Facetime: There is no connected camera – Fix

Mac’s FaceTime camera is useful and quite easy to use, you can even record video with the same camera without any issue. It happens that you experience errors and issues on any device, and Mac is no exception.

When you try to access the Mac FaceTime camera, you could get victimized with ‘There is no connected camera’ with a black screen. Some Mac users gave up and consider it a hardware issue, which is not at all true.

Why Does My Mac Facetime Camera Display ‘there Is No Connected Camera’?

In fact, good thing is that this error is fixable which is not hardware but a software issue. Whether you are using any Mac series like Mac OS X Lion, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, and macOS Catalina, this issue is fixable.

Facetime: There Is No Connected Camera – Fix

In this article, we will show you how to fix ‘There is no connected camera’ with a Mac FaceTime camera. Make sure to follow the article that we have managed to provide you. Without further delay, let’s get started.

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Restart your Mac

A simple restart is a simple thing you can do, this will free some system memory which might help to FaceTime camera forced to start without showing the issue. Here’s how to restart Mac:

Step 1: Click on the Apple icon located at the top left corner of the screen.

Step 2: A drop down menu will appear, click on ‘Restart’.

That’s all, leave your Mac as it is till it turns on again, and check whether if the FaceTime camera error has solved.

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Check Privacy Settings of camera

You need to check whether privacy settings is not blocking your camera for being used. Here’s how to check that:

Step 1: Go to System Preferences.

Step 2: Click on Security & Privacy.

Step 3: Now, click on Privacy Camera, and check the settings.

You may need to edit the list to enable camera for app that you are trying to use.

Using Mac’s Terminal

If rebooting your Mac does not help you to resolve the issue. You can follow this method where we are going to use your Mac’s terminal.

But before performing this method, make sure to close all the applications running in the background, or you can simply kill all apps using Mac’s Activity Monitor. This is because some apps might be using your FaceTime camera.

Step 1: To open Terminal, go to Applications, click on Utilities, and double click on Terminal app.

Step 2: Now, just enter the following commands and press return.

sudo killall VDCAssistant
sudo killall AppleCameraAssistant

Step 3: You might be asked to enter the administrator password to execute the command with superuser privileges as prefixed by sudo.

Step 4: Now, check whether the issue has resolved.

This has worked for many users, and there are high possibilities this fix will work for you too.

This mostly happens when VDCAssistant does not get a chance to get close properly. As a result, the camera get’s stuck by the previous app you have used and shows the message ‘There is no connected camera’ when you try to open the camera on a different app.

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Alternately, you can type the command in one line as mentiond below:

sudo killall AppleCameraAssistant;sudo killall VDCAssistant
Why Does My Mac Facetime Camera Display ‘there Is No Connected Camera’?

and press return. And enter the administrator password if asked.


Now you know how to fix the Mac FaceTime camera that shows the ‘There is no connected camera’ error. You can fix that on your own whenever it encounters back again in the future by referring to the same article.

Just use terminal and type the commands mentioned above, to resolve the issue.

That’s it for now, hope this helps. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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