Security is one of the things that should be wielded at everywhere, in every time by everybody. Predominantly, when you have online possessions, you should always be careful about different things. Although, different online account providers provide different security benefactor to the users but still we have seen many people being melancholic for losing accounts.
Laptop Webcam is such a thing that should be secured by every owner. You can do numerous things to make your webcam protected from different vulnerabilities. You may have several problems and reasons behind the step to deactivate laptop webcam. If you think that your webcam is as otiose as your laptop’s touchpad, you can simply disable it. On the other hand, if your kid often uses your laptop’s integrated webcam to capture random photos and record videos, here is the best solution to you.
You do not have to download any third party software to turn your webcam off. This trick has been tested on Windows 8.1. However, you can try the same trick on Windows 7, Windows 8 as well as Windows 10.
Also, you should know that this trick works for integrated webcam only. There is no assurance if it would help you to disable external webcam or not. On the other hand, there is no need to make use of Groups Policy Editor or Registry editor to get things done.
How to disable laptop webcam?
This is very easy and not yet much time-consuming to complete the following steps.
At first, open Device Manager, which is already comprised in your Windows PC. You can open it from Control Panel. This is also possible to open the Device Manager window with a shortcut. Press Win + R, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter.
Within the Device Manager pane, you will get Integrated Webcam under Imaging devices. Just right click on that and select Disable.
You will get a popup as follows:
Just confirm it to complete the guide.
FYI, if you have a USB webcam, you will get the option something like the following picture;
(As elaborated above, there is no guarantee whether the above-mentioned change will impact on USB webcam to deactivate it successfully or not.)
How to re-enable webcam on any laptop?
If you think that you need your laptop webcam for any reason after disabling it, you can follow this step. This is also very straightforward. You do not have to use any third-party tool either. Just navigate to the same place in Device Manager, right-click on Integrated Webcam, select Enable.
That’s it! Hope this little trick would help you a lot.