How To Restrict Websites To Access Webcam And Microphone

You may have encountered a situation where you open a website and it automatically gains access to your camera, microphone, or maybe even location. This happens when you have previously allowed the website to access that specific device or feature.

Now, whenever you visit this website, it will retain access to anything that you have previously granted. This can potentially raise privacy concerns for many users and is best that you disable the website’s access to your webcam and microphone.

Via Browser Settings

When you open a web application that needs camera or microphone access, the browser will pop up a dialog requesting access. If you accept the request, the browser allows camera and mic permission to this website permanently, until you disable it. 

You need to block camera and microphone access to specific websites to restrict them from using these devices.

Depending on the browser you use, the steps to block camera access might be different. So, we have explained the steps for a few of the popular browsers.

On Google Chrome, Opera, and Brave

  1. Open your web browser, Chrome, Opera, or Brave.
  2. Type chrome://settings/content on the address bar and press Enter. This will redirect you to Site Settings on all three browser.
  3. Under Permissions, click on Camera.|camera permission setting chrome
  4. Under Allowed to use your camera, click on the bin icon to remove a website’s access to your camera.
  5. If you do not want to allow sites to use the camera at all, check Don’t allows sites to use your camera.block camera access chrome
  6. Go back to Site settings and click on Microphone under Permissions.
  7. Again, remove any websites from the list
  8. Check Don’t allow sites to use your microphone.disable microphone on chromedisable microphone on chrome

On Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Type about:preferences#privacy and press Enter to open Browser Privacy.
  3. Scroll down to Permissions.
  4. Click on Settings corresponding to settings block camera access firefox
  5. Here, you can block camera access to any website. You can search for specific websites from the search bar.
  6. Click on Remove All Websites if you completely want to remove camera access on all sites.
  7. Check Block new requests asking to access your camera to restrict browsers from camera requests pop up.block camera access firefox
  8. Once everything is done, click on Save Changes.
  9. Click on Settings corresponding to Microphone.microphone settings block mic access
  10. Here, click on the drop-down menu corresponding to the website and select Block.
  11. Check Block new requests asking to access your microphone and save changes.microphone acces block firefox

On Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. On the top-left of the screen, click on Safari and select safari preference mac os
  3. Go to the Website tab and click on Camera.
  4. On the right side, deny any application from camera access and set When visiting other websites to Deny.disable camera access on safari macos
  5. Similarly, click on Microphone on the left panel and repeat the same steps as above.

On Edge

  1. Type edge://settings/content in the address bar and press Enter. 
  2. Scroll down and click on permission microsoft edge
  3. Under Allow, delete website’s address to remove it from accessing the camera.delete site access from camera
  4. If you want to permanently disable a website from accessing a webcam, disable Ask before accessing.disable camera access site permisiion
  5. Go back and select Microphone.
  6. Under Allow delete a website’s address to remove it from accessing the microphone.
  7. Also, toggle Ask before accessing to off.

Via Operating System Settings

If you are worried about the browser or application accessing the camera and microphone, you can entirely block its access to these devices. Windows and Mac both offer an option to restrict applications from using a device.

On Windows

You can disable microphone and camera access for any application including browsers using these steps. 

  1. Press the Windows + I key. 
  2. Once Settings opens, navigate to Privacy & Security.
  3. Under App permissions, click on Camera.privacy and security camera access
  4. Disable Let desktop apps access your camera.disable camera access desktop
  5. If you want to disable camera access to the entire computer, disable Camera access.disable camera access laptop os
  6. Go back to Privacy & Security, and under App permissions, click on Microphone.
  7. Here, toggle Let desktop apps to access your microphone to off.microphone access windows os

On macOS

  1. Click on the Apple icon on the top left and select System system preference block camera access
  2. Select Security & privacy and security system preference
  3. Click on the Privacy tab.
  4. Click on Click the lock to make changes. Type-in the password to your on lock to make changes macos
  5. Select Camera.
  6. Now, on the right side, uncheck a browser to disable camera access.disable camera access macos for browser
  7. Click on Microphone and disable camera access to the browser you want.

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