How to Disable Camera in Laptop (Windows Guide)

If you are using a PC with a Camera but worry about your privacy, then here you get a working guide to disable the camera instantly. This guide will help you easily disable the camera and enable the camera when it’s needed. So, if you have a Windows running Laptop or Desktop with Webcam then this guide is for you. Here you will know how to disable camera in Laptop.

How to Disable Camera in Windows 10

The camera is a useful addition to computers as we need it for many tasks, especially for meetings. But it is also risky in this online world as hackers could take control of your Computer’s camera. So, keeping this in mind it is common to be concerned about privacy because no one wants to be watched without permission. Many users don’t care about it but if you understand its disadvantages then you will surely want to disable your camera when you are not using it.

Desktop owners can easily remove the Webcam, but the real problem is if you have a Laptop as it comes with built-in cameras. I have read some comments that some users use tapes to cover cameras. But this is not the best situation for some cases and you have to remove tapes when you want to use the camera. And it can affect the camera performance. So the best option is to disable the camera in laptop.

This works great for both situations, if you use the camera for your work and if you don’t use it at all. This guide will help you to easily disable the Camera in Windows when you are not using it and enable it easily when required. It will work for any laptop running on Windows 10, Windows 8, and even for Windows 7. It is an easy guide, but still, you need to make sure you are following the steps as mentioned. Also, make sure you are the Administrator of the Laptop or PC on which you want to disable the Camera.

Steps to Disable Camera in Windows 10

Step 1: First, Right-click on the Windows Start icon and open Device Manager from the list. You can also open Run (Win + R buttons) and enter devmgmt.msc to open Device Manager.

Step 2: In the Device Manager, you will find various drivers for external and built-in devices. Check for Camera, it could be with a different name (such as Imaging Devices) depending on the Windows version.

How to Disable Camera in Windows 10

Step 3: Now expand the Camera section and it will show the available Cameras on your computer.

How to Disable Camera in Windows 10

Step 4: Right-click on the available camera such as HD WebCam or Integrated Camera. And click on Disable Device.

How to Disable Camera in Laptop

Step 5: You will get a Warning that the device will stop functioning. Click on Yes to continue.

That’s it, now the camera on your Laptop will not function unless you enable it manually. So, you will be safe from any malicious activity targeting your Camera in Laptop.

To use the camera, you can easily enable the device in Laptop the same way you disabled it. Or you can simply follow the steps given below.

Steps to Enable Camera in Windows 10

Step 1: You need to enable the device to use it, if you have disabled it using the above steps.

Step 2: Open Device Manager on your computer using the steps above.

How to Disable Camera in Laptop

Step 3: Right click on the Camera which is disabled and select Enable Device.

Step 4: It will enable the device and you can use it on your laptop.

This is the easiest way to disable and enable any device in Windows PC. You can even update drivers from Device Manager, you have to just select Update driver instead of Enable Device. Device Manager is also a useful tab if you want to know installed drivers (like WiFi Driver, USB Driver, Graphic Driver, etc) and connected devices such as Headphones, Mouse, Keyboard, etc.

So, there you have it, the complete guide on how to disable Camera on Laptop running Windows OS. If you want more guides related to Windows, stay connected to YTECHB. And if you have any queries then let us know in the comment section.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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