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How To Disable the Camera (or Webcam) on Windows 11

In this era of massive digitalization, it seems that you’re cautious about your online security and privacy. Before proceeding further, let’s know exactly why you should consider disabling your webcam on your computer.

Black Hat Hackers have been known to grab footage from the webcams and resulting in a lot of problems including blackmailing, leaks, etc, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why you should turn it off.

cons of turning on the webcam and how to turn it off

It is a common belief that people should disable their webcams when they are not using them. It is a good idea to do so because hackers can access the video from your webcam and use it for malicious purposes.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to block the web camera or any external camera connected to your computer:

Step #1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start Menu or press the “Windows Key + I” key combination.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the “Apps” option from the sidebar and click the “Apps & Features” option.

click apps button and select "apps and features" option
“Apps and Features” option

Step #3: Scroll and you’ll find the Camera option, click the three dots menu and select the “Advanced Options” option.

select the "advanced options" button in camera settings
Advanced Options

Step #4: In this App permission section, toggle off the Camera and set the background apps permissions option to “Never”.

toggle off camera button to disable camera in windows
Toggle Off the Camera Button

Step #1: Type and open the “Edit Group Policy” option from the Start Menu.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step #2: Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Camera and double-click the “Allow Use of Camera” option and it’ll appear in a new window.

allow use of camera option
Allow Use of Camera

Step #3: Select the “Disabled” option to disable access to the camera and press the “Apply” button.

disable camera using local group policy editor
Select the “Disabled” option

Step #1: Open the “Device Manager” from the Start Menu.

device manager icon in windows 11
Device Manager Icon

Step #2: Expand the “Imaging Devices” section, right-click the “Integrated Camera” option select the “Disable Driver” button.

right click the integrated camera option and select the "disable driver" option
“Disable Driver” option

Step #3: You’ll receive a warning stating the following message:
“Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you really want to disable it?”. Simply press the “Yes” button to skip the warning.

press the "yes" button to ignore warning of disabling windows drivers
Press the “Yes” button

NOTE: To re-enable the Webcam on the computer, simply right-click the integrated camera and press the ‘Enable’ button.

right click the integrated camera option and select the enable driver option
Enable the Integrated Camera

We’ve discussed why you should disable the webcam on your computer. The webcam can be a source of distraction for people who are not aware of the potential surveillance by hackers. This is why it’s important to turn off or move your laptop’s camera so that it’s no longer facing you, and also disable its use from within your operating system. For these reasons, It is best to keep the webcam turned off until required.

In this article, some settings will work with some older versions including Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Further, configure your computer’s settings by following the related articles below.

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