How to enable or disable my PC's camera or webcam in Windows 10

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This process is essential when using or using Google Meet and when video calls or meetings with Zoom are required.

Here because many users choose the current operating system Windows, Windows 10, for its high compatibility with most software. Therefore our tutorial is focused on this problem.

Another reason would be the versatility and ease of its configuration, automated in almost all its aspects to provide the user with a better experience. There are many reasons why a user would want to enable or disable their PC's webcam.



Today, people are constantly under attack from spyware, people trying to intercept or intercept by any means. Mainly using the webcam.

Although we do not know the reasons, we intuit that they cannot be good and it is not necessary to elaborate so that it is reason enough to disable our camera on a laptop or PC, as in this case.

Enable or disable for all applications

The first thing we need to do is select the start button, which we can locate in the lower left corner of our desktop, on the taskbar. While selecting, a drop-down window will be shown revealing several alternatives.

In the lower left part of this window we will see a list of options, from it we need to click "Settings".

Consequently, it will show us a new window with different system configuration options, we select the option " Privacy ".

Once inside Privacy, we will see a menu on the left side with a list of options, in it we must select " Camera ".

On the right side a submenu will appear, where we can see a sort of scroll button, which will have an indication written above that will say: "Allow applications to use the camera".



Depending on the color of this button (blue for activated and gray for deactivated) we will know the configuration status of our camera. In this simple way you can toggle the camera on or off in Windows 10 with just one button.

Although it should be borne in mind that this does this for all applications. If you want to know how to do it in a specific App, keep reading this tutorial.

Enable or disable the camera or webcam in specific applications

Technically, enabling or disabling the camera or webcam for specific applications in Windows 10 involves performing the same procedure for all programs in general.

Let's go through the steps again by selecting the start button on the toolbar and clicking on the well-known option " Settings ".

Once the configuration window is open, select the "Privacy" option again. Then, after opening the menu, we choose again " Camera ".


Let's look again at the right part of the window where they show us the configuration of our webcam and we will see that under the button that activates and deactivates the device there is a list of applications.

These programs sometimes need to access the webcam to perform certain functions correctly. Then they will show up in the above list.

These programs will have a button assigned with which you can activate or deactivate your webcam for this specific application only, and thus give you the luxury of customizing which applications you prefer to have access to and which you do not.


This, dear friends, is the simple and practical way to turn the camera on or off in Windows 10.

As you can see, it is a fairly easy and practical process that anyone with little computer experience can perform.


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