How to restrict camera access to apps

Windows 10

The arrival of Windows 10 has put a complete overhaul of the Windows operating system as we knew it. Now being associated with the Windows Phone mobile ecosystem, Windows 10 has adopted many of the features of this mobile operating system. Regardless of the mobile operating system you use, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone, applications need to request permissions from the user in order to access to the different elements that make up the device, elements with which you can obtain sound such as the microphone, capture photographs such as the camera, personal data from our contact list or tasks ...

All these elements are part of the privacy of the users and the application must, yes or yes, ask us for permission before being able to use them. The only operating system that requests permission the first time we run them is iOS. On the contrary, neither Android nor Windows Phone request it when we run any of the applications that are installed natively and there are precisely not many. Windows 10 brings us a large number of applications installed natively, and with each update there are more and more.

Restrict camera access to apps


  • We click on the start menu and go to setting (represented by a cogwheel).
  • Then click on Privacy , to check and delete which applications have access to the Camera of our devices.
  • In the right column we look for Camera and click.
  • Now we go to the left column. First of all we find the option Allow apps to use the camera. This option is enabled by default so that applications can access it. If we deactivate it, no application will be able to access it, but it is not what we are looking for.
  • Further down under the title Choose the apps that can use your camera, there are the different applications that can access the camera of our device. Some of them like Microsoft Edge or Maps like the Store does not make any sense that they have access to the camera, so we can uncheck the box so that they cannot access it.

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