Thanks to its uncluttered user interface and no-nonsense approach, Google Meet has comfortably established itself as one of the leading video conferencing solutions.
By integrating with GSuite, Meet offers excellent professional solutions for every need, while also allowing Gmail users to access all their Meet meetings with a single tap / click.
Overall, Meet is one of the most trusted services around. However, that doesn’t make it any less susceptible to rogue bugs. Today we’ll take a look at one of these annoying glitches: we’ll tell you what to do when you get the “Camera Failed” error in Google Meet.
How to fix Google Meet “Camera Failed” error on PC?
While Google Meet on mobile can also be a victim of bugs, it’s the PC version that suffers the most. In this section, we will provide you with all the solutions to permanently eliminate the problem.
Is your webcam connected? Unplug and plug in to be sure.
It’s the most obvious step, of course, but double-checking can’t hurt the process. So before you go ballistic, make sure your webcam is properly connected to your PC and has all the correct drivers.
If it’s plugged in but refuses to show, you’ll need to unplug and re-plug the camera unit first. Then, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the appropriate drivers for the same. Once everything is removed, go to the official Meet website and give it a try.
Restart your browser and PC
If the first tip didn’t work, follow it up with another basic attempt to fix the problem. First, close Google Chrome and reopen. Go to Meet and see if anything changes.
What’s more, you can also restart your PC to shake things up.
Check your site settings
Google Chrome usually does a great job of handling all your needs in Meet. However, its dedicated “Site Settings” can be a bit difficult for some people to follow. To change the site settings for Google Meet, you must first click on the lock icon in the upper left corner and go to “Site Settings”.
Now, click on the drop-down menu next to “Camera” and set it to “Allow”.
See if it resolves your “Camera Failed” error during a meeting.
Update Chrome or use a different browser
Often these problems are related to a specific browser or application. So, it is important to check if the problem was started from the browser only. To do the little troubleshooting, open the Windows Camera application and see if you can get a clear picture.
If the above test is successful, you should check if you are running the latest version of Google Chrome. Chrome notifies users when an update is available. So it won’t be difficult to update your browser to the latest version.
Users have had some luck with Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. Make sure you check them first.
Make sure you are using the correct hardware
When using a PC, especially for years, keeping track of all the components can get a little tricky. It is also not unusual to use multiple webcams over the course of a PC’s life, which can sometimes make things cumbersome. If you mistakenly choose an old webcam as the active camera, you may receive the “Camera Failed” error as it will not be available for the PC to recall.
During a meeting, click the vertical ellipsis button in the lower right corner. Now press “Settings”.
Then, go to the “Video” tab.
Finally, check if the correct camera is selected.
Check if another application is using the camera hardware
Thanks to COVID, we are forced to work from the confines of our home. This phenomenon has directly led to an increase in the number of video conferencing applications we associate with. So, if you’re not careful, multiple applications of this type may require you to use your camera, eventually crashing your entire system.
To avoid this mess, all you need to do is press “Alt + Ctrl + Del” to bring up the Task Manager and terminate other video calling applications that may be running.
Allow apps to use the camera
If you’re on Windows, the system may end up blocking applications from accessing your camera, without even warning you. This is, of course, a privacy feature, but that could spell trouble if you’re not careful.
To make sure Windows isn’t blocking your favorite apps, first press “Windows + i” to open “Settings”. Now go to “Privacy”.
Then, in the left panel, navigate to “Camera” to see the apps that have permission to access the camera hardware. Make sure that both options, “Allow apps to access your camera” and “Allow desktop apps to access your camera”, are turned on.
Even if they are, deactivate and reactivate them to restore the system.
Once you’ve done that, go back to Google Meet and try restarting the meeting. Let’s hope it starts off smoothly.
How to fix the Google Meet “Camera Failed” error on your mobile?
Mobile users, both Android and iOS, have a dedicated Google Meet app to take care of all their needs. Unfortunately, however, the app hasn’t exactly won hearts since it came to prominence.
Many users have reported that this is a bug-ridden mess and the updates only seem to make matters worse. However, despite all the flaws, the app seems to work quite well when it comes to using smartphone cameras.
Since smartphones do not require external camera hardware and drivers to function, the systems are much less error prone. All you have to do is launch the application and your camera should be fine.
Restart your device
Unlikely as it is, your phone could still end up ruining your meetings by throwing a random camera error and freezing. If you run into this unexpected problem, the first thing to do is close the app and restart. If it doesn’t get the desired result, you can always restart your smartphone for a quick fix. Unless something breaks forever, a quick restart should go a long way.
Clear the cache of the Google Meet app
If a simple restart doesn’t stop it, you can also clear the app’s cache and data. This process, of course, would log you out of the app, effectively making sure there are no remnants of the previous version of the app left. Clearing data is the closest thing to uninstalling an app without actually uninstalling it.
To clear the cache and clear Google Meet data on Android, first go to Settings, tap “Apps” and locate “Google Meet”.
Now tap on it to open and go to “Storage”.
Finally, press the “Clear data” and “Clear cache” options respectively.