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Fix for There Is No Connected Camera FaceTime Error In Mac OS X El Capitan

Time required for fix: < 2 minutes

If the camera on your Mac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, or iMac stopped working, this guide is for you. The fix doesn’t even require restarting your computer, but you will need to know the Administrator password on your PC. Ready? 3-2-1-Go.

How to restart the FaceTime Camera in Mac OS X

Terminal command for restarting Macbook Pro built-in camera

  1. Quit all applications that are using the camera (for example Photo Booth, Skype, Google Hangouts webpage, etc).
  2. Open Terminal from Applications > Utilities > Terminal. (How to find the terminal app in OS X.)
  3. At the command line, write the following command: sudo killall VDCAssistant
  4. Hit Enter on your keyboard. If prompted for a password, enter the Administrator password and hit Enter again.
  5. If successful, your screen should look something like the picture on the right.
  6. Open an app that uses the camera, for example Photo Booth. Now everything should be working again!

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22 Responses

  1. saami says:

    no matching processes were found

  2. Andy says:

    Thanks, this worked perfect running 10.11.6!

  3. Lorel Janiszewski says:

    Thanks! Worked for me running 10.10.5 on Dec. 14, 2016.

  4. Marvin says:

    Im getting no No matching processes were found…

  5. Komang says:

    it’s the same thing happening to my Mac, do you get the solution till now ?

  6. Sue says:

    Brilliant! Saved me rebooting everything. I’ve had this problem a number of times when starting a video meeting and for some reason the camera won’t work. Seems to be when I’ve been on Skype then later opened up Zoom.us or another app. I’m going to share this great tip.

  7. Aldo says:

    Thank you so much it worked like a charm
    MBP 2009 with El capitan v.10.11.6
    I had boom 2 (sound enhancer, amplifier software) installed and I think it was causing the problem. so I quitted it and opened the terminal and typed what you said “sudo killall VDCAssistant”
    Thank you bud

  8. Knackered UK says:

    Sierra not El Capitan !!

  9. Liz Bonney says:

    Thanks so much it worked straight away !

  10. Vicky H says:

    wouldn’t let me type password in, looked like tiny lock beside password

  11. Jesse Brown says:

    This has worked quickly and easily for me twice now. Thanks.

  12. Halina Kobryn says:

    Brilliant, worked in 10.12.4, five second fix 🙂

  13. Fred Blog says:

    My fix….. earlier in thread somewhere…. works great for me & my iMac

  14. Gatornator says:

    100% confirm this worked for me.
    running macOS: Sierra version 10.12.4
    on a 13-inch Late 2012 Macbook Pro

  15. Vicky H says:

    command not found

  16. Elzoe says:

    Not working for me, the part with password is frozen and not accepting anything

  17. Gaha says:

    I need a password help please!

  18. Sarah says:

    If you are getting an error saying no matching processes found, you have probably missed the “sudo” at the start (I missed that the first time too).

    Formatting is a little unclear above, you need to type “sudo killall VDCAssistant”

  19. Kenneth Harris says:

    This is not working for me. All I get is “No matching processes were found”. Can someone come up with any other suggestions? I am using the complete command including sudo. Thanks!!!

  20. Daz Ryder says:

    This didn’t work first time (when I was also asked for my password), but when I ran it again (my password was not required this time) the camera came back to life… many thanks as this saved me from having to reboot again!…

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