How to Turn off the Record Light in a Built-in Webcam

Updated April 17, 2017

A web camera that is built into a laptop eliminates the need for a video camera accessory. You can deactivate the record light that illuminates on the laptop when the web camera (also known as a webcam) is activated by disabling the camera. The process requires the use of a built-in program that is installed in the operating system, and can be reversed later should the owner wish to again have the light go on when the camera is activated for use.

Place the laptop on a table and raise the lid so that you can see the keyboard and screen. Turn the laptop on.

Click the "Start" icon at the lower left of the screen, once the desktop has appeared. Click "Control Panel" from the pop-up menu.

Click once on "Device Manager" that is in the left column of the window that appears on the screen.

Click the "+" icon next to "Imaging Devices" to cause a drop menu to appear beneath it.

Right click on the icon of the webcam that is in the list. Select "Disable" from the pop-up menu to deactivate the webcam's light. Close the window by clicking the red "X" in the upper right corner. Shut down the laptop and close the lid.


The webcam built into a laptop requires periodic system updates in the same manner as that of an external webcam.


Covering the webcam's light with tape will leave a sticky residue when it is removed later.

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