How to Allow (or Block) Camera and Mic Access in Chrome

Use Chrome's settings to control when the mic and camera can be used

Use the Google Chrome web browser to control which websites have access to your webcam and microphone. For example, set up mic access on YouTube, allow your camera to be used on your favorite video chat room, and block Skype from accessing the mic. When you allow or block a website from accessing the webcam or microphone, Chrome stores that website in a setting that you can later change.

Illustration of a person managing their camera microphone settings
 Lifewire / Maddy Price

Chrome Camera and Mic Settings

When you want to stop allowing a website to access your camera, stop blocking a website from letting you use your mic, or block access to your camera or mic from all websites, go to the Chrome settings and make the changes.

  1. Open Chrome, then go to the main menu.

    To use a keyboard shortcut, press Ctrl+Shift+Del, then, when the Clear browsing data window opens, press Esc. Then, select Site settings and go to Step 5.

    Three horizontally stacked dots in upper right corner of Chrome browser
  2. Choose Settings.

    Settings submenu in Chrome
  3. Scroll down and select Advanced.

    Advanced settings link in Chrome
  4. In the Privacy and security section, choose Site settings.

    Site Settings
  5. Choose either Camera or Microphone to access either setting.

    Camera and Microphone settings in Chrome

More Information

If you have multiple microphones or cameras you can choose which one to use as the default device for chrome.

To block all access all the time, toggle the Ask before accessing option to off.

Screenshot of the mic settings in Chrome where you can choose a mic to set up options

You can manually change camera and microphone access for individual websites. Select the arrow icon next to the website, scroll down to Camera or Microphone, and choose whether to Allow or Block that site's access to your device.

Alternatively, you can select the trash icon next to a website and Chrome will forget your permission settings for that site.

You cannot manually add a website to the Site Settings page. You must visit the site, start an application that requires a microphone or camera, then choose whether to provide access. Once you do so the site will appear in Site Settings.

If you remove a website from the block list, it doesn't move it to the allow list and vice versa. Instead, deleting a website from Chrome's list of blocked sites lets you choose to Allow or Block next time the site requests access to your camera or mic. In contrast, if the site is on the list of blocked sites for the camera and you try to use your camera, you won't be asked to use it. It will be blocked automatically without asking.

The same idea is true behind the list of allowed devices. Deleting a site there does not move it into the list of blocked sites. Having it in the allow section will make it work without asking each time.