3 Ways to Fix Camera App Not Working in Windows 10

September 21, 2018 updated by Admin Leave a reply »

Can’t find or start the Camera app after Windows 10 update? If the Camera app stops working or there is something wrong, here are 3 simple ways to fix it and get the Camera app back to working.

Method 1: Change Privacy Settings for Camera App

If the Camera app is not working any more, you have to check out the privacy settings that might block the Camera app from accessing your webcam.

To do so, open the Settings app and click on the Privacy category. Select Camera under the App permissions section on the left. On the right panel, you have to turn on the setting “Allow apps to access your camera“. Scroll down to locate the Camera app and grant permission for it to access the webcam.

Method 2: Reinstall Camera App

Reinstalling the Camera app can restore anything to its initial state, and this may be the most effective way to fix the issue of Camera not working. To uninstall the Camera app, right-click on the Start button and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin). Enter the following command:
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.WindowsCamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Once you’ve done this, re-download the Windows Camera app from the Store and see if it’s fixed.

Method 3: Roll Back or Update Webcam Driver

Incompatible or outdated driver could also cause the Camera app to not function. If the problem started after recent Windows 10 upgrade, try to roll back your webcam driver to the previous version:

  1. Just open the Device Manager, right-click on your webcam device and select Properties.

  2. Go to the Driver tab and then click on Roll Back Driver.

  3. Select the appropriate reason why you want to roll back to old drivers, and click Yes.

  4. Reboot your computer and check if the Camera app is working or not.

If rolling back doesn’t work, try to install the latest driver for your webcam. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on the webcam in the Device Manager, and then select Update driver.

  2. Click the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

  3. It will download the latest version of the driver available and install it automatically. After completing the above steps, open the Camera app and hopefully this time it starts successfully.

That’s it!