Need to know how to fix Windows 10 camera problems on your notebook, desktop or tablet? They sound like a small issue, but sudden camera issues can be very frustrating when you’re just trying to get something done, so keep reading to find out how to fix these common issues.
Almost every Windows 10 PC has a camera today. Notebooks and desktops have a front-facing camera so that you can video chat with friends and family. Tablets and convertibles often have a second camera so that you can take a picture of the world around you. When all is well, both types of cameras work flawlessly with the Windows 10 Camera app and any other app that needs camera access.
Windows 10 Camera problems can make you less productive or miss capturing an important moment. Owners of Windows 10 laptops may attempt to connect to a conference call, only to realize that their device’s camera isn’t working. The same thing can happen on the Surface Pro 4 and other tablets when someone tries to use their rear-facing camera. Some users get an error message every time they open the Camera app to capture photos and video.
Here’s how to get your device’s camera working properly and fix Windows 10 camera problems.
Setting Camera App Permissions to Fix Windows 10 Camera Problems
You must give an app permission to access any camera or sensors inside your PC. Most of the time, this process is painless because apps that require camera access will ask you when you open them. It’s very easy to miss the pop-up window for the request, though. And without the proper permission, apps show just a black screen.
Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
Tap or click on the cog on the left edge of the Screen Menu or Start Screen to open the Settings app. You can also access the Settings app from the Action Center. Just swipe left from the right side of your device’s touchscreen. Next, tap on the All Settings shortcut at the bottom of the Action Center.
Tap or click on the Privacy icon inside the Settings app. It’s in the third row and has a padlock icon.
Tap or click on Camera in the menu on the left side of your screen.
There’s a switch at the top of the Camera area. If it’s set to off, tap or click on it to turn it on.
Each app you’re trying to use with your device’s camera must also have explicit permission. Use the app list at the bottom of this area to make sure your most used apps, like Instagram and Facebook, have the camera access they need.
Switching & Closing Apps to Fix Windows 10 Camera Problems
Often, Windows 10 camera problems are due to users having more than one app open that needs access to the camera at the same time. For example, if you’re opening an app that requires Windows Hello sign in, the Camera app can’t take access from that app to let you take a photo.
When this happens to you, close every app you have open that might have access to the camera. Next, switch back to the app you’re trying to use. Close that app and reopen it again. If this doesn’t fix the camera not working, restart your Windows 10 PC from the Start Menu.
Change Your Camera Settings to Fix Windows 10 Camera Problems
Sometimes an app can access your device’s cameras, but not reset the camera’s settings so that you have a bright, clear photo. If this happens to you, go to the Start Menu, and open the Camera app from the alphabetical list on the left side of your screen.
Click the controls at the top of the Camera app. Now, use the controls to change the brightness and contrast. Close the Camera app and open the app you were trying to use the camera with.
These fixes should help you solve any Windows 10 camera problems you have. Gotta Be Mobile will continue to add new problems and fixes to this breakdown as new issues surface.
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