3 ways to use the built-in camera, microphone in Windows 10, 11. to turn off


Unlike previous versions, Windows 10 and 11 provide their users with a privacy-oriented environment. If you care more about privacy, you can disable the built-in camera and microphone in your Windows system. In this article, we will show you 3 effective ways to disable the webcam and microphone. You should also learn how to keep your data safe in Windows 10.

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Built-in camera, disable microphone on Windows 10/11Use Settings app to disable camera and microphone

Both Windows 10 and 11 offer to manually disable built-in camera and microphone access using the Settings app. Please note that this functionality is only available for versions above Windows 10 version 1809. Follow these simple steps to disable it.

  • Press the Windows key, search for the Settings app and open it.

  • On the left sidebar, click on Privacy and Security on Windows 11. In Windows 10, you need to search for Privacy and open it.
  • Scroll down to find and open the camera.

  • Turn off the camera access switch.

  • Navigate back in the same way and open Microphone.
  • Turn off the microphone access switch.

  • That is it. You have successfully disabled camera and microphone access in your Windows 10 and 11 systems.
Use Device Manager to disable the built-in camera and microphone

The Device Manager app allows you to control all kinds of hardware connected to the Windows system. Using this app, you can effectively manage or disable the built-in camera and microphone access. Follow these simple steps to do the same.

  • Press the Windows key, search for the Device Manager app and open it.

  • Find and expand the camera by clicking on it.
  • Right click on your default camera and choose Disable device.

  • Similarly, click Audio Inputs and Outputs to expand it.
  • Right click on your default microphone name and click Disable device.

  • Congratulations. You have successfully disabled the built-in camera and microphone hardware in your Windows 10/11 system.
Use Windows Control Panel to disable microphone and camera

The Control Panel is one of the most powerful management programs in the Windows operating system. You can use this tool to manually manage and disable camera and microphone access in your system. Follow these simple steps to achieve the same.

  • Press the Windows key, search for the Control Panel app and open it.

  • Click Hardware and Sound.

  • Open the sound options by clicking Sound.

  • Navigate to the Recording tab and find the name of your default microphone.
  • Right click on the microphone and choose Disable.

  • Navigate back to Devices and Printers and click Device Manager below it.

  • Expand Cameras and right click on your default camera name.
  • Click Turn off device to turn off the camera.

Bonus: Prevent specific apps from accessing camera and microphone

Both Windows 10 and 11 provide the feature to control the access of connected hardware to specific apps. You can use this feature to enable or disable camera and microphone access to certain specific apps. Follow these simple steps to achieve the same on your Windows system.

  • Open the Settings app in your system.

  • Click on Privacy and Security in Windows 11. If you are using a Windows 10 operating system, you need to click on Privacy in the left sidebar.
  • Scroll down to find the camera and click on it.

  • In the right section, scroll down and find the app you don’t want to grant camera access to and disable the respective toggle button.

  • In the same way, navigate back and open Microphone by clicking on it.
  • Find the app you don’t want to grant microphone access to and disable it.

  • That is it. You have successfully disabled camera and microphone access to specific apps in your Windows 10/11 system.
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So that’s a wrap for the 3 ways to disable the built-in camera and microphone in Windows 10 and 11. If this article helped you protect your privacy, please click the Like button and share this article with your friends to keep them safe in this digital world. As always, stay tuned for more such guides.

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