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To disable your webcam in Windows 10



There is a more elegant method of blocking your webcam than putting a piece of tape over it. And it won't leave a sticky residue behind if you later decide you want to use the camera. With Windows Device Manager, you can easily disable and enable your webcam.


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Open Device Manager by pressing the Windows key and R key to open the Run dialog box, and then devmgmt .msc ]. Or you can just use the search box or ask Cortana to open the Device Manager.

In the list of devices, look for a line for cameras or image management devices. Click to expand that line and right-click on the device, called VGA WebCam, Integrated Camera, USB Camera or something similar. Then right-click the name of your camera and select Disable Device .

  Device Manager Disable Webcam

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That's it! Your webcam is now out of commission. To get it back, right-click it again in Device Manager and select Enable.


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