Tutorial: How to Turn Off Green iSight Light on Macbook!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HappyDude20, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Please understand first and foremost i'm only posting this to continue my procrastination of starting homework which is due tomorrow.

    Ok, so recently I've been asking on these forums how to access my Macbook using my iPod Touch. Being able to fully access my Macbook when I'm 20 miles away at my University is a huge benefit when I realize I forgot an important essay or homework.

    With the help of people I discovered I just have to open up port 5900, etc etc, to get into my Macbook from anywhere. It was too much trouble and now I just use www.logmein.com which works as well, though don't think as fast. Well, this works wonders since I've already emailed myself 2 important Keynotes i've create and accessed them from my college and presented them without even having my computer on me.

    Well, recently when I get home at night some times it smells strongly of marijuana. Odd since I don't smoke it but my cousin does. He has access to my place and I say he can head over, even if i'm not home and chill, but under any circumstances no smoking.

    Well, I wanted to use the iSight cam w/ Photo Booth while I'm at the college to see if he indeed was getting high in my living room but before I tested it, I need to get rid of the green light on my Macbook:

    Getting Rid of The Green Light

    Ok, so we're not really turning off the green light here. I looked for hours on how to do this and instead ran into a lot of advice, especially on MacRumors forums, to just white out or tape a small white square over the dot when the green light comes through.

    BAD IDEA: Don't attempt the white out. It'll just go through. As for the white small square...it's completely obvious so don't try that either.

    Instead, do this:

    1. Get a thin card, like a debit card and gently remove the white frame from your macbook. Attached to the back of the frame will be a bunch of these little gray rectangles that hold that frame to the outer part of the macbook. You'll have to take these off gently from the frame and pop them back onto their corresponding places within the Macbook. Easy enough.

    2. Then what you do it get a sheet of white paper, cut a super small piece and fold it many times over. Not too thick or the frame won't click back in that area normally.

    3. Place it snuggly where the green light turns on and even suggest getting a piece of tape just as small to hold it in place.

    4. Turn on Photo booth just to test out if the light goes through. It may but really test it by placing the frame over it, and then seeing if the light goes through.

    5. If it doesn't great. Place the frame back on and you're set!

    I Caught Him!

    I'm at the school, sign on to logmein.com and open up photo booth which rests on my kitchen table facing the living room and i could see him there kicking back with a big pipe in this hand. :eek: I then showed him the photo I took and he looked like he's just been caught for murder. It was hilarious. Not a big deal, no hard feeling but he did promise to get high before came over.

    So if you wanna check up what your dog really does when you're away or just wanna secretly film a porno...
  2. Knolly macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    That was one of the strangest and funniest yet also informative posts I've ever read.
  3. likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Indeed, definitely an interesting post. All that to catch someone smoking pot huh? i probably wouldnt care enough to do that...
  4. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    I did the same thing to find out which one of my dogs were crapping on the floor. It worked! Turned out it was my brother! hahahahaaa just kidding!! :D:D -feelin a little goofy this morning!
  5. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    Now someone will be able to hack into your computer and watch you without you ever knowing :eek:
  6. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I really doubt that...

  7. shutitdown macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2008
  8. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    LOL whenever I take my macbook into the bathroom to listen to music in the shower or something i always tape over my isight because i think someone might be watching me ;)

    and at the op: LOL! that is awesome. good thing the new macbooks have a black bezel so a piece of electrical tape wont look very noticable
  9. Saiasanc macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2008
    Good story! But if he is getting high, he probably would never have noticed the light in the first place! ;)
  10. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    i gotta admit i freaked out a bit thinking someone might be able to hack into my computer and then turn on the camera without me noticing while i'm in front of it....

    ...but, it's never happened before and have never heard of anything like this. so figure, it can't happen right? lol. foiled by my own demise...but seriously though, no one can hack into it right?
  11. 156457 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2008
    I'm watching you now.
  12. Skeletal-dæmon macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2008
    Oh, really Nick? And might I say, thats a fantastic dress you're wearing?

    ...I'm sorry, it had to be done!
  13. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Most of you are discussing filming someone, but meanwhile shutitdown is reading my mind.
  14. 156457 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2008
    Haha, gave me a good laugh :eek::p
  15. timestoby macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    north devon,uk
    HAHAHA that was my laugh for the day.
  16. KyPosey macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
  17. arinsal macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    How to turn isight light off

    Hello guys,

    I just discovered the best method to turn the isight green light off. It's very easy.

    First you need to take the plastic screen protector off and here is how to:


    then you put a sticker in the inside part of the computer. This way you can't tell from outside that the green light is covered!!!!!

    You can now spy your wife naked!!! please send fotos to my email and i'll send fotos of my naked wife back!!!

    best regards,

  18. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Why would you need to spy on your wife?

  19. meadorni macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    This is my concern; it's what brought me to this post via Google search. I'm thinking of using one of these tactics to cover my camera (instead of the green light) during the times I'm not intentionally using it. But then... there is no way to cover the laptop microphone!
  20. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You revived a year old thread. Now remember, the green light is hard wired to the camera. It will always be on when the camera is one. There is no way, without physically blocking the light or removing it, to turn it off and have the camera be one.

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