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    Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows

    Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows

    How to Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    09 Mar 2019
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows


    In Windows 10, having a camera as part of your device or system lets you make Skype video calls, take pictures, etc. Many apps and services request and use the camera, and Windows settings give you control over which apps can use your camera.

    Some people worry about unknown apps, organizations, or malware using their camera. Whenever your camera is used, you should be in charge. That’s why you’re always told when your camera is turned on:
    • If your device or camera comes with a camera light, the light will turn on when the camera is in use.
    • If your system doesn’t have a camera light, you’ll get a notification to let you know when the camera turns on or off.

    For more information, see: Windows 10 camera and privacy

    If you have a tablet, laptop, or notebook with a integrated (built-in) camera (aka: webcam), you may be wondering how to disable it for privacy and security reasons when it's not being used.

    Disabling the camera can be important since there is a potential for malware to take over the camera and spy on you with it.

    This tutorial will show you how to completely disable an integrated camera or webcam as needed in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Camera or Webcam using Kill Switch



    Some newer laptops (ex: HP Spectre x360) now have a physical switch that turns off your PC's camera.

    1. Toggle on or off the privacy camera kill switch for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows-camera_kill_switch.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Disable Camera or Webcam in Device Manager



    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    1. Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

    2. Expand open Cameras or Imaging devices depending on which one you have available. (see screenshot below step 3)

    3. Right click on your camera device, and click/tap on Disable device. (see screenshot below)

    If you have a separate IR camera type device listed, this would be the infrared camera used by Windows Hello face recognition.

    Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows-disable_webcam-1.jpg

    4. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows-disable_webcam-2.png

    5. When finished, you can close Device Manager if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Enable Camera or Webcam in Device Manager



    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    1. Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

    2. Expand open Cameras or Imaging devices depending on which one you have available. (see screenshot below step 3)

    3. Right click on your disabled camera device, and click/tap on Enable device. (see screenshot below)

    Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows-enable_webcam-1.jpg

    4. When finished, you can close Device Manager if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. badrobot's Avatar
    Posts : 5,183
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #1

    Simple but very important tut Brink. Thanks!
    Quick question, do you think someone can still "use" a PC cam even if the PC owner uses VPN service? Can VPN also help keep snoopers away?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,911
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
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       #2

    Hey badrobot,

    I wouldn't think a VPN could completely prevent it since if hijacked by malware, it could send a feed over your VPN or any Internet connection.
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  3. z3r010's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Workstation x64
       #3

    I prefer a hardware solution.

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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
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       #4

      My Computers

  5. badrobot's Avatar
    Posts : 5,183
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #5

    z3r010 said:
    I prefer a hardware solution.
    Exactly...

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