Allowing, Selecting, and Switching your Mic and Camera

There are various ways to select or switch your microphone and camera on BigMarker

There are various ways to select or switch your microphone and camera. You can switch on BigMarker, within your browser settings, and within your Operating System. Continue below to see various options. You can also test both here. 


BigMarker Settings 

When you enter your webinar or meeting space, you can choose or change your microphone, camera, and audio outputs. You can access your devices within the testing pop-up that appears when you enter a webinar room, or by clicking the microphone or camera buttons once you are in the room. From there, you can choose the relevant device from the dropdown menus:


Troubleshooting tips: If you don't see the device listed, it could mean the device is not supported, is not being detected by BigMarker, is not enabled, is being blocked by a browser extension, or hijacked by another application. Try unplugging then re-plugging in your external device, then refreshing your browser, or restarting your computer. You may also need to quit any other video applications or disable any browser extensions that might be blocking your ability to share. Continue below for more options for Browsers and Operating Systems. 


Browser settings

Microphone and web camera defaults can be assigned within individual browsers. 


There are a few ways to access your mic and camera settings on Chrome. The best way is to copy and paste these links in your web address (URL) area:


Site settings: chrome://settings/content

Mic: chrome://settings/content/microphone

Cam: chrome://settings/content/camera


Within Chrome's settings, you can manage the default mic and camera, while also allowing or blocking specific websites access to your microphone or camera. For webinars, make sure is under allowed. For a meeting space, please allow

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You can also access these permissions by clicking the privacy icon within the web address/URL area when you're on the webinar or meeting space landing page or within the room:


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For Firefox, copy and paste this link about:preferences#privacy, then scroll down to the Permissions section and click Settings. There you can choose which websites to allow access to your microphone and camera. Allow if you are hosting webinars and for meeting spaces.


To choose or switch your microphone or camera in Firefox, you'll need to go into your webinar or meeting room. From there, click on the Mic or Camera icon that's just to the left of your URL address, and choose your microphone and camera from the dropdown menu. 


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For Safari, click Safari in the top left-hand corner. Then click Settings for This Website... Under camera and microphone choose Allow

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You can also click Safari, then click Preferences. Under Websites, click Camera. Under Currently Open Websites, make sure is Allowed. Follow the same steps for the Microphone. If you are using a meeting space, go to your meeting space landing page and follow the same steps and allow


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To choose or switch your microphone or camera in Safari, you'll need to go into your webinar or meeting room. From there, click on the Camera icon that's just to the right of your URL address, and choose your microphone and camera from the dropdown menu. 



For Microsoft Edge, you will still need to give individual websites permission before BigMarker can use your camera and microphone. Similar to other browsers you will see a dropdown menu to use your camera/microphone. Select Allow grant permission.  

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You can select Settings from Edge's dropdown to toggle this permission on/off. After clicking on Settings, select the Cookies and Site Permissions section, then click either Camera or Microphone.  

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You can adjust whether you would like Edge to ask permission to use your camera and microphone. Toggle Ask before accessing on to have it ask permission. 

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At the bottom, you can see the browsers that are allowed to use your camera and microphone. Make sure to enter the website you want to allow access: and 




In Opera, type "settings" into your URL bar. Then, click on Websites in the left-hand menu list. Then scroll down to the Microphone and Camera area, and use the dropdown menus to select the default devices. You can also adjust your permissions preferences and set up Exceptions.


Internet Explorer (IE) (We do not recommend hosting a webinar on IE)

 First and foremost, Internet Explorer will work within a webinar only if webcast mode is enabled. Internet Explorer will not work in the MeetingSpace.

Unless you have no other option, we would recommend using a different browser. Microsoft is not updating or supporting IE any longer. As a result, it is unstable and out-of-date, which may cause stability and usability issues that we cannot resolve or troubleshoot. Furthermore, you cannot switch your camera or mic on IE itself. You'll need to adjust your devices through your computer's device settings. See Windows Operating System below. As a result, we discourage presenters from using IE to host a webinar. 


Operating system settings



On older MacOS, there are not system-level controls for webcams, and instead, MacOS will default to the settings on the application (BigMarker) or browser level. However, if your mic selection isn't saving, there is a system-level control of your mic. You can access this by clicking on the Apple in the top left corner of the screen and selecting System Preferences. From here, click on Sound and then select the Input tab. This area will list all input devices that are available, and you can set the default as necessary. Unlike the microphone settings, there isn't a specific area to choose or change your default camera.



If you are using Mojave (10.14) and aboveMac has added system-level privacy settings and permissions. So If you’re having an issue getting your camera or microphone working after upgrading to Mojave, it could be related to some of the new security and privacy features. One of the updated privacy features requires applications to request permission to access your camera or microphone.

To check these settings:
  • Click on the Apple Menu
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Go to the Security & Privacy section
  • In the left column, you’ll find a section for Camera and Microphone
    Click on the device you need to allow permissions to
  • In the right column, find the app that isn’t working and check the box next to it to allow it
  • You may need to restart the app to allow the changes

Windows 10

 In Windows 10, you can set a default Mic, but there are also system-level permissions to allow applications to access your microphone and camera. For both, open up your system settings by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the Settings gear


From the Windows Settings page, choose System. Within System, You can click on Sound or Search for Microphone or Camera. Within these settings, you can adjust both the default devices and privacy settings. Type in the search area or click Sound, Microphone, or Camera. 


Microphone settings and permissions

You can adjust your microphone settings within Sound. You can adjust privacy settings within microphone privacy settings; Microphone

Camera settings and permissions

Similar to microphone settings, you can search Cam or Camera, then choose Camera or Camera privacy settings. Unlike the microphone settings, there isn't a specific area to choose a or change your default camera.