How to Repair “Discord Camera Not Working” Issue on Windows 10

Discord members often use their cameras to either video chat or broadcast their games live. Although you can change your camera settings in Discord, you usually don’t have to worry about configuration because the software automatically configures it for you (unless you need special settings or effects for your camera).

Lately, we’ve seen several reports of the webcam not being recognized by Discord for some reason. When they try to use the camera, they only see a black screen with an error message. First of all, we need to understand why this problem occurs.

What causes the “Discord Camera Not Working” error?

  • The problem can occur if your device/system’s operating system is outdated, which can cause the camera and operating system to be incompatible.
  • The camera on your system may not work if the USB ports are overloaded, because each USB port can only handle a limited number of endpoints, and if the number of endpoints exceeds the USB capacity, the error we are talking about may occur.
  • Your camera may not work in Discord if the camera driver is not properly configured, is out of date (which can cause compatibility issues between your camera and Discord), or is damaged.
  • You won’t be able to use your camera in Discord if it’s set as the default camera, as it may be used in the background by another application and be inaccessible to Discord.

How to solve the “Discord camera not working” problem?

Update your camera drivers

  1. Enter the term Device Manager in the Windows search box and open it.
  2. Expand the “Cameras” section.
  3. Right-click on your camera and select Update Drivers.
  4. Select Automatically check for drivers.
  5. If the best drivers are already installed, you will receive a notification.
  6. If the system detects new drivers to update, follow the instructions on the screen.

Disable Discord hardware acceleration

  1. Press the Windows key, type Discord, and open the first result.
  2. Click the User Settings button.
  3. Click on the Advanced section.
  4. Disable the Hardware acceleration option.
  5. Click OK to confirm.

Check the access settings in the Camera app

  1. Press Windows + S to open the search box.
  2. Enter Camera Settings and select Select applications that can access your camera to open the box.
  3. Enable the Allow apps to access your camera option if it’s disabled.

Update Windows 10 to the latest build

  1. Press the Windows key, type ‘Update’, then select ‘Check for updates’ to open the Settings app.
  2. If a build update is available, click Download and Install.
  3. Click Check for updates to download the latest patch updates if a new version of Windows 10 is not available.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Go to Settings and select Privacy.
  2. In the left pane, scroll down to the App Permissions section and select Camera.
  3. Make sure apps are allowed to use your camera.

If your webcam drivers are outdated, Discord may not be able to access and use your camera. If your webcam drivers are corrupt, you should uninstall them. If not, try uninstalling and reinstalling the webcam driver by selecting Uninstall Device in Device Manager.

Discord camera inaccessibility issues can occur if your camera is not properly connected or installed. If you see black screens in Discord when your camera appears to be available, your Discord software installation may be corrupt. Or you may be using an outdated build of Windows 10.

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