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How to disable camera on Windows 11

Windows 11 lets you enable or disable cameras through the Settings app, and here's how.

Windows 11 disable camera
  • You can now disable webcams from the Windows 11 Settings to improve privacy.
  • To enable or disable cameras go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Cameras, and manage any device connected to your computer.

On Windows 11, the Settings app includes a “Cameras” page that allows you to disable or enable webcams and network cameras, and in this guide, you will learn how to complete this task.

The Cameras settings page is located in the “Bluetooth & devices” section and includes all sorts of settings to manage devices, including USB, built-in, and even network cameras. Although you can restrict app access to these devices using the Privacy settings, the new integration allows you to disable them entirely to further improve your privacy.

Also, there is a new configuration page to adjust various settings, including the backlight that causes shadows on your face. And you can even adjust brightness and contrast, enable Video HDR or Eye Contact, or correct the camera rotation.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to disable or enable cameras on Windows 11. In addition, we also outline the steps to perform the same tasks with the legacy option (Device Manager).

Disable camera using Windows 11 Settings

To disable a webcam or network camera, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  3. Click the Cameras page on the right side.

  4. Under the “Connected cameras” section, select the camera.

    Windows 11 Cameras settings

  5. Click the Disable button.

    Disable webcam on Windows 11

  6. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, the camera will continue to be present, but it won’t be active or available for any application.

Disable camera using Device Manager

To disable a camera through Device Manager, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Double-click the “Imaging devices” branch to expand it.

  4. Right-click the camera and select the Disable device option.

    Device Manager disable camera option

  5. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the network camera or webcam will no longer be available for applications.

Enable camera using Windows 11 Settings

To enable a webcam or network camera, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  3. Click the Cameras page on the right side.

  4. Under the “Disabled cameras” section, click the Enable button for the camera.

    Enable webcam on Windows 11

Once you complete the steps, the camera will be available for all applications.

Enable camera using Device Manager

To enable a camera with Device Manager, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Double-click the “Imaging devices” branch to expand it.

  4. Right-click the camera and select the Enable device option.

    Device Manager enable camera option

  5. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the webcam or IP camera will once again be available on Windows 11.