends to access the camera and microphone without your consent then browsers will prevent them from doing so.
Here are the steps to disable camera and microphone access in Samsung Internet:
- Open the Phone Settings app on your Android smartphone.
- Scroll down and open see the Apps menu tab.
- Search for the Samsung internet within the apps and select it.
- Tap on the App permission menu.
This displays all the permissions allowed for the Samsung Internet browser.
- Tap to open Camera permissions, and switch the radio button to Deny option.
- Similarly, open Microphone permissions and change to Deny option.
This will completely block the Camera and Microphone access permissions for all the sites on Samsung Internet. Now if any website needs the camera or microphone, then you need to re-enable the permissions manually.
Bottom Line: Samsung Internet Camera and Microphone
This is the best way to prevent unauthorized websites from misusing the access of your smartphone’s camera and microphone. No matter how many websites they won’t be able to access the camera and microphone once you have invoked the permissions.
After getting familiar with this feature, I can browse whatever I want without worrying much about privacy and security. Still, the Samsung Internet browser lacks this feature within its Settings menu.
If you’re using the Samsung for QR code scanning and payments, then disabling the Camera can hamper the payment feature support. I wish Samsung comes up with something like whitelisting or blacklisting the website from accessing these services instead of us blocking from the Phone Settings menu.
What are your current settings for the camera and microphone? Have you disabled or enabled the permissions within the Samsung browser?