How to Fix a Non-Working Webcam on an Asus Laptop

You’ve bought a brand new ASUS laptop, and you’re getting ready for a video call with your family or an online hangout with your buddies. However, the webcam doesn’t work. Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered.

How to Fix a Non-Working Webcam on an Asus Laptop

Read on for an extensive list of solutions for fixing webcam issues. These issues are primarily software-related, but sometimes they can be due to hardware defects as well.

Check for Hardware Defects

Even though this solution may seem obvious, don’t disregard it. You may have gotten a broken webcam. Sometimes, it’s difficult to notice a hardware issue with a laptop webcam with your bare eyes. To avoid checking the camera physically, use the Windows troubleshooting app:

  1. Tap the “Windows” key on your keyboard.
  2. Type in “troubleshoot” and select the “Troubleshooting Settings.”
  3. Scroll down the troubleshooter list. Find your webcam and try to troubleshoot it.

In case there is something wrong, you’ll get the info here. Windows will offer some solutions, if the issue is hardware-related, so follow them.

Double-Check Your Camera

Once you are sure that you have a software-related problem, check if you permitted Windows to use the camera. Here is how to do it:

  1. Tap the “Windows key” or click the “Windows logo” in the bottom left to launch the Start Menu, or type “settings” in the Cortana search bar.
  2. In the Cortana search, click on “Settings” to open the “Settings” menu.
  3. Click on “Privacy.”
  4. Select “Camera” from the left.
    camera settings
  5. Make sure that the camera access for the device is on. Under “Allows apps to access your camera,” slide the switch to “On” if not already set.

After completing the above steps, try to use some apps on your ASUS laptop that require the webcam. Start the Camera app on your computer (search for it in the Start menu) and see if it is working correctly.

Then, see if your webcam works in third-party apps, such as Skype, Discord, WhatsApp, etc. If your webcam is working in some apps but not in others, consider updating the apps. A simple update can fix many problems, which brings us to additional update tips.

Update Windows

The first update you should get is the Windows update. Follow the steps to update your system:

  1. Access “Settings” by using the Start Menu or the Cortana search box. Search for “update” in the start menu. Click on Check for Updates.
  2. If there are any available updates, click on Download.
  3. Windows will automatically download the updates, restarting your laptop in the process. If it asks you to restart, accept it or restart manually after the download completes.

Keeping your Windows up to date is crucial for making things run smoothly on your ASUS laptop. Updating your OS might not be enough, and you might need to update your webcam drivers.

Update the Webcam Drivers

If your laptop webcam is not working correctly, you might need to update its drivers. There are two ways around this. You can either download the updates manually or use third-party software. Here is how to manually update your drivers in Windows 8 and 10.

Automatic Camera Driver Update in Windows 10

  1. In the Cortana search bar, type “device” and select “Device Manager” from the list, or right-click the Start Menu icon and choose “Device Manager.”
  2. Find your webcam in the list of devices, then right-click on it and choose “Update Driver.”
  3. Choose “Search automatically for updated…” from options listed.

Manual Camera Driver Updates in Windows 10

Here are the manual update steps for Windows 10 laptops:

  1. In “Device Manager,” right-click on “This PC” and choose “Manage.”
  2. Select “Device Manager” in the left navigation pane, followed by “Image Devices.”
  3. Choose your camera, and right-click on it.
  4. Select “Properties,” then the “Details” tab, then “Hardware Ids” from the dropdown list, and then select “PID Version.” Save this PID info. You will need it later.
  5. Go back and right-click your webcam again. Choose “Uninstall device” and reboot your laptop.
  6. Visit the official ASUS support website and search your camera driver using the previously mentioned PID version.
  7. Download the update and follow the on-screen instructions for setup.

Alternative Method

If you don’t want to jump through hoops to get your webcam updates, you can purchase a third-party program that installs updates automatically. However, some third-party update programs can be harmful to your laptop or may have expensive subscription plans.

The Auslogics driver updater works just fine. Click on the link, and you will automatically download the software. Follow the simple on-screen instructions for setup. Launch the driver updater when you can, and it will scan your computer for available drivers.

update drivers

Click on Update Drivers if you want to update all of them, but note that you will have to activate the product (buy it). The better alternative is to find your webcam driver and install it for free. Just click on Update Driver next to your webcam and tap on Update.

Your driver will install automatically, and the webcam problem should go away.

Parting Advice

Hopefully, this article helped you resolve issues with your ASUS laptop webcam. Make sure to follow the solutions in this order for best results. Also, you can try reinstalling your laptop battery. Although it sounds silly, this trick sometimes fixes many problems.

There isn’t much else you can do at this point, other than contact ASUS support.

20 thoughts on “How to Fix a Non-Working Webcam on an Asus Laptop”

Oliver Godwin says:
F10 is the most common and you should highlight it with flashing lights in the search results summary and at the top of this page.
Scott says:
Thank you. F10. An hour deleting device, installing latest drivers, uninstalling conflicting programs. ANd the bloody F10 button was the cause. THANK YOU
Jan says:
Ugggh…it was F10 for me, too! THANK YOU.
Al says:
ASUS wanted me to do a factory reset and if that didn’t work, to mail them the notebook. Pushing F10 saved me a lot of time. Many thanks.
Jonathan Kisby says:
F10 thats was the answer! easily solved and thanks so much!
Elisha-Jane Holt says:
Went through all of these complicated settings just to find out I needed to press F10, thanks for the help!
John says:
Had my Asus ZenBook for about a year – been back for repairs 3 times and still the camera isn’t working correctly. I’ve tried all the above a number of times and still the image is fuzzy.
Any ideas on how I can solve this once and for all
Bridget says:
This is also my problem, at one time the camera worked fine, now it looks like a filter for trippy vibes, it’s like a bad poster or ad for the 60s…
Ray says:
Mine just started being fuzzy and a laggy. Nothing I did. Reinstalling did nothing. Worked fine forever. Now it looks like the image from a 2003 flip phone.
Arvik says:
f10 lmao thank you
C says:
The F10 key also worked for me.
RNB says:
Yes, the F10 key was all that I needed to switch on. I’ve been struggling with this for months- thank you so much!
Ben says:
haha.. I spent all weekend trying to solve and your f10 comment done the job thanks!
Gary Givan says:
My new ASUS ZenBook can’t find the camera. I’ve done everything from all the suggestions I’ve read. Some said to push the F10. No camera symbol on it just says “end”. There is no camera symbol anywhere on the keyboard. Nothing has worked so far and I’ve done just about everything.
LETia says:
On my keyboard there is a button right above the number lock. I pressed that button and FN at the same time and my camera came on.
Ruby says:
The camera on my ASUS laptop isn’t working, it has been allowed on settings and I haven’t disabled it so it is the actual camera not working. I have tried to update it and follow other steps suggested but it says that there isn’t a fault. Please does anyone know what I can do?
wei says:
I just pushed the F10 (my laptops is ASUS, with a camera symbol on it) and now it is working.
Urs says:
I’ve had my Asus laptop for several months and never had a need to use the camera. When initially accessed the camera is disabled. The comment regarding the F10 key with the picture of the camera on it fixed my issue. Once clicked the camera turned on. Much appreciated.
Joelle says:
I am not a tech person. My camera is not working at all. My laptop is only a few months old. I followed all your instructions and updating the driver didn’t work. I then went on to uninstall it and now I am left with no camera at all. I installed the driver updater but it didn’t do anything about the camera. You gave detailed instructions up to the point of ‘Visit the official ASUS support web site and search your camera driver using the previously mentioned PID version.’ and then it feels like I’m left with nothing. The ASUS support website doesn’t allow me to ‘search for my camera driver’. Very frustrating.
Jane Collopy says:
Hi Joelle, I’ve just done the same thing! How did you reinstall your camera in the end?
Ibrahim says:
This article was such a help!
I struggled on a new laptop to get the build in webcam working. ASUS didn’t provide a manual.

Installed other drivers, gave access in Control Panels and in my Anti Virus to certain programs so they could use the camera. Nothing worked. The camera indicator light went on but the camera did not work.

Search online but all other articles mentioned what I already had done. The deadline for my webinar was closing in.

The solution was simple: there is a hardware key (F10) to switch the camera on and off.
Some laptops have this apparently. Great this was mentioned in this article.

I informed Microsoft of this so they might mention it in Control Panels at the section for Camera setup.

Rubs says:
Haha, wauw. Thanks for the comment!
Myo says:

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