How Do I Fix 'Camera Is Temporarily Unavailable for Use' Message

Hi. Has anyone received the message 'Camera is temporarily unavailable'? This has been happening sporadically for me.  I've tried rebooting the PC, deleting the cache and data, and forcing the app to close, and it doesn't work. Can someone, therefore, assist in fixing this mistake?

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Dany· Answered on Jul 20, 2023

Fix 1. Restart your Windows

Due to a short-term bug, you can experience the "Camera is temporarily unavailable for use" error. Restarting your computer might be sufficient to resolve the issue in this scenario.

After restarting, if you still can't use your camera, see whether there are any waiting Windows updates. Make sure your system is up to date by going to Settings - Windows Update.

Fix 2. Disable other app processes

There are occasions when an app using the camera in the background prevents you from using it. To launch Task Manager and select the Processes tab, press "Ctrl + Shift + Esc". Find and stop any processes that you believe are attempting to access the camera without your authorization there.

Fix 3. Disable your antivirus software

Your antivirus program may occasionally prevent the camera from functioning normally and make it unusable. You can briefly turn off your antivirus program to verify whether that's the case.

Look for assistance on the website of your antivirus maker if your camera starts to function after the antivirus software has been disabled. If you're looking for solutions on how to remove viruses without antivirus, visit the linked page.

Fix 4. Check the camera permissions

Applications must have the appropriate permissions to access your camera, which could cause conflicts and cause the error "All Cameras Are Reserved." The following is how to modify the camera permissions in Windows 11:

  • Open Settings in the Start menu.
  • Go to App permissions after choosing "Privacy & security".
  • Click the "camera" there.
  • The toggles for the applications that need to have access to the camera should be turned on.
  • Check to see whether the "All Cameras Are Reserved" warning has disappeared after restarting your computer.

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