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How to fully disable a webcam on a Mac

25.11.2018 - iMac, MacBook, macOS
How to fully disable a webcam on a Mac

Nowadays more and more people are thinking about privacy and security of their personal data. For this reason, some Mac users stick with the FaceTime camera with opaque tape. However, this is no longer necessary because today we tell you how you can completely disable the webcam software. As a consequence, the design of your Mac re-acquire the original appearance.

You should know that the following method is designed for experienced and advanced users. All operations you perform at your own risk. Also, be aware that after a software turn off the camera, the operating system will no longer “see” FaceTime camera, respectively, to use it in apps does not work.

So, how to disable a webcam on my Mac?

Actually, make it pretty easy. First we need to disable System Integrity Protection (integrity protection). How to do this, we are told in this article. After the operations, run the Terminal application in any convenient way and enter in order the following commands:

sudo chmod a-r /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/VDC.plugin
/Contents/MacOS/VDC

sudo chmod a-r /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework/Versions/
A/Resources/AVC.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AVC

sudo chmod a-r /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/
QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer

sudo chmod a-r /Library/CoreMediaIO/plugins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

sudo chmod a-r /Library/CoreMediaIO/plugins/FCP-DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

After this you need to restart your Mac. Now when I try to use the webcam, you will receive the following window:

How to fully disable a webcam on a Mac

This means that we did everything right, and the FaceTime camera has been successfully deactivated.

How to re-activate the FaceTime camera?

Launch the Terminal application in any suitable way and alternately enter the following command:

sudo chmod a+r /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/VDC.plugin
/Contents/MacOS/VDC

sudo chmod a+r /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework/Versions
/A/Resources/AVC.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AVC

sudo chmod a+r /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/
QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer

sudo chmod a+r /Library/CoreMediaIO/plugins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

sudo chmod a+r /Library/CoreMediaIO/plugins/FCP-DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

Reboot our Mac. Then, the web is the FaceTime camera will regain its functionality.

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