Repair your broken Windows 10 webcam before the next video call starts!

Get ready for your next video call.

If your photos look a little unusual, or you can't get your camera working during Skype or Google Hangouts video calls, you'll need to look at the settings. Fortunately, Windows 10 has some built-in tools that you can use to troubleshoot the issues.

1. Fast webcam fixes

If you are using a USB camera, check the connection as poor connection may cause problems. Try a different port or connect the camera to a different device to test.

The other option is to restart your computer. Restarting your computer often fixes basic problems and is always worth trying before other troubleshooting.

2. How to change photo and video quality in Windows 10

The camera app has a few options that you can use to change the default settings.

  1. Search for in the Start menu search bar camera and choose the best match.

  2. Click on that the settings Icon in the upper left corner of the app.

  3. Use the drop down menus to change photos and Videos Settings according to your needs.

If you want to adjust the camera's brightness setting, switch on Expert mode. To adjust the brightness, click brightness Icon placed in the left part of the window and use the slider.

3. Use the Windows 10 camera settings

Your camera may no longer work due to your privacy settings. To enable access, you should configure which apps can access your camera.

  1. Right click Start> Settings> Privacy

  2. Below App permissions, choose camera.

  3. Use the toggles to choose which apps can access your camera.

4. Use Device Manager to check for camera driver issues

Windows 10 may have trouble recognizing your camera. To fix it, follow the steps below:

  1. Enter in the search bar of the Start menu Device manager and choose the best match.

  2. Open that Image capture device Menu.

  3. Check that your camera is in the Image capture device Menu.

  4. If you can't find your camera, click action > Scan for hardware changes. When the scan is complete, try the above steps again.

If your camera shows up in Device Manager and is not working, check and update your drivers.

Get your Windows 10 camera working again

Configuring or repairing your camera's settings may not interest you until it stops working properly during an important video call. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, schedule a video call with a friend. If something isn't working properly, try the solutions listed here to resolve the issue.

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