Can’t find webcam in Device Manager? Use this quick fix


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Windows 10’s Device Manager usually lists webcams under the Imaging devices category. However, some users have stated that they can’t find their webcams in Device Manager.

Thus, their webcams, or even all image devices, are missing. Consequently, those users can’t utilize their webcams in Windows 10. This is how users can restore webcams in Device Manager.

What to do if Imaging Devices are missing in Device Manager

  1. Open the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
  2. Turn On the Webcam in Windows 10
  3. Update the Webcam Driver
  4. Manually Add the Webcam to Device Manager
  5. Reset Windows 10

1. Open the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter can fix issues pertaining to Windows devices.

That troubleshooter might provide a resolution for restoring a missing webcam.

Follow the guidelines below to open Hardware and Devices.

  • Press Cortana’s Windows key + Q hotkey.
  • Input the keyword ‘troubleshoot’ in the search box.
  • Click Troubleshoot to open the Settings window as in the shot directly below.

  • Press the Run this troubleshooter button for the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.

  • Then users can go through the resolutions presented by the troubleshooter. Select the Apply this fix option for the resolutions provided.

2. Turn On the Webcam in Windows 10

It might be the case that the Allow apps to access your camera setting is off. Consequently, apps can’t utilize the webcam. This is how users can turn the Allow apps to access your camera option on.

  • Open Cortana in Windows 10.
  • Enter ‘camera settings’ in the search box.
  • Click Camera privacy settings to open the window in the snapshot directly below.

  • Then toggle the Allow apps to access your camera setting on if it’s off.

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3. Update the Webcam Driver

It might also be the case that the webcam’s driver is missing, antiquated, or corrupted. The quickest way to fix a webcam driver issue is to add the freeware Driver Booster 6 to Windows. C

lick Free Download on Driver Booster’s webpage to save the setup wizard and install the software. Then launch Driver Booster 6, which will automatically scan. Press the Update Now button if the scan results include the webcam that’s missing in Device Manager.

4. Manually Add the Webcam to Device Manager

Users can restore the missing webcam in Device Manager by selecting the Add legacy option. That option opens an Add hardware wizard with which users can install devices.

Follow the guidelines below to manually add the webcam.

  • First, users will need to open Run with the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  • Input ‘devmgmt.msc’ within Run’s Open text box and click OK to open Device Manager.

  • Then click View > Show hidden devices.
  • Click Action and select Add legacy hardware to open the window shown directly below.

  • Press the Next button.

  • Select the Install hardware that I manually select from a list option, and click the Next button.
  • Select Imaging devices and click Next.
  • Thereafter, select the webcam that’s missing from Device Manager; and press the Next button.

  • Restart Windows after adding the webcam.

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5. Reset Windows 10

Some users have also confirmed that reinstalling Windows 10 restores a missing webcam. Reinstalling Windows 10 is relatively straightforward thanks to the Reset this PC utility.

This is how users can reinstall Windows 10 with Reset this PC.

  • Enter the keyword ‘reset’ in Cortana’s Type here to search box.
  • Click Reset this PC to open the window in the image directly below.

  • Click Get Started to open the Reset this PC utility.

  • Select the Keep my files option.
  • Then click Next, and select the Reset option.

At least one of the resolutions above will probably restore missing webcams in Device Manager for most users. Then users can utilize the webcams once again.

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