How to share microphone, camera and audio between Windows and Chrome OS with Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise

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Read this article to learn how to allow Windows to use your Chromebook's camera, microphone or sound output device.

Using Built-in Camera and Microphone in Windows

Note: Sharing the built-in camera and microphone with Windows is an experimental feature, we do not recommend using it for business-critical tasks. It will be enabled by default in future updates. If you want to try it and leave feedback, click the Feedback icon  in the top right corner of the Windows window.

To give Windows access to the built-in camera and microphone, do the following:

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Enter chrome://flags in the address field.
  3. Enter plugin in the search bar.
  4. Change the options Show Plugin VM camera permissions and Show Plugin VM microphone permissions to Enabled and then click Restart to restart your Chromebook.

  5. After a restart, before starting Parallels Desktop, open Chrome OS settings > Apps Manage AppsParallels Desktop and enable permissions for Microphone and Camera.

  6. Start Parallels Desktop. 

    Note: If you wish to let Windows only access Camera or Microphone, you can follow the steps below and simply enable only one of the respective devices. Also, you can at any moment revoke the permissions, by using Camera and Microphone icons in the top right corner of the Windows window.

    Restarting Parallels Desktop is required to apply the changes.


Using the System Sound Output Device in Windows

By default, Windows apps are allowed to play sound using your Chromebook's sound output device. To revoke the permission, click the Sound Output icon  in the top right corner of the virtual machine window.

When Windows is not allowed to use the system sound output device, the Sound Output icon is crossed out - .

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