Google Hangouts is an excellent place for remote meetings and video conferences.
For the most part, you shouldn't have a problem with video calls in Hangouts, but it's possible to encounter an issue occasionally.
"No camera found" is one of the problems people report, and it happens when Google Hangouts doesn't recognize your webcam so be sure to your webcam test first.
We'll address this and some other Google Hangouts video and audio problems Will help you troubleshoot it, so keep reading.
We investigated this particular issue by looking at various user reports and the repair strategies that are commonly being used to fix this particular problem.
As it turns out, several culprits are known to trigger this problem:
If you're looking for a fix that will resolve this issue, this article will provide you with several troubleshooting steps.
Down below, you'll find a collection of verified methods that other users in a similar situation have successfully used to resolve the issue.
All potential fixes featured below are confirmed to be working by at least one user that was affected by this problem.
For the best results, we advise you to follow the methods in the order that they are presented since they are ordered by efficiency and severity.
One of them is bound to resolve the issue regardless of the culprit that's causing it.
Regardless of the browser or the operating system that you're using, keep in mind that Hangouts needs your permission to use your camera.
Maybe you missed the popup or maybe you mistakenly clicked on Block when the pop-up initially appeared.
This is by far the most common issue that will trigger this problem based on user reports and the vast majority of users.
Since the fix is a little different depending on which browser you're using, we broke this guide down into two separate guides – one for Safari, and one for the rest of browsers that have very similar instructions (Chrome, Firefox , Opera).
Feel free to follow whichever guide is appropriate to your current situation.
So if you haven't interacted with the Hangouts prompt until now, look for it in the top-left section of the screen (immediately after you try to open a video call with someone) and click on Allow.
If that prompt no longer appears, chances are you already interacted with the prompt and disabled it by default.
In this case, you can allow camera access to Hangouts by clicking on the blocked-popup icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
After you click the pop-up icon, select the toggle associated with Always allow *URL* to access your camera and microphone.
Then, make sure the right camera is selected before clicking on the Done button.
If you already have some version of the Hangouts plugin, you will be prompted to update via the Update Plugin button.
Then, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation and install the plugin.
Once the plugin has been installed, click on a Video call to initiate a call, then click on Trust to grant Hangouts access to your camera.
If you don't see the option to trust the Hangouts web app, chances are you've canceled this option before. In this case, you need to go to Safari> Preferences> Security and then click/tap on Plug-in Settings.
Then, scroll through the list of plugins and find the Hangouts plugin.
Once you see it, set the toggles associated with Google Talk Plugin and Google Talk Plugin Video Renderer to On (or Allow).
Click Done, then attempt to reconnect by reloading the page. You should now be able to use the camera without issues.
If your camera still doesn't work on Hangouts, move down to the next method below.
If you're having Hangouts camera issues exclusively with Chrome, chances are you are affected by a Chrome-specific issue that has been around for a couple of years now.
Affected users have reported that trying to open a video conversation on Hangouts leads to a “No Camera Found” static page.
Fortunately, the glitch has since been patched, so you should be able to resolve the issue just by updating your browser client to the latest version.
Here's a quick guide on how to do this:
If the issue is still not resolved, move down to the next method below.
If you're having an integrated webcam but you're trying to use an external webcam with Hangouts (or vice versa) chances are the Hangouts app is not configured to use the same device that you're targeting.
This can be rectified easily by adjusting some settings from within the app.
Several affected users have reported that they managed to resolve the issue after accessing the Settings menu of Google Hangouts and making the switch to the correct camera.
Here's a quick guide: