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What to Do if Your Webcam is Not Turning On

We understand how crucial it is for your Opal webcam to work seamlessly. If your webcam isn't turning on and you don’t see any Opal video devices in your meeting apps, don't worry! We've compiled a list of steps to help you troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

🔌 Check the USB Connection

Ensure the webcam's USB cable is securely connected to your Mac. A loose connection can prevent the webcam from powering on.

If you're using hubs, adapters, or monitors, ensure they support USB 3.1 Gen 1 or Gen 2 for optimal performance.

💡 Indicator Light Behavior

The indicator light on your webcam should illuminate when it's active. If it's not, it might indicate a power or connection issue.

🔄 Restart Your Mac

Sometimes, a simple restart can help recognize connected devices and resolve minor software glitches.

🌐 USB Port Check

Try connecting the webcam to a different USB port on your Mac. Some ports might malfunction or not provide adequate power.

🖥 Test on Another Device

Connect your webcam to another device to determine if the issue is specific to your Mac or the webcam itself.

🔄 Reinstall Opal Composer

Software conflicts can sometimes prevent hardware from functioning correctly.

  1. Open Composer, click the "Help" menu bar option at the top.
  1. Select "Uninstall".
  1. Read the disclaimer, click "Continue", and follow the steps (enter your computer password when prompted).
  1. Restart your Mac.
  1. Download Composer from and install it.
  1. Restart your Mac again after installation.

🔒 Check Permissions

Verify your permissions settings to ensure our app is being allowed through and not blocked by your macOS or any other firewall or VPN service you may have.

You can view steps to check in this article.

If you have a work computer, you may have a managed device blocking the camera, in that case you’ll need to follow this article on how to allow it through your MDM.

📧 Contact Support

If you've tried the above steps and your webcam still isn't turning on, our dedicated support team is here to help. Reach out to us at for further assistance.

In Conclusion

Your Opal webcam is designed for reliability and performance. While issues are rare, we're committed to ensuring you have a smooth experience. Remember, our support team is always ready to assist you in any way possible.

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