If your device comes with a camera light, the light will turn on when the camera (webcam) is in use.
If your system doesn’t have a camera light, you’ll get a notification to let you know when the camera (webcam) turns on or off.
You can also look in Settings > Privacy & security > Camera to see which apps are currently using your camera or have recently or previously accessed your camera. If an app had accessed your camera, it will have a last accessed time stamp to let you know when.
Find out how to change privacy settings for your camera and microphone in Windows.
If wanted, you can clear the camera last accessed history by Windows apps (Microsoft Store apps) and desktop apps.
This tutorial will show you how to clear the camera last accessed history by apps for your account in Windows 11.
EXAMPLE: Camera last accessed history by apps
Settings > Privacy & security > Camera
Click/tap on the download button below to download the Clear_camera_last_accessed_history_for_current_user.bat file.
(Contents of BAT file for reference)
@echo off :: Clear Microsoft Store apps last accessed history Powershell -Command "Get-Item -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam\* | Remove-ItemProperty -Name LastUsedTimeStart -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue" Powershell -Command "Get-Item -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam\* | Remove-ItemProperty -Name LastUsedTimeStop -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue" :: Clear desktop apps last accessed history Powershell -Command "Get-Item -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam\NonPackaged\* | Remove-Item -Recurse -Force"
Save the BAT file to your desktop.
Unblock and run the BAT file.
You will now see a command prompt quickly flash open and close to run the commands to clear the camera (webcam) last accessed by apps history.
You can now delete the BAT file if you like.