How to activate the camera on my laptop (explained with pictures)

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If you are here it is because you are wondering how to activate the camera on my laptop. That is very easy to do and in this article, we explain it to you. The camera of the laptop is one of the many internal devices that it has and can be activated or deactivated at any time.

Your laptop camera can be disabled or activated very similarly in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. Sometimes a little different in Windows XP, Vista and 7. This article is explained to work for you in any version of Windows.

The first thing to understand is that the camera on some notebooks and laptops need to have drivers installed. Make sure you have them installed in case it requires it. To confirm this first you must know the model of the laptop and look on the manufacturer’s page for the camera drivers for the model of your computer. Also looking at Google something like “drivers for laptop model insert here the model of the laptop” you can find the drivers for the camera of your laptop.

How to activate my laptop’s camera step by step

Go to Control Panel, choose to see “Large icons” in the upper right. Then click where it says “Device Manager“.

How to activate the camera on my laptopThen you will see the devices that your laptop has connected and integrated, including the camera of your laptop. Right click and then click where it says “Enable” to activate the camera.

If you have Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 you must have the permission of the camera activated for it to work

Versions of Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 include functionality with which you can decide whether applications can use the webcam or not. If you have disabled that option the camera may not work and you may think that you have disabled it, but no, you only need to enable that option that we explain below.

Enable Camera Permissions in Windows 8 and 8.1

In Windows 8 and 8.1 the camera needs to be granted the permissions for other applications to use.

To do that open the camera and then slide your finger (if you have touch) or slide the mouse on the right side of the screen and click on “Settings“.

Then select where it says “Permissions” and check the box that says “Webcam and microphone“.

Enable camera permissions in Windows 10

To do this open the Start menu and click on “Settings“.

How to activate the camera on my laptop 2Then the general Windows 10 settings will be opened. In the upper centre search box, type “camera” and click on “Camera Privacy Settings“.

How to activate the camera on my laptop 3Then check the option that says “Allow applications to use the camera“.

How to activate the camera on my laptop 4And ready. You already have the camera enabled and you are allowed to use the camera. In Windows 10 you can also customise which applications can access the camera and which ones do not. Any questions or issues on the subject of activating the camera on my laptop please leave a comment.