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

You can control which sites are allowed to use the mic and camera

You can use Google Chrome to control which websites have access to your webcam and microphone. For example, you can allow YouTube to use your computer's mic while blocking Skype from doing the same. The same goes for your computer's camera. When you allow or block a website from accessing the webcam or microphone, Chrome stores that website in a setting that you can change whenever you'd like.

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

Chrome Camera and Mic Settings

If you want to block a website from accessing your mic or camera, or if you want to allow a website to access them, you can do so under Chrome's settings menu.

  1. Open Chrome and select the Chrome menu, represented by three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

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

    Settings submenu in Chrome

    You can use a keyboard shortcut to access the Settings menu. On a Windows device, press Alt+F or Alt+E or F10. On a mac, press Cmd + comma.

  3. Scroll down and select Advanced.

    Advanced settings link in Chrome
  4. Under the Privacy and security section, select Site settings.

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

    Camera and Microphone settings in Chrome

More Options for Site Settings

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, then 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, which will direct Chrome to forget your permission setting 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. Only then will the site appear in the Site Settings menu.

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 permission the next time the site requests access to either 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.

The same idea is true for 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 grant permission without asking each time.