Learn How to Find Chrome's Camera and Microphone Settings

How to allow or block websites from using your camera or microphone

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The Google Chrome web browser lets you control which websites have access to your webcam and microphone. When you allow or block a website from accessing either device, Chrome stores that website in a setting that you can later change.

It's important to know where Chrome keeps the camera and mic settings so that you can make changes to them if you need to, like to stop allowing a website from using your camera or to stop blocking a website from letting you use your mic.

Chrome Camera and Mic Settings

Chrome keeps the settings for both the microphone and the camera within the Content settings section:

  1. With Chrome open, click or tap the menu at the top right. It's represented by three horizontally-stacked dots.

    One quick way to get there is to hit Ctrl+Shift+Del and then hit Esc when that window appears. Then, click or tap Content settings and skip down to Step 5.
  2. Choose Settings from the menu.
  3. Scroll all the way down the page and open the Advanced link.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Privacy and security section and choose Content settings.
  5. Choose either Camera or Microphone to access either setting.

For both microphone and webcam settings, you can force Chrome to ask you what to do each time a website requests access to either. If you block or allow a website to use your camera or mic, you can find that list in these settings.

Hit the trash icon next to any website to remove it from the "Block" or "Allow" section in either the camera or microphone section.

More Information on Chrome's Mic and Camera Settings

You cannot manually add a website to either the block or allow list, meaning that you cannot pre-approve or pre-block a website from accessing your webcam or microphone. However, Chrome will, by default, ask you for access each time a website requests your camera or microphone.

Something else you can do within these Chrome settings is completely block all websites from requesting access to your webcam or microphone. This means that Chrome will not ask you for access, and instead just automatically decline all requests.

Do that by toggling off the Ask before accessing (recommended) option.