How to Turn on Camera on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble figuring out how to turn on the camera on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this comprehensive tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to enable your camera and start capturing those precious moments. Let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Check Camera Compatibility

Before we proceed, it’s important to make sure that your Mac is equipped with a built-in camera or an external camera that is compatible with your device. Most newer Mac models come with built-in cameras, but if you are using an older model, you might need to connect an external camera.

Step 2: Launch the Camera App

Now that we have verified camera compatibility, let’s open the Camera app on your Mac. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Launchpad icon in your Dock.
  2. Type “Camera” in the search bar at the top.
  3. Click on the Camera app icon when it appears.

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, you can also press Command + Spacebar, type “Camera,” and then hit Enter.

Step 3: Grant Camera Access

Once you have successfully launched the Camera app, a dialog box will appear asking for permission to access your camera. To grant access:

  • Select “OK” or “Allow” to give permission for the app to use your camera.
  • If you accidentally clicked “Don’t Allow,” don’t worry! You can change this setting later by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Camera and enabling camera access for the Camera app.

Step 4: Test Your Camera

Now it’s time to test your camera and make sure everything is working as expected. Follow these steps:

  1. Position yourself in front of the camera.
  2. Click on the shutter button in the Camera app to capture a photo.
  3. If your Mac has video capabilities, you can also click on the video button to start recording.
  4. Check if the captured photo or video appears correctly on your screen.

If you encounter any issues during this step, double-check your camera connection and repeat Step 3 to ensure proper camera access. If the problem persists, you may need to troubleshoot further or seek assistance from Apple Support.


You have successfully turned on your camera on your Mac! Now you can enjoy capturing photos and videos, video chatting with friends and family, or participating in online meetings with confidence. Remember, whenever you want to use your camera, simply open the Camera app using the steps mentioned in Step 2.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of enabling your Mac’s camera. Now go out there and start capturing those memorable moments!

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