Steps to disable laptop’s webcam and microphone on Windows 10

26Most of today’s laptops come with a built-in webcam that can be used for Skype’s video calls and other camera-required apps. To make sure that your video calls run smoothly, you need to have a microphone installed on your machine. Luckily, all laptops now include a built-in microphone that works perfectly with the camera.

If you are one of those who hardly use camera and microphone on your laptop, it’s best that you disable them to avoid privacy issues. In reality, some malware may hijack your webcam, forcing the camera to be enabled without your permission.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to disable your laptop’s webcam and microphone on Windows 10.

Steps to disable webcam and microphone through Device Manager on Windows 10

Device Manager serves as the quickest and easiest way to disable webcam and microphone on Windows 10. Here is how you can do that.

  1. Steps to disable your laptop’s webcam on Windows 10

Step one: First off, you need to right-click the Start button and click Device Manager to proceed

Step two: Once you are done, you simply need to click the dropdown arrow next to Imaging devices. After that, you need to right-click Integrated Camera and click Disable

Step three: Click Yes to complete the task

  1. Steps to disable microphone on Windows 10

Step one: First off, you are supposed to right-click the Start button and click Device Manager

Step two: Once you are done, you need to click the dropdown arrow button located next to Audio inputs and outputs and right-click Internal Microphone to proceed

Step three: Click Disable and hit Yes to complete the task

If you find the above-mentioned guide annoying, you can cover your laptop’s webcam. We recommend you use sticky notes or electrical tape to cover your webcam.

Also read: Steps to locate new Microsoft Edge extensions on Windows 10

Got any issues during the process? Let us know in the comments below.

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