Webcam not working on Lenovo laptop

Often the cause of a webcam not working on Lenovo laptop can be due to hidden feature called Camera Privacy Mode. This feature switched your in built camera off to aid against malicious attacks. This feature can be disabled by following the steps below.

Windows 8

  1. Open the Windows start menu.
  2. Search for “lenovo” and click Lenovo Settings. If you do not have Lenovo Settings, install it from the Microsoft Store.
  3. Select the CAMERA tab at the top.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of settings, and change the Privacy Mode to Off.
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Windows 10

  1. Open the Windows start menu.
  2. Search for “lenovo” and click Lenovo Vantage. If you don’t have Lenovo Vantage, install it from the Microsoft Store.
  3. Click Hardware Settings > Audio/Visual.
  4. Scroll down and switch the Camera Privacy Mode toggle to Off.
    Note: If the Camera Privacy Mode keeps changing to On, check if your Lenovo laptop has a physical switch to enable or disable your camera. Make sure it is switched to the on position.
lenovo vantage camera privacy mode

You can also on newer versions of Lenovo Vantage click the Camera quick shortcuts button to On under the dashboard section. This also applies to the microphone.

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