How to get notified when webcam is activated in Windows 10

With a simple action “under the hood” we can activate the function that notifies us when the webcam is activated. Here’s how to do it.

The webcam has been a fundamental tool in the past months and, in many ways, its use will continue to accompany us for a long time. But it is still an open “window” inside our homes, so we might like the idea of ​​having more control, for example through a notification when the webcam is activated.

Usually, laptops are equipped with webcams by default .
As for the desktops, an external webcam is used to be placed on the screen.
It is a common and above all economic alternative , able to make it possible for everyone to have a camera.

The dark side of the webcam world is that it is increasingly the target of hacker attacks. Some users try to protect themselves by sticking duct tape or stickers to the camera, others even buy “lids” to be removed and applied manually. These DIY ideas work well in case the device is not equipped with that small LED that tells us when the camera is in use or not, or when the light is not working. What many do not know is that there is a very valid alternative to the light . Windows 10 is in fact able to show us a notification when the webcam is activated, similar to the system to keep the microphone under control .

How to turn on Webcam enabled notification in Windows 10

The led light that tells us if the webcam is on or off is a reliable tool.
However, it is often positioned off the screen, so it is very likely that if we are focused on what we are doing, we may not pay particular attention to its switching on or off.

Precisely for this reason Windows 10 has a notification system that makes an icon appear directly on the screen. These notifications, called OSD (On-Screen Display – OSD), could be the best solution to grab our attention .

How to enable webcam power on and off notifications on Windows 10

The Windows 10 default settings do not provide on-screen notification for turning the webcam on or off.

There is, however, a way to activate them: just follow these simple steps.

First of all, we move to the search bar that we find at the bottom left of the screen. Here we type Registry Editor and click Enter .

Once the editor is open, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE .

From the pop-up menu that will come out, click on SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ OEM \ Device \ Capture in order .

At this point, we double click on NoPhysicalCameraLED to open a window and here we insert the value 1 inside the fillable field.

Click “OK” and close the registry editor; done this, we restart the system .

Put simply, at the moment the only way to activate this feature is to “trick” Windows into believing that our webcam does not have a physical LED and therefore a different type of notification is required.

How to disable webcam power on and off notifications on Windows 10

Just like we activated the notifications for turning the webcam on or off, there is a procedure to disable everything.

To disable the notifications we will have to follow a procedure almost identical to that described above.
We open the registry editor , look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and then click (in order) SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ OEM \ Device \ Capture . Double click on NophysicalCameraLED to open the usual window and here we replace 1 with the value 0 . We click ok and close the registry editor again . Here too we restart the system .

 

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