SOLVED: Lenovo Camera Not Working (Shows a line through it)

The users of many Lenovo laptops that were running on Windows 8 or 8.1 reported an issue with their webcams in which they would not display any picture or video, especially in applications such as Skype, but the green light on their laptops which indicated whether or not the webcam was on would be lit up. It may also show a line through the camera (as seen below). This basically means that the webcams of such users would not work even though, according to their indicators, they were turned on.


The webcam is a pretty integral part of a laptop, especially in this day and age where video chatting with friends and family and even using the webcam on your laptop to take a look at yourself and fix your hair is extremely common. Seeing as though that is the case, this issue is a pretty significant one.

How to fix Lenovo Camera not Working

How to turn on Lenovo camera on my Lenovo laptop? This situation addresses the scenario where the camera is not working on your Lenovo laptop and the steps listed below are used to turn it on.

Lenovo camera not working Windows 10:  This error refers to the problem where your camera is not working with the operating system installed being Windows 10.

Lenovo Yoga 720 camera not working: The laptop model Yoga 720 is known to cause problems with the inbuilt camera not working. This primarily occurs because of the default privacy settings in place which we will change later on.

Solution 1: Changing camera privacy (Settings)

Well, if you are affected by this issue, fret not as this issue is caused by the silliest of things – your laptop’s webcam being set to Private mode in the Settings. Since that is the case, all you need to do in order to fix this problem and get your Lenovo laptop’s webcam working again is to set the webcam to Normal mode and here’s exactly how you can do so:

  1. Open the Start Menu by simple pressing the Windows Logo key on your keyboard.

2. Click on Search in the top right corner of the Start Menu.

3. Search for “Settings”. NOTE: This is not PC Settings, it is Lenovo Settings that you need to open.


4. Click on the search result named “Settings”. This search result will have a gear icon beside it.

5. Locate and click on Camera to launch the settings for your Lenovo laptop’s webcam.

6. Under the Settings section, you will see that your webcam is set to Private Click on Normal to set your webcam to Normal mode,

lenovo camera

7. and you should start seeing whatever your webcam sees under the View section almost immediately after you do so. If you do start seeing video under the View section, the issue has been fixed and you can exit the Settings.

Solution 2: Changing camera privacy (Lenovo Vantage)

Lenovo Vantage is a set of program utilities which enable users to perform maintenance tasks and access settings. It consists of a single console which enables users to access various tools and perform different tasks on the computer. If you have newer laptops, you might not see the Settings as shown in the solution above. You can try this fix and see if this solves the problem.

  1. Press Windows + S, type “Lenovo Vantage” in the dialogue box and open the application from the results. The application is mostly installed by default. If it isn’t installed, you can download it from Microsoft store. Once the application is installed, skip all the features which are displayed on the window unless you want to use them.
  2. Now navigate to Hardware settings > Audio/Visual.
  3. Once in the settings, navigate to the bottom of the screen where you will find the camera privacy mode. Turn it off and restart your computer
  4. Now check if the problem is solved.

Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.