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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9 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 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 !

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