Safari Can’t Access Camera in Multiple Concurrent Tabs

Symptom

When using multiple tabs at once, Safari can't access the camera for my video session.

Applies To

  • Safari
  • Multiple Tabs
  • Camera Access

Resolution

There is no workaround for this, but you can implement a way to detect when this occurs. Listen to the 'pause' event on the video element. It will be dispatched when the camera is taken away. Here is a sample that shows an alert message when the video is paused.

Cause

There is a known bug with Safari. The browser only allows one tab access to your microphone and webcam at a time. Opening another tab and joining a webRTC session will cause the video in the initial tab to go black.

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