How to disable webcam without voiding warranty?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by scissorband, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. scissorband macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2010
    For the most recent 13" MBP, how can I disable the webcam so it can't be turned on at all? I read news articles today about people that can activate your webcam remotely without the webcam light turning on and this makes me a little paranoid, so I purchased an external webcam that I can plug in whenever I need to use it instead of having the MBP webcam.
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    You could just tape a piece of paper or cloth over the cam and in the event someone were to hack your cam they'd just get a blank picture
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Not sure where the thread is for that - but, IIRC, the consensus is that the internal camera has a power LED that is part of the camera assembly. The light comes on when the camera has power, the light can't be controlled separately. It's on when the camera is on, and off when the camera is off (period).
    If you prefer to not trust that idea (and I do understand..), and you don't want to open up your MBPro, then a tiny strip of tape will block any camera view. (already mentioned by rapicell, but it's effective)
    I recently saw a school computer lab that had cutesy flower stickers covering the isight cams...
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Small square of black electrical tape.

    Tinfoil on your head helps with the paranoia part. :p


    Published claim is indeed that the camera can be turned on without that light, albeit nothing spoke to what hardware/software platform that was.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  6. 8CoreWhore, Dec 7, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2013

    8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D

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