November 22, 2023
2 min read

Google Meet Camera Failed – Easy Fix (2024)

Welcome to the world of webcam woes, where the infamous "Google Meet Camera Failed" message pops up just when you need it the least. Worry not - we have some easy to follow troubleshooting steps you can follow to fix your Google Meet Camera and have it up and running in no time.


Step 1: Check the Basics (A.K.A. The "Duh" Moments)

  1. Is the Camera Plugged In? - Yes, I know, I know, but hear me out! Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most overlooked. Ensure your webcam is properly connected. If it's a built-in camera, make sure the wee cover that sometimes comes with your laptop isn't covering it. Sometimes, this disables the camera completely as an additional security measure.
  2. Restart Google Meet: Sometimes, tech needs a little nap. Close Google Meet and reopen it. Ah, the magic of restarting!

Step 2: The Browser

  1. Update Your Browser: Outdated browsers don't like modern tech. Google Meet is always improving, so make sure your browser is up-to-date.
  2. Permission, Please? - Dive into your browser settings and check if Google Meet has permission to access your camera.

Step 3: The Secret Life of Extensions

  1. Extension Expedition: Some browser extensions act like jealous siblings, hogging all the attention. Disable them temporarily to see if one of them is the camera-hogging culprit. One way you can do this is by running the meet in incognito mode. That gets rid of all of your extensions.

Step 4: Dive into Device Settings

  1. Camera Roll-Call: Head to your device settings. Is the camera enabled and working with other applications? If not, you might need to update your webcam drivers.

Step 5: The Old Reliable Fix - Update and Reboot

  1. Update Everything: Your operating system, your browser, even your cat if you could. Updates are like digital vitamins—necessary for healthy functioning.
  2. The Classic Reboot: When in doubt, reboot. It's the age-old solution for a reason. It gives your computer a chance to catch its breath and start fresh.

Step 6: Calling for Backup - Google Support

  1. Google Support Squad: If all else fails, turn to Google Support - they're usually really helpful when it comes to end-device troubleshooting - here's how to get in touch.
  2. Cobry Support Squad: We have a team that's happy to take you through the steps above, and maybe we'll come up with some other ideas. Let us know! Get in touch!

Wrapping It Up - How to fix Google Meet Camera Failed

Voilà! With these steps, 80% of readers should have been able to fix your Google Meet Camera when not working. And hey, if all else fails, there's always the charmingly retro option of an audio-only call. It's old school, but still cool!

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