How to Enable Webcam in Mozilla Firefox 

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From Firefox, you can enable or block sites from accessing the camera and microphone of any of your devices.

There are several different ways to enable or block webcam and microphone permissions depending on the device you're using.

How to enable webcam on Mozilla Firefox, select and switch your mic and webcam test settings in the browser. This article outlines each method below.

Enable webcam in Mozilla Firefox

Open Chrome and select the Chrome menu, represented by three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

Scroll down to Privacy and Security, select Site Settings.

Select either Camera or Microphone to access either setting.

Select the website you want to allow Camera and Microphone access to: medbridgeeducation Under Permissions make sure that your Camera and Microphone are set to Allow.

Camera/Mic Enablement: Mozilla Firefox

Open Firefox and select the Firefox menu, represented by three horizontal lines in the top-right corner.

Select Preferences.

Select Privacy and Security.

Scroll down to Permissions.To enable your camera, select Camera. Confirm that the camera setting is set to Allow.

To enable your microphone, select Microphone. Confirm that the microphone setting is set to Allow.

Allowing selecting and switching your mic & camera settings in the browser

Browser settings

Microphone and web camera defaults can be assigned within individual browsers. 

(A) How to Change a Site’s Permissions in Chrome

There are basically two ways to manage the permissions for microphone and webcam to a site: from the Omnibox or inside Chrome’s settings.

(i) Change a Site’s Permissions From the Omnibox (Address Bar)

This method works when you’ve already set the permissions for the microphone or camera and want to change them while visiting that particular site.

Go to the website for which you want to change the permissions and click the lock icon on the leftmost side of the Omnibox.

From the menu that appears, click either the microphone or camera, then from the drop-down menu, select “Allow” or “Block,” then click the X to save your changes.

After saving your decision, you will have to reload the page for the changes to take effect.

(ii) How to View Permissions From Chrome Settings

The best way is to copy and paste these links in your web address (URL) area:

Site settings: chrome://settings/content

Mic: chrome://settings/content/microphone

Cam: chrome://settings/content/camera

Within Chrome's settings, you can manage the default mic and camera, while also allowing or blocking specific websites access to your microphone or camera.

(B) How to Change a Site’s Permissions in Firefox

For Firefox, copy and paste this link about: preferences, then scroll down to the Permissions section and click Settings.

There you can choose which websites to allow access to your microphone and camera.

To choose or switch your microphone or camera in Firefox, you'll need to go into your virtual event page or meeting room.

From there, click on the Mic or Camera icon that's just to the left of your URL address, and choose your microphone and camera from the dropdown menu. 

(C) How to Change a Site’s Permissions in Safari

Operating system settings for Webcam in Mozilla Firefox 

(A) MacOS

On older macOS, there are no system-level controls for webcams, and instead, MacOS will default to the settings at the application (Zoom) or browser level.

However, if your mic selection isn't saving, there is a system-level control of your mic.

You can access this by clicking on the Apple in the top left corner of the screen and selecting System Preferences.

From here, click on Sound and then select the Input tab. This area will list all input devices that are available, and you can set the default as necessary.

Unlike the microphone settings, there isn't a specific area to choose or change your default camera. 

If you are using Mojave (10.14) and above, Mac has added system-level privacy settings and permissions.

So if you’re having an issue getting your camera or microphone working after upgrading to Mojave, it could be related to some of the new security and privacy features.

One of the updated privacy features requires applications to request permission to access your camera or microphone. 

To check these settings:

  • Click on the Apple Menu

  • Go to System Preferences

  • Go to the Security & Privacy section

  • In the left column, you’ll find a section for Camera and Microphone. Click on the device you need to allow permissions to

  • In the right column, find the app that isn’t working and check the box next to it to allow it

You may need to restart the app to allow the changes

(B) Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can set a default Mic, but there are also system-level permissions to allow applications to access your microphone and camera.

For both, open up your system settings by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the Settings gear.

From the Windows Settings page, choose System. Within System, you can click on Sound or Search for Microphone or Camera.

Within these settings, you can adjust both the default devices and privacy settings. Type in the search area or click Sound, Microphone, or Camera.

Microphone Settings and Permissions

You can adjust your microphone settings within Sound. You can adjust privacy settings within microphone privacy settings; Microphone.

Camera Settings and Permissions

Similar to microphone settings, you can search for Cam or Camera, then choose Camera or Camera privacy settings.

Unlike the microphone settings, there isn't a specific area to choose or change your default camera. 

Allow Access to Your Camera in Firefox

If your camera and microphone are blocked in Firefox, there are a few steps you'll need to take in order to re-enable them for use on a call:

How to re-enable the camera and microphone on desktop/laptop

  • Select the lock icon located on the right side of your search bar.

  • Click both Xs to Clear this permission and ask again. 

  • Refresh the browser tab. 

  • When prompted, ensure you're using the correct camera and microphone inputs, and select Allow. 

If your camera still won't turn on in Firefox

1. Select the menu icon in the upper right corner.

2. Go to Preferences or Options. 

3. Scroll down to Privacy & Security. 

4. In your Camera & Microphone settings, ensure that Doxy. I am set to Allow.

5. Restart Firefox

FAQ: (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How do I enable my camera on Firefox?

Changing camera permissions

  • In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. ...

  • Click Privacy & Security from the left menu.

  • Scroll down to the Permissions section.

  • Click the Settings

  • Use the Allow/Block selector to change permission for the website.

2. How do I change my camera settings on Firefox?

To choose or switch your microphone or camera in Firefox, you'll need to go into your webinar or meeting room.

From there, click on the Mic or Camera icon that's just to the left of your URL address, and choose your microphone and camera from the dropdown menu.

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