Occasionally a website that you are visiting might need to use your camera for something.
Some of the legitimate reasons I have encountered are pharmacies that want an image of your insurance card, or a government website that needs an image of your driver’s license.
But you may not be able to use this functionality if camera permissions aren’t enabled, so you can follow our how to allow Chrome to use camera iPhone guide below and learn how to enable them.
How to Enable Camera Permissions for Chrome on an iPhone 11
- Open Settings.
- Choose Chrome.
- Tap the button next to Camera.
Our how to allow Chrome to use camera iPhone guide continues below with additional information, including pictures of these steps.
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Many of the third-party apps that you download to your iPhone will need access to some of the device’s features.
This could be things like your location or contacts, or it could mean the camera.
If you use the Chrome Web browser and have been unable to use the camera when prompted by a website, then you may be wondering how to enable camera permissions in Chrome on your iPhone.
Some companies have really embraced the functionality offered by smartphones. This can mean that they have integrated important parts of their site experience in a way that can use the camera on your device to take images and instantly upload them to their site.
For example, I recently had to update my insurance information with CVS, and was prompted to take images of the front and back of my insurance card.
However, as Chrome is currently my default Web browser, and I was using it for this task, I discovered that the camera wasn’t able to take these pictures.
Ultimately this occurred because Chrome did not have permission to use my iPhone’s camera.
Fortunately, you can learn how to give Chrome access to your camera so that you can take pictures when prompted by a website.
If you need to use private browsing and aren’t able to, then check out this why can’t I go incognito on my phone guide to see how to fix it.
How to Give Chrome Access to Your iPhone’s Camera (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.3, but will work on other iPhones using the iOS 14 operating system.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Chrome option from the list of apps.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Camera to turn it on.
You will know that Chrome has access to your camera when there is green shading around the button. I have enabled it in the picture below.
Now that you have completed these how to allow Chrome to use camera iPhone steps, you will be able to visit a Web page that wants camera access so that you can take a picture of something.
Alternatively, you can find the Chrome camera setting by going to Settings > Privacy > Camera and enabling the Chrome option.
You can enable or disable this setting whenever you would like. I personally like to keep my camera permissions turned off until I need them.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I allow Chrome to access my camera?
If you are using the Google Chrome Web browser on your iPhone, then you can give it camera permissions by going to Settings > Chrome > then tapping the button next to Camera.
If you are trying to give a website permission to use your camera in the Chrome Web browser on your Windows laptop or desktop computer, then you can click the three dots at the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
You can then click the Privacy and security tab at the left side of the window, then choose the Site settings option.
Finally, you will click the Camera button, then configure the options on that menu. If you don’t want any sites using the camera, then you would select the Don’t allow sites to use your camera option.
How do I allow my browser to access my camera on my iPhone?
Most of the popular Web browsers that you might use on your iPhone, such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, give you the ability to enable camera permissions.
You simply need to open the Settings app, select the browser, then tap the button to the right of Camera to give it permission.
You will know that the browser can access your camera if there is green shading around the button.
How do I prevent websites from being able to access my camera in the Chrome iPhone app?
If you are concerned that a malicious website might use your camera without your permission or knowledge, then you can always open the Settings app, open the Chrome menu, then tap the button to the left of Camera to turn it off.
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