Enable Windows Webcam notifications

Almost all modern computers have web cameras with special LED indicators that let you know that the camera is working and watching you. Below we will see how to enable camera privacy alerts in Windows 11.

webcam cover

To improve the security of devices without indicators, Microsoft created a system notification that shows whether the camera is on or off. But this particular camera privacy feature should be enabled manually through the Windows 11 Registry Editor.

Let's see how it works:

Search for “Registry Editor” or “Registry Editor” and open the application.
Alternatively, press the Windows key + R together to open Run. Then type “regedit” and press Enter

In regedit, follow the path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE - SOFTWARE - Microsoft - OEM - Device - Capture

If you can't find the Capture key, you'll need to create it by right-clicking on the Device key and selecting New – Key. Name the new key “Capture”.

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Inside Capture, find the NoPhysicalCameraLED value on the right side. If you can't find it, right-click on the empty area and select New – DWORD (32-bit Value).

Name it “NoPhysicalCameraLED”.

registry file

Finally, open the NoPhysicalCameraLED value by double-clicking on it and set the value to 1.

camera windows

If the value is 0, it means that the privacy indicator of the camera is disabled.

Click OK to confirm, and restart your computer.

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After the process is complete, a “Camera” indicator will appear every time the camera is turned on or off to let you know the current status. Changing the value in regedit does not affect the LED.

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