How to Enable Webcam OSD Notifications (On/Off) in Windows 10

How to Enable Webcam OSD Notification

Camfecting is a form of cyber attack that many people are not aware of. Unbeknownst to you, a malicious program or spyware will infect your webcam and record you. As a result, you should be wary of apps that use your webcam.

If your webcam is hacked, a small LED indicator light on the side of the machine will help you figure it out. It appears whenever your webcam is activated by the app. But what if you don’t have a physical indicator light on your laptop’s webcam? Or the webcam’s LED light is broken and inoperable? When the camera is recording, how do you know it is recording?

A virtual on-screen display (OSD) that acts as an emergency webcam indicator is included with the Windows operating system. When you enable this feature, Windows will notify you every time the app turns on (or turns off) your webcam. On all Windows 10 devices, webcam OSD alerts are turned off by default.

How to Enable Webcam OSD Notifications (On/Off) in Windows 10

In this guide, I will show you how to enable or disable webcam OSD notifications in Windows 10. The option to enable this feature is hidden in the Windows Registry. Here are two ways to enable the registry files that control Webcam OSD notifications in Windows 10.

Method 1: Manually Modify OSD Registry File

1. Launch dialog box Run using hotkeys
Windows + R.

2. Type regedit in the dialog box and click ok.

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3. Paste path below in the address bar Registry Editor and press Enter on your keyboard.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOEMDeviceCapture

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Find the key named NoPhysicalCameraLED. If you don’t find this key in the directory, proceed to the next step to create it. Otherwise, skip to Step 6 to change the value.

4. Right click on an empty area in the directory and select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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5. Name the newly created key with the name NoPhysicalCameraLED and press
Enter.

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6. Double click the item NoPhysicalCameraLED or right click on it and select
Modify.

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7. Change Value data Becomes 1 and click ok.

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8. Close Registry Editor.

By changing the NoPhysicalCameraLED value, you are telling Windows that your webcam does not have a special physical LED. That will ask Windows Shell to provide an alternative — an on-screen indicator — that tells you when your webcam starts or stops streaming.

Method 2: Create a Registry File Shortcut

This is a faster alternative that requires creating a text file with a registry (.reg) extension. This Registry File will serve as a shortcut that you can use to enable and disable webcam OSD notifications (on/off).

1. Open Notepad and copy the code below.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOEMDeviceCapture]

“NoPhysicalCameraLED”=dword:00000001

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2. Press Control + Shift + S to save files.

3. Give filenameadd extension .reg at the end of the filename — eg.
Enable-Camera-OSD.reg – and click Save.

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4. Double click times Registry File to enable OSD notifications.

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5. Click Yes at the notification prompt.

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6. You will get a message saying that the key and value has been successfully added to the registry. select ok to continue.

7. Continue to the next section to test the webcam OSD on/off notification.

Also read: How to Change Webcam Brightness and Contrast in Windows 10

How Webcam OSD Notifications Work

When you enable OSD notifications for camera activation and deactivation on your computer, Windows will display a warning every time the app activates your webcam. Here’s how it works.

Launch any app that needs to access your camera to work, for example, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc. You can find the full list of apps with camera access here: Settings > Privacy > Camera.

Start a test video call or meeting in the app of your choice. As soon as you enable video in the call window, or as soon as the app starts using your webcam, you will see Camera on alert in the top left corner of your PC screen.

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When the app stops using your webcam, the Camera off notification will appear and disappear in 5 seconds.

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How to Fix Webcam OSD Notification Not Appearing

If your computer is not showing Camera or webcam on/off notifications even though it has enabled OSD notifications in Windows Registry, try the following.

1. Restart Your Computer

Sometimes, the changes made to the registry may not take effect until you restart your computer. So, make sure you have changed the NoPhysicalCameraLED registry key, restart your computer, and try again.

2. Switch to Administrator Account

You cannot make changes to certain registry keys from standard or guest accounts. If you are unable to enable camera OSD notifications from Registry Editor, make sure you are logged in to Windows as administrator. open Settings > Accounts > Your Info and make sure the account has the Administrator label.

That’s how to enable Webcam OSD notifications (On/Off) in Windows 10. Hopefully this tutorial is useful for those of you who need it. Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share it with your friends too.

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