How to Turn On and Enable Webcam in Google Meet Conference Calls

Google Meet is an online video conferencing tool developed by Google that allows users to conduct online meetings and video calls. It has become widely popular for remote work and online learning due to its ease of use, reliability, and integration with other Google services.

Enabling your webcam is essential for video calls in Google Meet. However, you may encounter issues with getting your camera to work properly. This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to turn on and enable your webcam for Google Meet calls.

Prerequisites for Using Webcam in Google Meet

Before joining a Google Meet call, ensure the following:

  • You have a webcam – Most modern laptops, smartphones, and tablets have built-in webcams. For desktop PCs, you may need an external USB webcam. Google Meet works with most webcams.
  • Google Meet has access permissions – When first using Google Meet in a browser, you need to allow access to your microphone and webcam. If you previously blocked access, you can enable it in your browser settings.
  • Latest version of Google Meet – Having the latest version ensures you have access to all features. Google Meet comes pre-installed on Android and iOS devices. For browsers, use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
  • Stable internet connection – For clear audio and video, you need a minimum internet speed of 1.5 – 2 Mbps upload and download speed. Use an Ethernet cable instead of WiFi whenever possible.

How to Turn on Webcam in Google Meet

Follow these simple steps to enable and turn on your webcam before or during a Google Meet call:

On Mobile Devices

For Android and iOS devices, open the Google Meet app and:

  1. Start or join a meeting
  2. Tap on the camera icon at the bottom to turn on your webcam
  3. Select the front or rear camera from the top right corner

On Computers

For Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks:

  1. Open Google Meet in your browser
  2. Click on “Start a new meeting” or enter a meeting code
  3. Allow access to microphone and webcam when prompted
  4. Click on the camera icon at the bottom to turn on your webcam

Troubleshooting Tips

If your webcam does not turn on, try the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Allow camera access in browser or device settings for Google Meet
  • Close other apps using the webcam
  • Check webcam connection if using an external USB camera
  • Change to a different webcam in Google Meet settings
  • Update Google Meet app to latest version
  • Restart your device

How to Enable Webcam Before Joining a Google Meet Call

To save time before joining meetings, you can set up Google Meet to remember your webcam permissions:

On Mobile

  • Open device settings
  • Go to app permissions
  • Allow Google Meet access to use your camera

On Computers

  • Open your browser settings
  • Go to site permissions
  • Allow camera access for Google Meet

This will enable your webcam automatically each time you join a meeting from that browser or device.

Changing Webcam Settings in Google Meet

Customizing your webcam settings can improve video quality and meeting experience. Here are some tips:

  • Change webcam resolution – Lower resolution requires less bandwidth. Raise resolution for better quality.
  • Adjust lighting – Position light source in front of you. Avoid backlight from bright windows.
  • Alter camera angle – Place webcam at eye level. Center yourself in the frame.
  • Use virtual background (only in desktop browser) – Choose custom backgrounds to protect privacy.
  • Enable automatic framing (only in desktop browser) – Automatically centers you in the frame.

To access webcam settings in Google Meet:

  1. Click on the 3-dot “More options” menu
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Go to “Video” section
  4. Pick desired webcam and adjust other settings

Customizing webcam settings each time can be tedious. For convenience, add Google Meet as a browser extension to enable faster access to settings.

Best Practices for Using Webcam in Meetings

Follow these best practices when turning on your webcam for Google Meet calls:

  • Test webcam before meetings to ensure proper functioning
  • Frame yourself properly by centering in view at eye level
  • Adjust lighting to brighten face and reduce glare
  • Be mindful of surroundings to present a professional background
  • Mute microphone when not speaking to avoid background noise
  • Close other programs using the webcam to optimize video quality


Google Meet makes it simple to turn on and customize your webcam for video conferencing. By allowing access permissions, changing webcam settings, and following best practices, you can have seamless video calls. Enabling your camera for meetings facilitates better communication and collaboration.

With remote work becoming a long-term reality, using webcams for online interactions enables building stronger relationships. Using the instructions in this guide, you can have productive Google Meet video conferences.

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