Nowadays, more and more users are thinking about the privacy and security of their personal data. It is for this reason that some owners of Mac computers stick their FaceTime camera with opaque tape. However, this is no longer necessary, because today we will tell you how to completely disable the webcam at the program level. As a result, the design of your Mac will once again take on its original appearance.
You should be aware that the method described below is intended for experienced and advanced users. All operations you perform at your own risk. It should also be remembered that after a software shutdown, the operating system will no longer “see” the webcam, and accordingly it will not work in applications.
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So how do you turn off Mac’s webcam?
In fact, this is fairly easy to do. First of all, we need to disable System Integrity Protection. After the done operations, launch the Terminal application in any convenient way and enter the following commands in order:
sudo chmod ar /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/VDC.plugin
/ Contents / MacOS / VDC
sudo chmod ar /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework/Versions/
A / Resources / AVC.plugin / Contents / MacOS / AVC
sudo chmod ar /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/
sudo chmod ar /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
sudo chmod ar /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/FCP-DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
After that, you need to restart your Mac. Now when you try to use a webcam, the following window will be displayed:
This means that we did everything right and the FaceTime camera was successfully deactivated.
How to re-activate the camera FaceTime?
Run the application “Terminal” in any convenient way and enter the following commands in turn:
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
sudo chmod a + r /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/
sudo chmod a + r /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
sudo chmod a + r /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/FCP-DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
Reboot our Mac. After that, the FaceTime webcam will regain its functionality.