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How to Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10

information   Information
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. Thatís why youíre 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 doesnít have a camera light, youíll get a notification to let you know when the camera turns on or off.

For more information, see: Windows 10 camera and privacy

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to let apps use the PC camera for only your account or all accounts in Windows 10.

Note   Note
If you turn on Windows Hello, it will use your camera to sign you in even if Let apps use my camera (Option One or Option Two) is turned off. If Windows Hello is turned off, it canít access your camera. (Windows Hello, part of Windows 10, is a new way to sign in to your devices, apps, online services, and networks.)

Classic Windows applications wonít appear in your Choose apps that can use your camera (Option Three) list and are not affected by the Let apps use my camera (Option One or Option Two) setting. To allow or block Classic Windows applications, use the settings in those applications.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On or Off "Let apps use my camera" for Current Account in Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off "Let apps use my camera" for Current Account using a REG file
  • Option Three: To "Choose apps that can use your camera" for Current Account in Settings
  • Option Four: To Enable or Disable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Five: To Enable or Disable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts using a REG file





Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off "Let apps use my camera" for Current Account in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

2. Click/tap on Camera on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Let apps use my camera at the top of the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you turn off Let apps use my camera, then Choose apps that can use your camera settings (Option Three) will be grayed out.

If you turn on Let apps use my camera, then you will be able to Choose apps that can use your camera in Option Three.


3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off "Let apps use my camera" for Current Account using a REG file

Note   Note
The .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DeviceAccess\Global\{E5323777-F976-4f5b-9B55-B94699C46E44}

Value string value

Deny = Off
Allow = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On "Let apps use my camera" for Current Account

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Let_apps_use_my_camera.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off "Let apps use my camera" for Current Account

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Let_apps_use_my_camera.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10
To "Choose apps that can use your camera" for Current Account in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

2. Click/tap on Camera on the left side. (see screenshot below)

3. If you haven't already, you'll need to turn on Let apps use my camera.

4. Under Choose apps that can use your camera on the right side, turn on or off apps for what you want.
Note   Note
Even if you turn the camera off for each app under Choose apps that can use your camera, some of the listed apps might still be able to open the camera to let you take pictures or videos. But the camera wonít capture images or video unless you explicitly select the Photo or Video button.


5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts in Local Group Policy Editor

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

This option will override Option One and Option Two above.

Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. All editions can use Option Five below to do this using a .reg file instead though.


1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Privacy

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3. In the right pane of App Privacy in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Let Windows apps access the camera policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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 6. To Disable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts

A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Force Deny in the "Default for all apps" drop menu under Options, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Turn On or Off Let Apps Use PC Camera in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts using a REG file

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

This option will override Option One and Option Two above.


The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD and hex values in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy

LetAppsAccessCamera DWORD value

(delete) = Enable
2 = Disable

LetAppsAccessCamera_UserInControlOfTheseApps hex value
LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceAllowTheseApps hex value
LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceDenyTheseApps hex value

(delete) = Enable
hex(7):00,00 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Let_apps_access_my_camera.reg

download


 3. To Disable "Let apps use my camera" for All Accounts

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Let_apps_access_my_camera.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn