Fix: Skype camera is upside down

Andrew Wafer By: Andrew Wafer
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When using a portable device, such as a laptop or a tablet, we must talk about social media and chatting with your friends, family, or coworkers. So, each Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 based device offers dedicated features that can be used in that matter. One of the most popular software that is used for real time chatting or video calling operations is Skype. Because of that, during the following lines I will try to show you how to resolve a Skype-related problem: upside or inverted camera.

Actually, this issue is not caused by Skype and has nothing to do with this program. In fact the upside down camera situation is only noticed when using Skype (for example, if you use your camera only when performing video calls through Skype, it’s impossible to see how your camera is working by default) though the error isn’t related to this app.

Therefore, you can’t fix the upside down camera by changing the Skype settings or by asking assistance from the Skype community. That’s why you need to follow a dedicated tutorial which can easily take you through the troubleshooting process of your Windows 8 camera.

Easily fix Skype Upside Down Camera Issue

If your Skype camera is upside down that can be an annoying problem during video calls. Speaking of webcam problems, users reported the following issues as well:

  • Skype flip video horizontally – If your video is flipped in Skype, you might be able to fix it simply by changing a few options. According to users, the issue is usually related to your Skype settings and it can be easily resolved.
  • Skype camera upside down ASUS, Fujitsu, laptop – This problem can appear on various devices, and both ASUS and Fujitsu owners reported this problem. This is most likely caused by your drivers, but you should be able to fix the issue by reinstalling or updating them.
  • Skype camera flipped, mirrored – This is a relatively common problem with Skype, and if your camera is flipped or mirrored, you should be able to solve this problem by using one of our solutions.
  • Webcam flipped upside down – Sometimes your webcam can be flipped upside down in other applications and not just Skype. If this happens, you most likely have a driver issue, so you’ll need to update or reinstall your drivers.

There are several ways in which you can fix your upside down camera. As you will see, completing these troubleshooting methods is easy and it will only take you a few minutes to address the problem so, don’t hesitate and apply the guidelines from this guide.

Solution 1 – Check your webcam software

If your camera is upside down, the problem might be related  to your webcam software. Using your webcam software you can adjust various options such as brightness, contrast, but you can also flip or mirror your webcam.

To see if your webcam is mirrored, be sure to check your camera software. Go to Settings section and make sure that flip or mirroring option isn’t checked. After disabling these options your problem should be completely resolved.

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Solution 2 – Update your webcam driver

Update driver manually

If the previous solution didn’t work for you, I recommend you to install the latest update for your webcam right from your manufacturer’s website. If the upside down camera problem is caused by a recent update, then you should revert to the previous version of your webcam software.

Some users are also suggesting to check the hardware ID of your webcam before you update it. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Device Manager from the list.
    Skype camera upside down ASUS
  2. When Device Manager opens, locate your webcam driver and double click it to open its properties.
  3. Navigate to Details tab and select Hardware Ids from the Property list. You’ll see several values in the Value field. These values represent your drivers, and in our case, the desired driver is 1BCF&PID_0005, but this value will be different on your PC.
    Skype flip video horizontally

Once you get your hardware ID, simply visit your webcam manufacturer’s website and enter the ID you got in Step 3 in the search box. After doing that, you should be able to find the desired driver. Now you just have to download and install the driver and the problem should be resolved.

Update driver automatically

If you want to fix hardware and peripheral issues, it’s crucial to keep your drivers up to date, but downloading drivers manually can be a long and tedious process, therefore you might want to use this Driver Update software that automatically downloads and installs the necessary drivers. This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
  2. driver updater starting windowOnce installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
  3. driver updater diagnozingUpon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
    driver updater scan finished
    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some functions of this tool are not free.

Solution 3 – Use a third-party software to flip your camera

manycam presentation photo

If your Skype camera is still upside down, you can try using a third party app – Manycam. This is a free software that is easy to use and might help you solving this issue. All you have to do is to download and install this tool on your Windows 8/10 computer. Then, run the program and go to Sources > Cameras and pick your webcam. Up next, run Skype and head towards Tools > Options > General > Video settings > Select webcam and from there just pick Manycam virtual webcam. That should resolve your upside down camera problem.

    –  Download Studio version of ManyCam free version

Speaking about camera software, you can find more of them in this dedicated article. You will find some of the best camera software on the market and maybe you will choose one that will fit your needs and will help you get rid of this error.

Solution 4 – Check your camera settings in Skype

Skype has several camera options, and if your camera is upside down, it’s possible that the mirroring option is turned on. To fix this problem, you need to check your camera settings in Skype. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. When Skype starts, navigate to Tools > Options.
    Skype camera upside down Fujitsu
  3. Now navigate to Video settings in the left pane.
    Skype camera mirrored
  4. Click on Advanced tab and under Image mirror section make sure that Mirror Horizontal and Mirror Vertical options are unchecked.

Once you disable those two options, the problem with your Skype camera will be resolved.

Solution 5 – Reinstall your webcam driver

If your Skype camera is upside down, the issue might be related to your webcam driver. This is an annoying problem, but several users reported they fixed the issue by reinstalling their webcam driver. Reinstalling the driver is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Once the Device Manager opens, locate your webcam driver, right click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
    Skype camera flipped
  3. If available, check Delete the driver software for this device checkbox and click on Uninstall.
    Webcam flipped upside down
  4. After deleting the webcam driver, click on Scan for hardware changes icon. Alternatively, you can restart your PC.
    Skype flip video horizontally

Windows will now try to install the missing drivers. Once the driver has been reinstalled, check if the issue still persists.

Solution 6 – Modify your registry

According to users, if your Skype camera is upside down, you might be able to solve the problem simply by modifying your registry. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor. To do that quickly just press Windows Key + R, enter regedit and then clicking on OK or press Enter.
    Webcam flipped upside down
  2. Since modifying your registry can be a potentially dangerous task, it’s recommended to back up your registry beforehand. This is rather simple and to do that you just need to click on File > Export.
    Skype camera flipped
    Now set Export range as All and enter the desired file name. Click on Save button to save changes.
    If anything goes wrong after modifying your registry, you can easily restore it simply by running this file.
    Webcam flipped upside down
  3. Now in the left pane navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{6BDD1FC6-810F-11D0-BEC7-08002BE2092F}\0000\Settings key.
    Skype flip video horizontally
  4. In the right pane you should see a DWORD named Flip. Double click it to open its properties. If the value data is set to 0, change it to 1. On the other hand, if value data is set to 1, change it to 0. Now click on OK button to save changes.
    Skype camera upside down laptop

After doing that, the problem with flipped camera should be resolved. Keep in mind that this DWORD can be located in a different location, so you might have some trouble finding it. If you can’t find this DWORD or Key, it means that this solution doesn’t apply to you.

These are the best troubleshooting solutions to apply when noticing that your webcam camera is upside down and you can’t manage to revert it. So, now you should be able to use Skype properly without dealing with any kinds of issues (on that matter also check how to fix Skype calls don’t go through issues).

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



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