Is there a way to set it so my camera does not come on by default immediately when I place a call? When I click a contact in the new Hangouts popup in Chrome or in Gmail, I have a button that says Video Call. I used to be able to just do a voice call.


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I have a non-technological solution to this problem: I place a Post-It note on the back of the lid, and fold over enough of the non-sticky part of it over the bezel, up over the top of the lid, and on so that it covers the lens. Once I'm ready to be seen on-camera, I flip it over to reveal the lens.

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    Amazing! Just what I needed!
    – Druvision
    Dec 30, 2013 at 20:25

You can install the Hangremote Chrome extension, that allows to start OFF/ON mic/cam by default.

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Simply turn on “No camera at start”.

It also allows you to fully control remote Hangouts.

Hangremote works for Desktop/Laptops(Chrome browser)

  • This is best software solution
    – abhijit
    Jun 10, 2019 at 14:25

It's Simple!

Go to the settings -> Applications -> open Google meet -> permissions -> deny it for mic and camera

Thus you can change the permissions Allowed to the meet, i.e denying it will not open camera and microphone by default. Please note whenever you want to give access to either of these, just click on the section under Google Meet app, it will ask for the one time permission and here you go.

  • Thanks, man. Your answer didn't exactly solve my problem but it does, however, gave me an idea which is kind of similar, so, kudos to you man. So, what I did in my firefox: I opened up google meet & clicked the LOCK icon in the address bar & just removed the camera permission.
    – Junaid
    Dec 11, 2020 at 14:13
  • that's also a pretty cool trick to do so. The community will name it as a camera hack XD. Dec 12, 2020 at 9:53
  • Apparently it does not work for going to next meeting, and the next... with mic/cam disabled by default
    – coto
    Jun 10, 2021 at 19:47

All newer implementations of Hangouts have a separate Voice and Video call button now.

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    looks like it is no longer like that
    – gian1200
    Apr 20, 2021 at 1:14

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