Mac OS

How to grant or deny Microphone access on Mac


When Apps are denied access, the app will not be able to access the device microphone and this is a recommended best practice to deny apps access to your hardware until they are needed. Here are some related guides that may interest you: How to disable or enable FaceTime on Mac, and how to unlink FaceTime from Mac. When you turn off access for an app, you will be required to enable it again the next time that app tries to use your microphone. The Recording Indicator light in Control Center shows you when your computer’s microphone is in use or has been used recently. This light increases security and privacy on your Mac by letting you know if an app has access to the microphone. The light turns on when you open the Sound Input pane in Sound System Preferences.

Some apps and websites can use the microphone on your Mac to capture or record audio. You can decide which apps are allowed to use the microphone. Kindly refer to these related guides: How to record your screen with PowerPoint and make slide shows, how to record the screen of macOS, and how to install and configure Jitsi video conferencing server on Ubuntu.

As you can see below in the image below, this specific Website had the Microphone turned off. Apple’s permissions system sometimes prevents apps from accessing the microphone until you specifically allow them. When apps want to access the microphone, a notification should appear asking you to approve or deny the request. In this guide, I will be showing you the steps to resolve this issue.


Are you also experiencing the same issue on your iOS device, please see the following guide on how to resolve the issue: How to fix unable to access the microphone on Zoom“.

Enable Access to Microphone

To proceed, you will need to launch the System Preferences as shown below. There are a couple of ways to launch it, one of which is to choose the Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy 

, then click Privacy.

Alternatively, you could search for System Preferences by clicking on the LaunchPad and then search for System Preferences as shown below. 

Click on System and Privacy as shown in the System preference Window below


On the sidebar, click on Microphone. You should see a list of apps that have requested access to your microphone. Approved Apps will have a checkmark next to them, while those that are denied will not.

Therefore, we have to grant access to Google Chrome!

Click on the Padlock to authenticate with your admin password. You will be required to enter your password to unlock the Security and Privacy Preferences.


I will have to check the box close to Google Chrome in order to approve Microphone access. When this is done, the window below will be displayed instructing you to quit and reopen.


In the Window displayed below, click on OK to enable access to Google Chrome


In the subsequent window, click on OK as well.


This will end the process of granting Microphone access to Google Chrome on Mac.

Deny Microphone Access on Mac

To deny this access, all you need to do is uncheck the boy close to Google Chrome and access will be restricted henceforth.


You will be required to Quit and Reopen Google Chrome for this setting to take effect!


I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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