Fix camera/webcam not working after Windows 10 1803 and 1809 update

With Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update) and version 1809 (October 2018 Update), Microsoft changed the behavior of camera app access setting so that it affects desktop applications as well.

To fix this do the following:

1. Go to Windows settings and select Privacy.

2. Select Camera and switch on the “Allow apps to access your camera” toggle.

3. Restart those applications where you’ve wanted to use the camera/webcam.

4. (Optional) To block apps access to camera you will have to toggle camera off for each app. You will have to do this after each new app you install.


  1. Brad22 Jun 2018 @ 09:44

    Also go to apps & features, then to camera, click on advanced options, and make sure your camera & microphone are on in there.


  2. Nick19 Jul 2018 @ 20:28

    My system has the “allow apps” turned on. The camera video works, but trying to use the webcam software (Orbit/Sphere AF) clicking on the Webcam Controller button does not open the controller. However, if I click the “Motion Detection” button and select “Controls” I do get a control “box” and can control pan/tilt/zoom.


  3. ed28 Oct 2018 @ 04:17

    sounds like we’ve been hung out to dry my microsoft on this issue



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