8 Ways To Fix Google Meet Camera Failure

Google Meet is a popular video conferencing app. You can use it through the browser or the dedicated mobile application. However, some users reported the Google Meet camera failed error while using the service.

In this article, we explain how to troubleshoot Google Meet not working on Chrome, Edge, and other browsers.

Causes of Google Meet Camera Failed Error

If you encounter the Google Meet camera failed error on a Windows computer, here are some common reasons that can trigger this error:

  • Insufficient permission to access camera or audio device
  • Temporary browser issue conflicting with service.
  • Missing or outdated webcam drivers and other issues.
  • Your webcam is being used by other applications.
  • Misconfigured video settings, such as the default camera in Google Meet.

Luckily, you can resolve this error by changing a few settings in a web browser, Google Meet app, and the system. Before continuing with the troubleshooting steps below, check your system for the following issues:

  • Make sure your camera is working and properly connected to your system. Try launching the Camera app to see if the capture device works.
  • If multiple cameras are connected to the computer, make sure the primary camera is in use.
  • If you’re using the Google Meet app on your phone, make sure you have the latest app installed.

1. Check Google Meet camera permission

When you join a meeting, Google Meet will ask for permission to access your camera. If you block or deny the access request, Google Meet will display a black screen.

To resolve this issue, allow Google Meet to access your camera. Here’s how to do it on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers.

Allow camera from meeting page

When you block Google Meet’s access to your camera, you’ll see a camera icon with a red cross, indicating that access to communication devices is denied.

To solve this problem, click the Camera or microphone icon and select Always allow Google Meet to access your camera. Click on Do. Next, click the Video/Camera icon on the Google Meet screen to to light up the camera.

Allow camera from site settings

If you still see the black screen, try allowing access to the camera from the site settings. Here’s how to do it in your favorite browser.

On Edge Chrome:

  1. Click it Settings and more icon (three dots) and open Settings.
  2. On the Settings page, open the Cookies and site permission tab in the left pane.
  3. In the right pane, scroll down to All permissions.
  4. Click on Camera. Here you should see the camera access for Google Meet URL is blocked.
  5. Click on Wipe off (Trash can icon).
  6. Open Google Meet again. When the camera access prompt appears, click Allow.

On Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the three points and select Settings.
  2. Open the Privacy and Security tab in the left pane.
  3. Open Site Settings.
  4. Scroll down and click Camera.
  5. Then click on Google Meet URLclick the drop-down button for Camera and select Allow.

Now Google Meet should have access to your camera on Chrome.

On Firefox:

Firefox displays the authorization status on the left side of the address bar. Click the Camera icon and select Allow audio and video to allow Google Meet to access your camera.

2. Check if another app is using your camera

Google Meet can’t use your camera or show a video feed if other background apps are accessing your webcam. Check if another video conferencing application such as Skype or TeamViewer is using your camera.

On your laptop, check if your camera light is on. If so, find and close any app using your camera in the background. Once done, join the meeting on Google Meet and click on the camera icon to activate your webcam.

Still can’t get your camera to work? Try changing your camera settings in Windows 10.

3. Restart the browser and check for updates

This is perhaps the most obvious solution, but also the most overlooked. Sometimes temporary issues can conflict with browser functionality. To resolve this issue, manually close all tabs and then relaunch the browser.

Also, check for pending browser updates. Updates usually come with bug fixes and performance improvements.

To update your browser:

  • Chromium: Go to Help > About Google Chrome. Download and install pending updates.
  • Microsoft Edge: Go to Help & Feedback > About Microsoft Edge. Find and install pending updates.
  • firefox: Go to Application menu > Help > About Firefox. If an update is available, download and install it.

4. Set Default Google Meet Camera

Google Meet uses your system’s built-in camera app by default. If you’re using a third-party camera app like Snap Camera or using your phone as a webcam with DroidCam or iVCam, you’ll need to configure Google Meet accordingly. To change the default camera:

  1. Open Google Meet on your browser.
  2. Click it Gear icon (upper right corner) to open the settings.
  3. Open the Video tongue.
  4. Click on default camera and choose your preferred camera option.

You have now changed Google Meet’s default camera. Join a meeting and check the improvements.

5. Perform a webcam driver rollback

You can use Driver Rollback to reinstall the previously installed driver if problems occur after installing a driver update. Whenever possible, Windows saves a copy of device drivers in case you need to restore.

Follow these steps to perform a webcam driver rollback using Device Manager:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OKAY open Device Manager.
  3. In Device Manager, expand the Cameras section.
  4. Right click on your webcam device and select Properties.
  5. In the Properties dialog box, open the Driver tongue.
  6. Next, click the Roll Back Driver button and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restore.
  7. Finally, restart your PC to save the changes and check for any improvements.

If the Rollback Driver button is greyed out, it means that no previous driver is available and you may need to update the driver.

6. Update webcam drivers

Outdated webcam drivers can cause your camera to malfunction or malfunction. Installing the latest drivers for your webcam may help resolve this issue. To update webcam drivers:

  1. press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  2. Type dvmgmt.msc and click OKAY to open Device Manager.
  3. Expand the Category Cameras. Check if there is a yellow exclamation point on your webcam.
  4. Right click on your webcam device driver and choose Update drivers.
  5. Select Automatically search for drivers option. Wait for Windows to scan and install available drivers.

Once the player is installed, restart your PC to apply the changes. Open Google Meet and check if the camera failed error is resolved.

Chrome flags are experimental features available to tinkerers and developers. MediaFoundation Video Capture is a Chrome flag and multimedia framework developed by Microsoft.

Apparently, on browsers with the MediaFoundation flag enabled, the Google Meet camera does not work. Check your browser and disable it to fix the problem.

To disable MediaFoundation Video Capture:

  1. Copy/paste the following into the address bar of Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browser and press Enter.
  2. In the drop-down menu for Video capture from MediaFoundationselect Disabled.
  3. Restart your browser and check for improvements.

8. Check your antivirus to block access

Some antiviruses with web protection features may automatically block access to the camera from unauthorized or third-party sources. Check your antivirus program for web protection.

For example, in Kaspersky antivirus, go to Settings > Protection > Web Protection. Click on Block webcam access for all apps and uncheck the option. A pop-up window with a list of blocked apps will appear. Remove your browser from the list. Additionally, temporarily disabling your antivirus can help you determine if the problem is caused by your security program.

Also, as a workaround, try accessing Google Meet from another browser. Browser-related issues may require a fix from the developer, which may take some time.

Fix Google Meet Camera Failed Error

Your camera or audio not working on Google Meet meetings can be annoying. Fortunately, in most cases giving Google Meet access to your camera will fix the problem.

That said, if the problem persists, Google Meet has some great alternatives, Zoom being one of them. So, you are no longer confined to limited web conferencing options with unreliable services.

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