Fix: Google Meet camera not working

Google Meet is Google’s response to an emerging market (largely due to a pandemic) of conference video calling and they made sure to integrate it even in Gmail. However, some users say that they’ll rather stick with Zoom since, for some reason, the Google Meet camera is not working for them. If you are also having a hard time with the Google Meet camera, check the steps we listed below.

Table of contents:

  1. Check app permissions
  2. Clear cache from Google Meet
  3. Reinstall Google Meet
  4. Try desktop version or Gmail

How do I get my camera to work on Google Meet?

1. Check app permissions

It goes without saying, but make sure that the camera isn’t toggled off in the bottom menu. Restarting your phone is also a good idea. Now that we got that out of the way, continue with the steps below.

Now you need to ensure that Google Meet has permission to access the camera on your Android. Users are usually asked to grant permissions the first time they run the app. However, maybe you missed it or the permission is revoked for some reason.

Here’s how to grant camera access to Google Meet on your Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Tap All apps. On some devices, you’ll need to choose App Manager or Manage apps.
  4. Open Google Meet from the list of available apps.
  5. Tap Permissions.
  6. Make sure that the Camera permission is granted.

2. Clear cache from Google Meet

If that doesn’t help and the Google Meet camera is still not working, make sure to clear the local data from the app. You can do this within App settings. Maybe the data corruption of sorts is causing the issue at hand.

Here’s how to clear local data from Google Meet:

  1. Again, open Settings and navigate to Apps > All apps > Google Meet.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Clear Data and restart your device.
  4. Open Google Meet and see if the camera is working or not.

3. Reinstall Google Meet

If the issue persists, you can go for the reinstall. Reinstalling the app automatically updates it and also provides a clean slate. That should address the issue if, of course, the issue is in the app and not in some external factor.

Follow these steps to reinstall Google Meet on Android:

  1. Open Play Store and search for Google Meet.
  2. Expand the app and tap Uninstall.
  3. As the next step, we always recommend restarting your phone.
  4. Navigate once again to Play Store and install Google Meet.
  5. Open Google Meet and grant all permissions.

4. Try desktop version or Gmail

Finally, if none of the previous steps worked for you and the Google Meet camera is still not working, you can try the desktop version or just use the service from Gmail. It might not make a difference but it’s worth a try.

To access the desktop version on your Android, open Google Chrome, tap on the 3-dot menu and select Desktop site. Navigate to Google Meet from the address bar and see if the camera works.

An additional thing you should consider is sending a ticket to the Google Meet team and report the issue. You can do that, here.

That should do it. Thank you for reading and be so kind to share your thoughts, questions, or suggestions with us. The comments section is just below.

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