Most laptops, and all laptops come with a built-in webcam that lets you run video chats, face recognition for login authentication, and so on. Due to the widespread use of these webcams, they have always been a target for hackers to record and steal personal information. To avoid these unexpected usage scenarios, the developers have included a small LED next to the webcam that illuminates while the webcam is running. But is it really safe?
Turn off Webcam in Laptop
To disable the webcam module on your computer, we will use the Device Manager tool in Windows. First, press ” Win + R “, type
devmgmt.msc and press Enter button to open Device Manager. If you are using Windows 8, just press “ Win + X ” to open the Power User menu and select the option “ Device Manager ”.
In Device Manager, find “Imaging Devices” and double click on it to display the option “ Integrated Webcam ”. If you are using a webcam with a USB key, the name of the device should be something like ” USB Camera “.
Note: Depending on your webcam, the webcam module may also appear in other Device Manager locations such as System Devices, Universal Serial Bus Controllers, etc.
Now right click on ” Integrated Webcam ” and choose the option ” Disable ” to completely disable the built-in webcam or USB attached on your computer.
At this point, you will get a warning message that the target device will stop working. Since this is what we want to accomplish, click the “ Yes ” button to finish the process.
When the webcam is disabled, Device Manager displays a small arrow icon next to the webcam module that visually displays the device being turned off.
If you want to re-enable the built-in webcam, just open Device Manager, right-click on the webcam module and select the option “ Enable “.
That’s all there is to do, and it’s simple to completely disable an integrated webcam or USB-included without messing with a whole lot of DIY tools. Of course, if you want a simple software that can do all this with just one click then try turning on WebCam. The good thing is that the software is portable and it just works without any unnecessary settings.
Hope that helps, and do comment below share your thoughts and experiences on how to use this simple trick to completely disable your built-in webcam.