Why is My Camera Not Working on Laptop | Fix Camera Not Working

How to fix my laptop camera not working? If you find your camera is not working on a laptop, the reasons might relate to some points. Such as your privacy settings is not allow some app to access the camera, your camera driver is outdated, the antivirus program is not allowed to access the camera, and more. Stay on this page and get solutions.

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"My camera has stopped working, I cannot uninstall it and reinstall it......I cannot find it listed anywhere in my device manager settings. I would appreciate it if somebody could solve this problem for me without me having to buy a new laptop......please help."

Due to some reasons, your camera is not working when you need it to do tasks. Terrible! It is time to troubleshoot your computer. Join us to learn how to fix the camera not working/detected on a laptop.

Main Content:

Solution 1 - Allow Camera Permission (Windows Settings)
Solution 2 - Update Driver of Laptop Camera (Device Manager)
Solution 3 - Apply Troubleshooting (Control Panel)
Solution 4 - Rollback Camera Driver (Device Manager)
Solution 5 - Uninstall and Reinstall the Camera Driver (Device Manager)
Solution 6 - Turn Off Camera Protection (Antivirus Software)
Solution 7 - Disable the App that is Using the Camera (Task Manager)
Solution 8 - Reset Your Camera Programs (Windows Settings)

Solution 1 - Allow Camera Permission (Windows Settings)

One of the common reasons in “Why is my camera not working on my laptop” is your camera permission is limited by yourself. Go to Windows Settings and allow camera permission.

Step 1. Click Windows Start > Settings.

Step 2. Type webcam in the search box.

Step 3. Choose Camera privacy settings.

webcam privacy settings

Step 4. Make sure "Allow apps to access your camera" is on or choose apps to access your camera.

webcam privacy settings 2

Solution 2 - Update Driver of Laptop Camera (Device Manager)

Step 1. Press Windows + X and click Device Manager.

Step 2. Move to Imaging Devices and click it.

Step 3. Right-click the laptop camera driver.

Step 4. Choose Update Driver.

Step 5. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software > Select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".

update driver

Step 6. Choose USB Video Device.

Step 7. Restart your PC.

Solution 3 - Apply Troubleshooting (Control Panel)

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the search box and click to start.

Step 2. Scroll down the page and select Troubleshooting.

Step 3. Click View all on the left pane.

view all

Step 4. Select Hardware and Devices.

Step 5. Click Next.

hardwire and devices

The troubleshooting will detect any common or serious problem with the hardware.

Solution 4 - Rollback Camera Driver (Device Manager)

Step 1. Type Device Manager in the search box, and click to open it.

Step 2. Click the Imaging device. Your webcam will show up under the Imaging device.

Step 3. Right-click it and choose Properties.

properties

Step 4. Go to the Driver tab, click Roll Back Driver, and click OK. ( If Roll Back Driver does not work, you can try another way in the next part. If it is available, go on.)

roll back driver

Step 5. Then the Driver Package rollback pops up, it will list some reasons about "why are you rolling back". Choose the answer that matches your situation.

Step 6. Click Yes and restart your computer.

Solution 5 - Uninstall and Reinstall the Camera Driver (Device Manager)

Step 1. Press Windows + X, select Device Manager.

Step 2. Scroll down to expand Imaging devices, right-click the webcam driver and choose Uninstall device.

uninstall

Step 3. Then you can see the "Uninstall Device" window, check to Delete the driver software for this device. Click Uninstall button.

Step 4. Click the Action tab and choose Scan for hardware changes.

Step 5. The computer will reinstall your camera driver. You can check whether the camera is working properly.

Solution 6 - Turn Off Camera Protection (Antivirus Software)

Generally, most antivirus software has privacy settings to limit some application access to the camera. You can change the camera protection setting to troubleshoot the Camera not working.

Step 1. Open your antivirus software.

Step 2. Find your "Privacy Protection".

Step 3. Turn off the camera protection. As pictures shows:

antivirus camera protection

Solution 7 - Disable the App that is Using the Camera

Your camera is not working may be caused by the webcam is being used by another program.

Step 1. Type Task Manager in the search box, and click to open.

Step 2. Choose the Start-up tab, and select the process that is using the webcam.

Step 3. Right-click process and choose disable.

diaable app that is using camera

Solution 8 - Reset Your Camera Programs (Windows Settings)

If the above seven methods can not fix the "Camera not working" problem, you can reset the camera app. Your computer will reinstall it and revert to the default settings.

Step 1. Click Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Camera

Step 2. Scroll down to find the Camera app or search Camera in the search box.

Step 3. Click Camera and select Advanced options.

Step 4. Choose Reset.

reset camera

Why Is My Camera Not Working on Laptop

  • Your camera permission is not allowed to your running programs.
  • Outdated webcam driver.
  • Your antivirus software blocks the camera function for privacy protection.
  • Your camera app is used by another unknown program.
  • ......

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No matter what laptop you are using now, such as Lenovo, HP, ASUS, Dell, you can use the eight ways we mentioned in the body to solve Camera not working problem.

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