How to Fix Laptop Camera not working in Windows 10
If you are facing problems with your laptop camera on Windows 10, you are not alone. Many users have reported that their camera stops working after a recent update, or that some apps cannot access the camera. This can be frustrating, especially if you need to use the camera for video calls, online meetings, or other purposes.
Fortunately, there are some possible solutions that can help you fix your laptop camera on Windows 10. In this article, we will show you how to troubleshoot and resolve the most common issues with your laptop camera on Windows 10.
Check for a camera switch or button on your laptop
Some laptops have a physical switch or button that turns the camera on or off. If your laptop has one, make sure it is in the on position before using your camera. The switch or button may not be easy to find, so check all possible places, such as:
A button on the keyboard that is activated with the Fn key
A dedicated camera button on the keyboard
A sliding switch on the side of the laptop
A small slider for a shutter built into the camera
If your laptop does not have a switch or button, skip to the next solution.
Update or reinstall your camera driver
A driver is a software that helps your device communicate with the hardware. If your camera driver is outdated, corrupted, or missing, it may cause your camera to stop working properly. To fix this issue, you can try to update or reinstall your camera driver using Device Manager.
Device Manager is a tool that lets you manage the devices and drivers on your computer. To update or reinstall your camera driver using Device Manager, follow these steps:
Press Windows + X keys and select Device Manager from the menu.
Expand the Imaging devices, Cameras, or Sound, video and game controllers category.
Right-click on your camera device and select Update driver.
Select Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the on-screen instructions.
If Windows does not find a new driver, you can try to search for one on the manufacturer's website and follow their instructions.
If updating the driver does not work, you can try to uninstall and reinstall it. To do this, right-click on your camera device and select Uninstall device.
Check the box that says Delete the driver software for this device and click Uninstall.
Restart your computer and Windows will try to reinstall the driver automatically.
Allow apps to access your camera
If you have recently updated Windows 10, you may need to give apps permission to use the camera. In newer versions of Windows 10, some apps do not have default access to the camera. To allow apps to access your camera, follow these steps:
Press Windows + I keys and select Privacy from the Settings app.
Select Camera from the left pane.
Make sure Camera access for this device is turned on. If it is turned off and greyed out, you may need an administrator account to turn it on.
Make sure Allow apps to access your camera is turned on.
Choose which apps should have access to your camera. Only apps that were installed from the Microsoft Store will appear in this list.
Check your antivirus software
Sometimes, your antivirus software may block your camera from working for security reasons. To fix this issue, you can try to disable or adjust your antivirus settings to allow your camera to work. The exact steps may vary depending on which antivirus software you are using, so refer to their documentation or support website for more details.
Run the Hardware troubleshooter
If none of the above solutions work, you can try to run the Hardware troubleshooter. This is a tool that automatically runs diagnostics and takes steps to fix common hardware issues. To run the Hardware troubleshooter, follow these steps:
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