Apple Warns Not to Close Your Laptop Lid With a Webcam Cover

In a new support document, Apple says not to close the cover of your MacBook when using a webcam cover. Doing so may damage the screen.

Webcam covers

When you close the cover of your MacBook, the space between the screen and the keyboard is small, and the extra thickness of a webcam cover can damage the screen over time. If your cover is thicker than 0.1 mm (average thickness of printer paper), remove it before closing the cover.

Apple’s advice is to control access to the camera in System Preferences and the camera light to find out if the camera is active. Mac cameras are designed so that they cannot activate without the green light also turning on.

Control access to the camera

Apps and websites can use your camera to take photos or videos, and you can control their access.

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Click on Security and confidentiality, then click Privacy.
  • Click on Camera. If an application has requested access, you can check the box to remove it.
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