How Do I Turn Off My Camera On Windows Or Mac

Do you want to turn off the camera on Windows or Mac? In the WhatsApp or FaceTime era, almost every android device has a camera that enables you to communicate or chat with others. MacBooks or Windows laptops are no different, but the built-in cameras can carry their own risks that we can’t ignore.

If your computer or Mac is ever compromised, then your camera feed could be recorded and can be used anywhere. Besides risk your privacy or security, you can fully turn off the built-in webcam on macOS or Windows devices. Here’s how to:

Turning Off The Camera On macOS Or Windows

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There is not a built-in choice to turn off the camera on your Mac completely, but you can also revoke access to it.

If you want to do this:

Step 1:

Just tap the Launchpad icon on your Mac Dock.

Step 2:

Then locate and tap to input System Preferences.

Step 3:

Then head over to the Security & Privacy menu.

You’ll then view a list of installed software with access to your camera that will appear at the bottom of the Camera tab.

Step 4:

If you want to revoke access to any of the apps listed, then tap to unmark the checkbox located next to the entry.

Step 5:

You might want to hit the lock icon located in the bottom-left before you can make modifications, providing your password or Touch ID credentials to enable access.

Step 6:

In some cases, this is enough to limit access to your camera. You can also restore access at any time by tapping the checkbox located next to an app entry to re-enable access to it.

If you’re still tense or worried, you can also install/download and use the OverSight app to check and notify you of any app that tries to access your microphone or webcam.

Turning Off Camera On Windows

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Besides macOS users, it becomes quite simpler to turn off the camera on a Windows PC. Before you do this, you must check what software is recently using your camera.

If you want to do this:

Step 1:

All you need to do is to right-tap the Start menu icon and then tap Settings.

Step 2:

From here, tap Privacy > Camera.

Step 3:

You’ll then view a list of apps with your camera access that will appear at the bottom of the Allow desktop apps to access your camera section, with information on when those applications last accessed your camera.

Step 4:

You’ll then view a list of Windows UWP apps with camera access that will appear at the drop-down of the Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your camera section.

Step 5:

You can tap on the sliders located next to each app to turn on or off the camera access.

Step 6:

If you want to turn off all access to your camera. Then tap the Change button under the Allow access to the camera on this device section, then tap the slider to turn off the Camera access for this device option.

This should turn off camera access for all UWP apps or some most (but not all) desktop software. If you want to fully turn off your camera, you’ll have to turn it off in the Device Manager.

Step 7:

From your Windows desktop, right-tap the Start menu button and then tap Device Manager to access the list of all attached devices.

Step 8:

Now head over to the Device Manager window. Then tap to open the Cameras category. If your camera is not listed here, try to Imaging Devices category.

Step 9:

If you want to turn off your camera, right-tap on your camera device present under either category, then tap the Disable device option.

Step 10:

Windows might ask you to confirm whether or not you like to turn off the device. Then tap Yes to confirm.

Step 11:

Once confirmed successfully, Windows will turn off your device. If you ever want to restore it, right-tap the entry in Device Manager and then tap the Enable device option.

Of course, if you’re still anxious that your operating system isn’t keeping the camera disabled, you can always try to cover it up with a small piece of tape.

Improving Security & Privacy On Windows Or macOS

Turning off your camera is the best precaution, but you must think about other methods to improve your security or privacy on Windows and macOS devices. If you’re a Windows user, try to keep your Windows PC protective while you’re out and about.

macOS has a good reputation for security, but it isn’t perfect. Besides using the Trash, consider securely removing files on Mac rather than to protect any confidential files from being recovered.


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