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Fix camera and microphone issues during video chats
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, video conferences are skyrocketing. No wonder: Whether in the home office or with friends and family, if social distance is prescribed, it is good to talk to others at least virtually. There are a number of video chat solutions available, but they all have one thing in common: you have to share the camera and microphone of your cell phone, tablet or laptop. One wrong click and the screen stays black and yours is mute. But don't worry: we'll show you how the video conference works.
Problems with video conferences are mostly due to a lack of approvals
I myself belong to the group that has previously considered webcam telephony to be quite useless. But since social contacts were reduced to an absolute minimum due to the wretched pandemic, this attitude has changed. In the family and friends we now rely on the famous Jitsi. It's free, safe, doesn't even need to be installed on a PC or Mac, it works without registration at Google, Microsoft and Co. (for me THE killer feature) and, unlike Zoom or Skype, it is not a data protection nightmare. Fun fact: At the University of Graz (these are the ladies and gentlemen who discovered Specter and Meltdown ;-)) the use of zoom is prohibited for safety reasons.
The best thing about Jitsi is that even those who are absolutely tech-savvy can handle it. With the round 40 people, with whom I have joked around in the past Corona days, there were just two problem cases. Both boiled down to the same videoconferencing problem: One lack of approval, once from the microphone, once from the camera. No wonder: the first time you use the apps, they ask for access rights to the camera and microphone. If you accidentally tap on heredecline, the screen stays black and the microphone remains silent.
But no problem: with just a few clicks you can allow the video chat solution of your choice to access the camera and microphone again - whether with the internal webcam or an external professional solution.
Share webcam and microphone on PC or Mac
So that your browser or the clients of Skype and the like can access your webcam and microphone, you have to allow this of course. EitherWindows as well as macOShave their own data protection mechanisms for this. If a program wants to access the camera or microphone for the first time, you have to allow it. If you do not do this, the setting will be saved. But of course you can correct it!
UnderWindows you open the system settings and navigate to the point privacy–camera or. Data protection - microphone. Here you can allow the programs to use the camera and microphone again.
AtmacOSyou will also find the appropriate options in theSystem settings. Tap heresecurityand allowed left undermicrophoneor.camera the corresponding apps access.
Use an external webcam
The integrated camera can cause problems with modern video chat systems, especially on older notebooks. An admittedly pragmatic solution for this can be the use of an external webcam. A pleasant side effect: even cheap external solutions often offer a better picture than the integrated cameras. Alternatively, you can also try using your smartphone as a webcam.
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- 【Webcam with noise-canceling microphone】 Webcam Built-in improved digital microphones with double noise cancellation and audio processing chip that converts the sound to stereo audio in a purer, clearer and better way, producing a clear and natural sound. It is ideal for video conferencing to get clear sound in noisy environments
- 【Webcam with privacy cover】 With the USB webcam with privacy cover, you can control what your video is showing at any time. This effectively protects your privacy while blocking potential hackers. Just a simple finger movement, you can enjoy a safe surfing life and a dust-proof effect. The webcam does not require any additional drivers or software and works without problems once it has been connected to your PC via the USB 2.0 port.
- 【Simple mounting clamp and auto focus】 Designed for your convenience, the webcam is equipped with a folding clamp that can either stand for work or be attached to the edges of your display. HD autofocus and automatic light correction for razor-sharp images in any scene, even in low light.
- 【Superior Compatibility】 PC Webcam can be widely used with PC, Notebook, Laptop and is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 and above, Linux 2.6.24, Mac OS 10.6, Android 5.1 and other operating systems. It supports many platforms like Skype and Twitch, Youtube, Face Time, XBOX, Twitter etc. plug-and-play, no driver required. 360 ° rotating camera, easy to reach widest video recordings.
Update webcam driver
If it should be the integrated camera, newer drivers can also cause problems with zoom, Jitsi and co. remedy. So check the webcam manufacturer or the laptop manufacturer's homepage to see if there is an update. Alternatively, you can also use theWindows device managerlook for new drivers. You do this as follows:
- Opens the device manager viaRight click on the start menu and selection ofDevice manager.
- Look for yours in the list of devicescamera.
- Click on it with the right mouse button and select the entry in the context menuUpdate driver.
- In the next step select the pointSearch for drivers automatically.
With a little luck, Windows 10 will now find a new driver for your webcam via the online database and install it. In this way, I have been able to provide video and audio for some friends in the video chat over the past few months - it is definitely worth a try.
Allow camera and microphone access in the browser
Do you use tools likeJitsi a chat solution that runs directly in the browser, there is an additional security barrier. Chrome and Firefox allow you to set your own privacy settings for each page - including video conference tabs. If you have problems with the video conference, proceed as follows:
- Click inGoogle Chrome on theLock iconnext to the website url. In the menu that opens, click on the menu next to the camera and microphone and set it upAllow around.
- InFirefox You will see a crossed-out camera and microphone symbol if access is not permitted. Click on these and click on eachX next to the entry. If you reload the page, you can allow the video chat again.
Allow access to camera and microphone on Android
Do you use an app for video chat on Android? This can lead to problems if you accidentally forbid camera access when you start it for the first time. But that can be fixed quickly:
- Open the settings of your Android smartphone and navigate to the pointprivacy.
- Open here theAuthorization manager and tapscamerarespectivelymicrophone.
- Find the video chat solution that is causing problems in the list of the app and tap on it.
- Now changes the authorization fromdeclineonAllow.
If you restart the app, the problems with the video conference should be over. You can read more about Android permissions here. And as always when it comes to this wretched system, the hint: Itcanbe that the manufacturer of your cell phone tampered with the settings and the option was found elsewhere. If you can't find the appropriate setting, you have to look for better or worse at Mamma Google to see if you can find a solution ...
Allow camera and microphone on iPhone or iPad
Last but not least, iOS and iPadOS also offer individual authorization management for apps. So if you have problems with Skype, Hangouts, Jitsi and Co., proceed as follows:
- Opens theSettings Your iPhone or iPad.
- Scroll down the list on the left until you have found the corresponding chat app and tap on it.
- Now activate access to the camera and microphone for the app by flipping the corresponding switches.
If you restart the corresponding apps, the problems with video chats should be a thing of the past.
What is your video chat solution of choice? Tell us in the comments.
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