How to Disable Camera in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable webcam and built-in camera app in Windows 11 to protect your security privacy.

Windows 11 comes with boatload of cool features and refreshing new graphical interface with centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, and themes and colors that make any Windows device looks great.

With all these great things, there’s also Windows 11 built-in camera app that allows you to video call anyone using your favorite apps like Zoom, Teams, Skype and more.

Some people are not comfortable with having web camera or built-in camera app that can easily be gamed and misused for no good reasons at all. Sometimes, you may be caught unware in front of your camera in a compromising state.

All these things can be a problem and that’s why Windows 11 allows you to disable or enable web cam and cameras when you need to.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with disabling or enabling Window camera, follow the steps below:

Turn off Windows 11 Webcam

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & Security, select Camera on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

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On the Camera settings page, toggle the button to turn Off access to Windows camera. This will turn off camera access to anyone using this device.

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Enable Web Cam and Camera in Windows 11

If you want to enable access to Camera, simply reverse the steps above. To to the System Settings pane and select Privacy & security from the menu list on the left.

Then navigate to Camera and turn On.

You can also turn or enable on camera access for individual apps for your camera instead of disabling all apps. In this way, only the apps that should have access will continue to do to.

The rest of the apps will be denied access to the camera.

So instead of turning off camera access for all apps, turn on Camera, then turn the feature that “Let apps access your camera” highlighted section below.

Next, enable camera access for only the apps you select on the list.

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Remember, the settings and changes on the page above do not prevent you from signing in with your camera using facial recognition (Windows Hello).

Also, some desktop apps that need camera access might not be listed.

You might also need to do this in other camera apps you installed. Don’t forget to disable Bluetooth whenever possible.


This post showed you how to disable or enable Windows 11 access to built-in camera app. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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