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Allow Teams Access to Camera, Microphone and Screen Sharing in macOS

For macOS Catalina 10.15 and Big Sur 11, Apple features additional security for cameras, microphones and screen sharing. The following steps apply for macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or higher.

To check if you have one of these versions on your Mac, click the Apple menu in the top-left corner, then select About This Mac. The window identifies which macOS version you have.


If you have macOS Catalina Version 10.15 or Big Sur Version 11, then these instructions are for you.

If Microsoft Teams prompts you for access

Upon first time use, Microsoft Teams may request access to your camera, microphone, and screen. Follow these steps if prompted for camera, microphone or screen sharing

  • When sharing your microphone and camera in Teams for the first time, you may see these prompts.



Click OK in both prompts to grant access to the microphone and camera.

  • When attempting screen sharing in Teams for the first time, you may these prompts.
From Microsoft Teams: "We need permission to share your screen. Go to Security & Privacy > Screen Recording to give permission and start sharing."
From macOS: "Microsoft Teams would like to record this computer's screen."
Click either the "Security & Privacy settings" button on the Teams prompt or the "Open System Preferences" button on the macOS prompt.

  • The Security & Privacy window opens. (You can also reach this window from Apple menu > System Preferences). Then click Security & Privacy then click Privacy tab.) In the lower left of the window, click the padlock icon to make changes. Enter your Mac's administrator username and password.
  • The padlock unlocks and you can make changes. Check the checkbox next to Microsoft Teams to allow screen sharing and capture.
  • You are prompted to quit Microsoft Teams and restart Teams to enact this change. If you can quit Teams now, select Quit Now.
  • Close the Security & Privacy window. The next time you launch Microsoft Teams, you will have access in place to share and record your screen.