How to manage your camera and microphone permissions with Firefox

From Firefox, you can enable or block sites from accessing any one of your device’s cameras and microphones. There are many different ways to enable or block camera and microphone permissions depending upon the device that you’re using. This article outlines each method below.

Using prompts to allow or block camera and microphone permissions for a site

To use prompts to allow or block camera and microphone permissions for a site that uses these features:

  1. Open Firefox and go to the desired site.
  2. A confirmation pop-up displays asking if you want to share your device’s camera and microphone with that site. Your device’s default camera and microphone is selected from the designated drop-downs.
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  3. Select a different camera and/or microphone if necessary.
  4. Select the Remember this decision checkbox if you want Firefox to remember your selections for this site so that they can be used by default in the future.
  5. Click the Allow button if you want to share these devices with the site.
  6. Click the Don’t Allow button if you don’t want to share these devices with the site.
Please note that you may not be able to use certain features or the site altogether if you block camera and microphone access.

Using the Firefox OptionsPreferences menu to change camera and microphone permissions

Changing camera permissions

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and select Options.Preferences.
  2. Click Privacy & Security from the left menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Permissions section.
  4. Click the Settings… button for the Camera option.
    Firefox displays the websites with saved Allow or Block permission.
    Camera Permission Settings - Options page
  5. Use the Allow/Block selector to change permission for the website. You can remove the site by selecting it from the list and clicking the Remove Website.
  6. Select the Block new requests asking to access your camera checkbox if you do not want to give any other sites access to your camera.
  7. Click the Save Changes button.

Changing microphone permissions

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and select Options.Preferences.
  2. Click Privacy & Security from the left menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Permissions section.
  4. Click the Settings… button for the Microphone option.
    Firefox displays the websites with saved Allow or Block permission.
    Microphone Permission Settings - Options page
  5. Use the Allow/Block selector to change permission for the website. You can remove the site by selecting it from the list and clicking the Remove Website.
  6. Select the Block new requests asking to access your microphone checkbox if you do not want to give any other sites access to your microphone.
  7. Click the Save Changes button.

Using Firefox’s address bar to clear camera or microphone permissions for a site

  1. Click the Site information Site Info button Fx70GreyPadlock icon that displays in the address bar on the left.
    • Any relevant permission statuses for the current site are displayed in the Permissions section of the Site Information drop-down panel.
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  2. Click the X next to Allowed , Allowed Temporarily, Blocked or Blocked Temporarily to clear the status so that Firefox will ask again for permission when you next visit the site.
Note:You can click the gear icon in the Permissions section of the Site Information panel for a website, to access the Permissions section of the OptionsPreferences panel and change your camera and microphone permissions.
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Using Firefox's Page Info dialog to change camera and microphone permissions

If a page does not prompt you for permission, you can use the Permissions panel in Firefox's Page Info window to set a custom permission for the site.

Using Your Android device’s settings menu to change camera and microphone permissions

If you’ve turned off camera or microphone access, you can turn on those permissions by accessing your device Settings > Apps menu. From there you can enable the camera and microphone permissions from the Permissions submenu for the Firefox app.

Using Your iOS device’s settings menu to change camera and microphone permissions

If you’ve turned off camera or microphone access, you can turn on your microphone or camera permissions by accessing the device’s Settings > Privacy menu.

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