Google Meet Camera failed – These are the best solutions

How frustrating is it when you try to join a meeting through Google Meet and see the Camera Failed error? If that’s happened to you, don’t worry – we’re here to help you get started.

This article focuses on troubleshooting the most common causes of camera malfunctions. We’ll show you how to grant access to your camera and microphone from your desktop across different operating systems and browsers.

What to check if you see the camera failed in Google Meet

Before we look at your permissions, here are a few things to check:

  • Double check if your camera is connected
  • Make sure no other apps are currently accessing your camera – this can be done in the Task Manager
  • If you have more than one camera installed, make sure the one you want to use is set to active
  • Make sure you’re using the latest version of Google Meet
  • Make sure your camera is turned on just before joining the meeting

How to fix camera failed in Google Meet on Windows 10

To allow Google Meet to access your camera through Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open the Get started menu and select Settings from the list of options. Windows Start Menu
  2. Then click Privacy.
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  3. Now click on Camera on the left side of the menu.
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  4. Then select Change, located under Allow access to the camera on this device.
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  5. Now click the toggle switch to on in front of Camera access for this device.
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  6. Of the Camera settings, enable Allow apps to access your camera.
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  7. Choose which Microsoft apps can access your camera and enable the Google Meet app.

To allow microphone access:

  1. Again, from the Get started menu, select Settings > Privacy.
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  2. On the left side of the menu, click Microphone.
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  3. Select Change in Allow access to the microphone on this device.
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  4. Click the toggle switch to on in front of Microphone access for this device.
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  5. Also from the Microphone Settingsto turn on Allow apps to access your microphone.
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  6. Choose which Microsoft apps can access your microphone and enable the Google Meet app.

How to fix camera failed in Google Meet on Windows 8/8.1

To allow Google Meet to access your camera through Windows 8/8.1, do the following:

  1. Open the charms bar and then click the Search icon.
  2. Then click on the down arrow to change anywhere to Settings.
  3. Now, in the To search bar, type in webcam.
  4. Select from the list of options Webcam Privacy Settings.
  5. Set the slider next to the Google Meet app to on.

To allow microphone access:

  1. Again, open the charms bar and then click the Search icon.
  2. Click the down arrow to change Everywhere in Settings.
  3. Type this time Microphone in the search bar.
  4. Select from the list of options Microphone privacy settings.
  5. Set the slider next to the Google Meet app to On.

How to fix camera failed in Google Meet on Chromebook

To allow Google Meet to access your camera via Chromebook, do the following:

  1. click on Settings in the system tray.
  2. Select now Privacy and security.
  3. Then select Site Settings.
  4. Click on the arrow to the far left of the Camera choice.
  5. Scroll down to below the Block section.
  6. Under Camera, click the down arrow and change the permission to Allow.
    • now appears under the Allow section.

To allow microphone access:

  1. Click again Settings in the system tray.
  2. Select Privacy and security.
  3. Select Site Settings.
  4. Click on the arrow to the far left of the Microphone choice.
  5. Scroll down to below the Block section.
  6. Under Microphone, click the down arrow and change the permission to: Allow.
    • now appears under the Allow section.

How to fix camera failed in Google Meet on MacOS

To allow Google Meet to access your camera through macOS, do the following:

  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
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  2. Then select Security & Privacy > Privacy.
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  3. Click now Camera.
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  4. Allow Google Meet to access your camera by checking the box next to it.

To allow microphone access:

  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
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  2. Select Security & Privacy > Privacy.
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  3. Select Microphone.
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  4. Allow Google Meet to access your microphone by checking the box next to it.

How to fix camera failed in Google Meet in Microsoft Edge

To allow Google Meet to access your camera through Microsoft Edge, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Google Meet.
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  2. Then click on the lock icon next to the link in the address bar.
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  3. Select now Site permissions.
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  4. Then click on the Camera drop-down menu and select Allow from the list of permissions.
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To allow microphone access:

  1. Navigate to . again Google Meet.
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  2. Select the lock icon next to the link in the address bar.
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  3. click on Site permissions.
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  4. Now click on the Microphone drop-down menu and select Allow from the list of permissions.
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How to fix camera failed in Google Meet in Chrome

To allow Google Meet to access your camera from Google Chrome, do the following:

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
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  2. Select in the top right corner More > Settings.
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  3. Now, under Privacy and securityselect Site Settings.
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  4. Next, below rightsselect Camera.
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  5. below Not using your camera select the arrow for .
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  6. Click the drop-down menu for: Camera and change the permissions to Allow.
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To allow microphone access:

  1. Select in the top right corner More > Settings.
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  2. below Privacy and securityselect Site Settings.
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  3. below rightsselect Microphone.
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  4. below Can’t use your microphone select the arrow for .
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  5. Click the drop-down menu for: Microphone and change the permissions to Allow.
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How to fix camera failed in Google Meet in Firefox

To allow Google Meet to access your camera from Firefox, do the following:

  1. Open Firefox, click the menu in the top right corner and select Settings. You can also type about:preferences in the search bar and press Enter.
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  2. Select now Privacy and Security from the menu on the left side of the screen.
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  3. Then, under the rights section, click Settings…. for the Camera choice. The currently allowed or blocked websites are displayed.
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  4. Next, before select Allow from the Allow/Block selector.
  5. Finally click Saving Changes.
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To allow microphone access:

  1. Select Settings from the menu in the top right corner.
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  2. Again, select Privacy and Security from the menu on the left.
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  3. At the rights section, click Settings… for the Microphone choice.
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  4. Next select Allow from the Allow/Block selector.
  5. Then click Saving Changes.
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How to fix camera failed in Google Meet in Safari

To allow Google Meet to access your camera from Safari, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Google Meet.
  2. Click on the Safari option.
  3. Select Preferences > Websites.
  4. below Generalselect on the left Camera.
  5. Click the down arrow next to Google Meet and select Allow.

To allow microphone access:

  1. Navigate to . again Google Meet.
  2. Click on the Safari option.
  3. Select Preferences > Websites.
  4. Then, under General on the left, select Microphone.
  5. Click the down arrow next to Google Meet and select Allow.

Additional FAQs

What is the difference between Google Meet and Google Hangout?

Both are very popular web video conferencing apps, but let’s take a look at some of the differences between them:

• Google Meets is a paid service, while Google Hangouts is free.

• Google Meet allows up to 250 people in a single meeting, while the Google Hangout limit is 150. Only 10 video participants are allowed; therefore the others will have to participate through speech.

• You must be a G Suite user to access Google Meets. Google Hangouts is available to anyone with a Gmail account.

• Google Meets gives you access to a meeting without needing the internet; by dialing the conference number and entering the code. Google Hangouts does not have this feature.

How do I turn on my camera in Google Meet?

Once your camera and microphone permissions are granted:

1. Join a meeting or start a new one yourself.

2. Then, from the call management options at the bottom center of the screen, click the camera icon to the right of the phone icon.

3. The camera icon turns red with a line through it when OFF and only the camera is displayed against a bright background when ON. During meetings, you can switch between: AT/FROM as you wish.

How do I solve the problem that Google Meet can’t join a meeting?

If you’re unable to join a meeting after you’ve made sure to grant permissions to your camera and microphone, consider the following:

• Make sure you are trying to join the meeting using your logged in account, otherwise you will have to ask the host to allow you to join.

• Make sure you’ve been given the correct meeting code, and if you need to enter it manually, double-check that you’ve entered it correctly.

• The host may have removed you from the meeting; you have to consult with them.

• The number of participants in the meeting may have been exceeded; again, contact the host.

Now we see you on Google Meet

Video calling apps have become more and more popular these days as more of us become accustomed to virtual meetings and conferences. Now that you know how to fix the camera error issue, don’t worry about people not being able to see or hear you.

Have you ever had problems with your Google Meet camera failing? If so, how did you solve the problem? Let us know in the comments below.

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