How to Fix macOS Mic or Camera Permissions

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One of the most common questions that my YouTube channel gets in the comments is how to fix issues with microphones and/or cameras not being allowed to be used by apps. Ever since 2015 when Apple introduced System Integrity Protection (SIP for short) in OS X El Capitan, users have been having trouble getting their macOS system to allow them to use various parts of their hardware or software.

The video above aims to try giving some other possible solutions to the issue. Here’s a summary of what’s in the video:

1) Reset NVRAM or PRAM

Shut down your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold these four keys together: Option, Command, P, and R. You can release the keys after about 20 seconds, during which your Mac might appear to restart. Apple Support Doc.

How to reset NVRAM - option command P R

2) Check if SIP – System Integrity Protection – is Disabled

  1. Terminal window: csrutil status
  2. If you get System Integrity Protection status: disabled you have to re-enable it.
  3. Restart your Mac in recovery mode. (Before OS X starts up, hold down Command-R and keep it held down until you see an Apple icon and a progress bar. Release. This boots you into Recovery.)
  4. In Recovery mode, Utilities menu, select Terminal and type:

csrutil enable

csrutil clear

  1. Reboot into normal mode and apps should start asking for permissions.

3) Reset All Permissions for Camera / Microphone:

Make sure you quit all open applications, then

Open up terminal and type:

tccutil reset Camera

tccutil reset Microphone

You can try restarting your Mac just to be safe.

4) Get Rid of Application Support Permissions

Try dragging ~/Library/Application\\ Support/com.apple.TCC to the trash.

Other Videos With Possible Solutions:

I’ve recorded two other videos with possible solutions for this issue:

Apps Mentioned in the Video

  • Terminal

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