How to test your webcam on windows 10 or 11

In this guide on how to kiểm tra a webcam in Windows 10, we’ll show you the quick và easy way lớn make sure that your camera is connected and ready to lớn record.

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With COVID-19 having forced millions of us to lớn start working from home, more people than ever can benefit from buying one of the best webcams.

However, you don’t want lớn enter an important virtual meeting only to lớn discover that your webcam isn"t capturing video clip and audio correctly. By testing your webcam first, you can be sure it’s good to go.

Testing a webcam is actually the easy part: all you need is the Windows 10 Camera app, which comes pre-installed with the OS. We’ll walk you through this process in the steps below.

Troubleshooting webcam problems might require a more hands-on approach. If you’re not getting a picture, make sure that the camera is plugged in properly (if it’s a wired model) or that a privacy shutter isn’t covering the lens.

If it doesn"t seem lượt thích audio is being picked up correctly, you might not have the right đầu vào device selected — you can change devices in the Sound section of Windows 10"s settings.

How to test a webcam in Windows 10

1. Open the Camera app. The easiest way to vày this is to lớn press the Windows key to xuất hiện the Start menu, then type the word “camera” until the ứng dụng appears in the tìm kiếm results.

You can also mở cửa the Start menu & scroll through the A-Z apps danh mục until you find the Camera app.

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If your webcam is capturing video clip correctly, you should see the camera view immediately in the app.

To make sure the webcam is capturing audio as well, click the record button (a round white button with a đoạn phim camera icon), record for a few seconds, then click it again lớn finish recording.

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3. To check your recording, click the Camera Roll shortcut in the bottom-right corner of the Camera app & play the video from there.

If the recording plays back with both đoạn clip and audio, your webcam is working.

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If you don’t have a conventional webcam and either can’t or don’t want khổng lồ use your phone, theire are other alternatives. Be sure to kiểm tra out our guides on how khổng lồ use your camera as a webcam, & how to use your GoPro as a webcam.

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James is currently Hardware Editor at Rock Paper Shotgun, but before that was Audio Editor at Tom’s Guide, where he covered headphones, speakers, soundbars and anything else that intentionally makes noise. A PC enthusiast, he also wrote computing & gaming news for TG, usually relating to lớn how hard it is lớn find graphics thẻ stock.

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