Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Apps Access to Camera in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to allow or deny apps access to the camera for your account or all users in Windows 11.

Many apps and services request and use the camera, and Windows settings give you control over which apps can use your camera.

There are three types of cameras that apps and services may have access to, depending on what type of cameras come with or are installed on your device:
  • A color camera is used for taking traditional color photos or videos.
  • An infrared camera takes a gray scale (black and white) photo or video based on infrared intensity.
  • A depth camera can see the shapes of items in front of it, and how far they are from the device. For example, a depth camera can be used to recognize when a person is in front of the device.
You can choose which apps can access the camera.

If you turn on Windows Hello facial recognition, it will use your camera to sign you in even if the setting that allows apps to access your camera is turned off.

If your device comes with a camera light, the light will turn on when the camera is in use.

If your system doesn’t have a camera light, you’ll get a notification to let you know when the camera turns on or off.

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Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Camera Access for All Users in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Camera Access for All Users using REG file
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Apps Access to Camera for Current User in Settings
  • Option Four: Turn On or Off Apps Access to Camera for Current User using REG file
  • Option Five: Turn On or Off Desktop Apps Access to Camera for Current User in Settings
  • Option Six: Turn On or Off Desktop Apps Access to Camera for Current User using REG file
  • Option Seven: Turn On or Off Specific Apps Access to Camera for Current User in Settings
  • Option Eight: Enable or Disable Camera Access for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Nine: Enable or Disable Camera Access for All Users using REG file




Option One

Turn On or Off Camera Access for All Users in Settings


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on Camera on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Camera_app_permissions.png

3 Turn On (default) or Off Camera access for what you want. (see screenshots below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Camera Access for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

This is the same setting as Option One.


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


 2. Turn On Camera Access for All Users

This is the default setting to allow using Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_camera_access_for_all_users_on_device.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam]
"Value"="Allow"


 3. Turn Off Camera Access for All Users

This will disable and prevent using Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_camera_access_for_all_users_on_device.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam]
"Value"="Deny"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Three

Turn On or Off Apps Access to Camera for Current User in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on Camera on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Camera_app_permissions.png

3 Turn On (default) or Off Let apps access your camera for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Turning off Let apps access your camera, will disable and gray out Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


Microphone_access-1.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Four

Turn On or Off Apps Access to Camera for Current User using REG file


This is the same setting as Option Three.


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


 2. Turn On Apps Access to Camera for Current User

This is the default setting to allow you to use Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_let_apps_access_camera_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam]
"Value"="Allow"


 3. Turn Off Apps Access to Camera for Current User

This will disable and prevent you from using Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_let_apps_access_camera_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam]
"Value"="Deny"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Five

Turn On or Off Desktop Apps Access to Camera for Current User in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on Camera on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Camera_app_permissions.png

3 Click/tap on Let apps access your camera to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Turn On (default) or Off Let desktop apps access your camera for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Desktop apps may not always appear in the list of apps available on the Camera settings pages or might still be able to access your camera even when these settings are turned off.



Microphone_access-1.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Six

Turn On or Off Desktop Apps Access to Camera for Current User using REG file


This is the same setting as Option Five.


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


 2. Turn On Desktop Apps Access to Camera for Current User

This is the default setting.

This will also turn on the required Let apps access your camera setting in Option Three and Option Four.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_let_desktop_apps_access_camera_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam]
"Value"="Allow"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam\NonPackaged]
"Value"="Allow"


 3. Turn Off Desktop Apps Access to Camera for Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_let_desktop_apps_access_camera_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam\NonPackaged]
"Value"="Deny"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Seven

Turn On or Off Specific Apps Access to Camera for Current User in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on Camera on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Camera_app_permissions.png

3 Click/tap on Let apps access your camera to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Turn On (default) or Off the apps you want. (see screenshot below)

Desktop apps may not always appear in the list of apps available on the Camera settings pages or might still be able to access your camera even when these settings are turned off.



Microphone_access-1.png

This setting is saved to the Value string value (REG_SZ) as the Prompt (off) or Allow (on) data for each app listed as a subkey in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\webcam

Let_specific_apps_access_your_camera_regedit.png


5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Eight

Enable or Disable Camera Access for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Nine to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy

Microphone_access_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of App Privacy in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Let Windows apps access the camera policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (default) below for what you want.

5 Always Enable Camera Access for All Users

This will turn on and prevent using Option One, Option Two, Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Select Force Allow in the "Default for all apps" drop menu in Options.​

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below.​

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6 Disable Camera Access for All Users

This will turn off and prevent using Option One, Option Two, Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Select Force Deny in the "Default for all apps" drop menu in Options.​

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below.​

Microphone_access_gpedit-4.png

7 Default User-choice Camera Access

This is the default setting to allow using Option One, Option Two, Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below.​

Microphone_access_gpedit-2.png

8 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Nine

Enable or Disable Camera Access for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

This is the same setting as Option Eight.


1 Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you want.


 2. Always Enable Camera Access for All Users

This will turn on and prevent using Option One, Option Two, Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Always_enable_camera_access_for_all_users_on_device.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy]
"LetAppsAccessCamera"=dword:00000001
"LetAppsAccessCamera_UserInControlOfTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00
"LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceAllowTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00
"LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceDenyTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00


 3. Disable Camera Access for All Users

This will turn off and prevent using Option One, Option Two, Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Disable_camera_access_for_all_users_on_device.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy]
"LetAppsAccessCamera"=dword:00000002
"LetAppsAccessCamera_UserInControlOfTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00
"LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceAllowTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00
"LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceDenyTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00


 4. Default User-choice Camera Access

This is the default setting to allow using Option One, Option Two, Option Three, Option Four, Option Five, Option Six, and Option Seven.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Default_user-choice_camera_access_on_device.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy]
"LetAppsAccessCamera"=-
"LetAppsAccessCamera_UserInControlOfTheseApps"=-
"LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceAllowTheseApps"=-
"LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceDenyTheseApps"=-

5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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