How to Block MacBook’s Webcam Without Using An External Cover?

Webcams have hampered people’s security and privacy over the years. The caution and tension behind using a webcam are ample to handle hence, many avoid doing so. People refrain from the idea of using a webcam adhering to the news online and offline.

This has led to an age-old tradition of covering the webcam with some external things like different types of tapes, sticky notes, and a few paper-based covers. However, we use our laptops and shut them down by routine, have you ever thought whether these external covers pose a threat of damage to your webcam and your laptop screen?

Yes, external covers can hamper the quality of your webcam glass and your laptop screen over time. The chances are so you might not be able to use your webcam in times of dire needs. Hence, it is advised to not use covers that are not meant for the laptop.

Moreover, a large chunk of people use MacBooks, and covering a MacBook webcam is a complete disaster. Apple laptops are delicate products to use and hampering it with an external cover is not advised by the company.

MacBook webcams are usually known as iSight Cameras. All the MacBook series of MacBook offer the feature of webcam excluding the Mini macs. However, many people confuse the Apple mobile camera (face-time) and the MacBook camera. The resolution and other features differ to a wide range between the two.

Well, if the MacBook cover can be dangerous for the webcam, what are the other ways to cover it?

In this article, we will let you know all the different ways to cover your MacBook webcam without using any external material that can damage the webcam.

Use OverSight 

OverSight is a third-party application devised for MacBook users. It is designed to monitor the use of the webcam and alert the user in case of any security breaches or contamination. The application is well-defined that it can spot any security issues while you are using the webcam by choice.

Many users have appreciated the use of OverSight. Hence, it can be the answer to all your security hassles with the webcam. You can download it from the iOS store as it is available for free.

However, if the idea of some third-party application monitoring the use of your webcam does not suit you then you can opt for the other options.

With Privacy Settings

Most of the MacBook users are not aware of the fact that they can choose and decide which application has access to their webcam. You can select and deselect according to your wish. All the applications that are installed or pre-installed on your MacBook can have access to the webcam only if you allow it.

Many security issues are due to the various applications used by the user. However, now you can change the settings to meet your needs.

You must follow these steps to secure your webcam via privacy settings.

  • Shut all the running applications on the MacBook, you wish to grant access to.
  • Shut all the other apps as well for smooth functioning.
  • Select System Preferences application from the desktop.

If you have a security passcode, enter it to unlock the application.

  • Search for Security and Privacy
  • Select Privacy
  • Click on the camera option
  • The apps that have access to the camera will appear on the right-hand side of the box.
  • You can select or deselect the apps according to your wish.
  • Save the settings
  • Exit the application and check if the camera is working according to the settings

This is a widely opted option to secure your webcam. If any of the deselected apps try to use the webcam, you will be notified immediately.

You can follow the same steps to secure your microphone.

Use Safari 

MacBook upgrade to the macOS High Sierra+ version is eligible for some of the special privacy features. Before you start on these steps you have to make sure your software is updated to the required version.

These steps will disable the access of all external applications to the webcam.

  • Select and open the Safari Menu.
  • System Preferences option.
  • Click on the camera option.
  • All the websites and applications that have access to the webcam will appear on the screen. Choose the options to grant or deny access.
  • Save the settings and close the Safari Menu.

This is one of the easiest steps to curtail security breaches on your MacBook. You can also follow the same steps and choose the microphone to make settings to it according to your wish.

Disable The Webcam 

MacBook also offers the option to disable the camera completely. If some MacBook owners are not avid users of the camera and fear security issues can disable the camera. If you witness any security hassle and are worried about the same, you can use this option until the time you figure out the core issue.

Follow these steps to disable the camera completely.

  • Create a backup for the camera application.
  • Open the Utilities application from the menu
  • Select the Terminal Option

Furthermore, you will have to use one of the below-mentioned commands for disabling the camera.

  • 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
  • udo chmod a-r /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer
  • sudo chmod a-r /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
  • sudo chmod a-r /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-

Close the application and try to use your camera, it will not be available for use. These commands will disable your camera.

If you wish to revert the process and use your camera again, you have to use the commands with a+r. Also, you must disable the SIP in MacOs to use the camera again.


With increasing rates of cybercrimes, you need to be careful while using the webcam. You can use the above-mentioned options to secure your webcam use but if the problem persists you must contact the cyber cell or police for further support.

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