Publication date: September 27, 2023 17 Apple Mac computers have a built-in webcam that you can use to make video calls with friends and family via the FaceTime application or attend online meetings in various applications, such as: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and video conferencing applications. Others available on MacBook computers. But sometimes, the Mac computer camera can suddenly stop working while using a specific application, and a message appears stating that there is no camera connected. In this case, you can easily fix the problem by following the methods that we will explain below: 1- Close the application and then start it again. : First, you can try closing the application you are working on, then restarting it again. This may help fix any problems or errors that may prevent the MacBook computer camera from working properly. Using more than one Mac camera app at the same time may also cause this issue. You can easily fix this by using the Force Quit option to wrap applications. To access this option, you can click on the Apple menu and then choose Force Quit from the bottom to display the list of active applications and then close them. Topics related to what you are reading now: 2- Updating the application and operating system: Another simple fix for this problem is to update the application and operating system on your MacBook computer to the latest available version. Sometimes, the problem may be with the app and not with the MacBook camera. So, check if the app is updated, and if it is up to date, try removing the app and reinstalling it again. On the other hand, make sure that the macOS operating system on your Mac computer is updated to the latest version. The importance of this is that Apple issues software updates to fix bugs and vulnerabilities that can prevent applications on Mac computers from working properly. Additionally, you can try launching another app that uses your MacBook’s camera, to make sure the camera is working. If it works, the problem is with the app, not the computer’s camera. 3- Give the app permission to access the camera: You may not have given the app in which you want to use the camera permission to access it. So, follow the following steps to allow this app to access your MacBook camera: Click the Apple menu, and choose System Settings. Choose (Privacy & Security) from the sidebar, then click (Camera). A list will appear containing all the applications installed on your MacBook that require access to the camera. From there, turn on the toggle next to the app you want to use the camera in. After granting the application access to the camera, it must be closed, then restarted again in order for it to work properly. 4- Restart the Mac computer: Restarting the Mac computer is one of the simplest ways to fix many simple problems that you may encounter while using the computer, and this may help in fixing the problem of the camera stopping working. To restart your Mac computer, click on the Apple menu, and choose Restart from the bottom. After restarting the computer, launch the application in which you want to use the camera, and make sure that it works. 5- Verify that the camera light appears: To verify that the camera is working properly, launch any application that uses the MacBook camera, such as: FaceTime, then make sure that the camera light is working. If this is not the case, you can check whether your Mac computer detects the camera or not by following these steps: Go to (System Settings), then (General). Click About, then System Report. Choose Camera from the Hardware section in the sidebar on the left side. If you can see the information about the camera model: Model ID and Unique ID on the right, this means that your Mac computer can detect the camera. If you do not see these details, it means that your computer is not detecting the camera.
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