Is Mac Camera not working? Here’s the Solution

The cameras in Mac works unusually good as there are no requirements for configuration. It can be said that they works fantastically, but the camera at times can create problems while accessing it. The situation can be frustrating when the user is trying to access the camera on Mac but consequently receiving the black screen displaying a message saying, “There is no connected camera.” Since the camera in Mac is substantially built, the problem could have occurred due to the disarrangement in the camera configuration. It may look complicated, but sometimes restarting the system can repair or rearrange the files or the software.

It is hard to determine the reason for receiving the black screen with a message, it is crucial to check the hardware or any application related to it. It is advisable to try the camera with other applications like PhotoBooth, iMovie or FaceTime. If the camera is accessible in other applications, then the problem could be within Mac camera app. There are methods for fixing an issue and make your camera workable again. Follow the guide to troubleshoot an inoperative camera:

  1.    Adjust Camera Settings

Adjusting and changing the camera settings is beneficial to determine the configuration of the camera. Usually, built-in cameras have adjustable settings option so you can specify the device you want to use. Ensure to select the built-in camera.

  1.    Force Quit Camera Processes in your System

Rebooting the camera processes can bring appropriate results.

  • AppleCameraAssistant and VDCA Assistant are these processes running in the background when you use Mac built-in camera.
  • To force quit these processes, first, close any application accessing the camera on your Mac.
  • Now, click the Spotlight button and search Terminal.
  • Open Terminal and type sudo killall VDCAssistant.
  • Press Enter to give the command.
  • Type kill AppleCameraAssistant and press Enter.
  • You can force quit through Activity Monitor as well.
  • Open Activity Monitor and search VDCAssistant.
  • Click cross (X) icon from the upper-left toolbar and select Force Quit.
  • Try accessing your Mac Camera.
  1.    Manually Reboot your System

Rebooting the system sometimes work and fixes the problem by itself. But, you must restart your Mac manually.

  • Perform a complete shut down without selecting Restart option.
  • If you shut down the system, it will close all the processes, and a manual restart will fix the disintegrated files.
  1.    Update the Software

If you have an outdated version of an application, then the camera would not support it resulting nonfunctional. Similarly, an older Operating system might not be compatible with the Camera software. In this situation, turn on your security updates which Apple provides with bug fixing ability with each latest version. There are chances that bug interference is creating the camera problems. Resolve it.

The issues in Mac camera are not huge as they look and can be solved with some straightforward steps. But, at times it gets difficult to solve the problem and if it difficult then you must contact your Mac manufacturer.

John Morrison is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, John has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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