How to Manage Webcam Settings on Windows 11

If you make video calls on your computer via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or any other video service, and the brightness and contrast aren’t the best, you can adjust these and other settings through the device settings picture in Windows 11.

However, the available settings depend on the capabilities of the device. For example, in addition to brightness, contrast, and rotation, some cameras may include the option to use high dynamic range (HDR) or eye contact functionality which allows the system to project your face as if you were looking directly at the camera. .

In addition, through the “Privacy and security” settings, you can allow or deny access to the camera.

This guide will walk you through the steps of managing camera settings in Windows 11.

How to Configure Webcam Settings on Windows 11

To manage webcam settings on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Bluetooth and devices.
  3. Click it Cameras page on the right side.

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  1. Under “Connected cameras”, click on the webcam installed on the computer.

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  1. Use the Brightness setting to adjust the brightness of the camera.
  2. Use the Contrast Setting to adjust the contrast of the device.
  3. (Optional) Use the Video rotation adjustment to rotate the camera right 90, left 90, or 180 degrees.

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After completing the steps, the settings will automatically apply to the camera.

If you want to revert to the default changes, you can use the same steps, but on step 5click it Reset options button.

How to Disable Webcam on Windows 11

To disable a camera in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Bluetooth and devices.
  3. Click it Cameras page on the right side.

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  1. Click it Disable button.

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After completing the steps, the webcam will be disabled, but it will continue to be installed on the computer.

If you want to reactivate the device, you can use the same instructions, but on step 3click the Enable button next to the webcam.

How to fix common webcam issues on Windows 11

If the camera isn’t working, Windows 11 includes a specially designed troubleshooter to automatically detect and fix other issues.

To troubleshoot camera issues in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Bluetooth and devices.
  3. Click it Cameras page on the right side.

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  1. Click it Troubleshoot button.

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  1. Continue with the on-screen wizard to repair the camera.

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After you complete the steps, the troubleshooter prompts you to answer some questions to run diagnostics and apply fix-based answers.

How to Control Webcam Privacy Settings on Windows 11

To allow or deny users and applications access to the webcam, follow these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Privacy and Security.
  • Click it Camera page on the right side.

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  1. Activate or deactivate the Access to the camera toggle switch to allow or deny users access to the webcam.

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  1. Enable or disable the “Allow apps to access your camera” toggle switch to allow or deny users access to the webcam.
  2. (Optional) Turn off the toggle switch for apps you want to restrict access to the camera.

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Once the steps are completed, the camera will be available to users and applications depending on your configuration.

More resources

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