How to enable camera on/off OSD notifications on Windows 10

Laptops rarely come without a built-in webcam. The quality of the camera can vary depending on the price of the device but it will still be there. Desktops usually use an external webcam but they are common and affordable to assume that most desks will have one.

The unfortunate thing about webcams is that they are often the target of hack attacks. Some users can tape over their cameras, or use covers to control it manually. This works well if the small light that indicates that the camera is in use or not is coming on.

Camera on / off OSD messages

While the camera’s LED light is usually reliable, it will sit outside the screen and you may not notice it turning on if you are aiming at the screen. That’s why an on-screen display (OSD) message might be better for getting your attention.

By default, Windows 10 does not display OSD notifications for when the webcam turns on or off. To enable it, you need to modify the registry.

  1. Tap on the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter regedit and tap on the Enter a key.
  3. go to this key: HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftOEMDeviceCapture
  4. Double click an NoPhysicalCameraLED value.
  5. Enter 1 in the value data box.
  6. Click OK, and close the registry editor.
  7. Restart your system.

Camera OSD messages

The camera OSD notification will not be enabled for all applications that use the webcam.

  1. Open the an app that can use the webcam eg Skype or Microsoft Teams.
  2. Start a call or go to the app’s settings to preview the webcam.
  3. You can see the an alert telling you that the camera is on.
  4. Make the call or options screen and you get an alert tells you that the camera is now off.

Disable OSD notifications

If you ever decide that you no longer need an OSD notification for when the webcam is on or off, you can turn off those notifications by editing the recording.

  1. Tap on the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, apply regedit, and tap on the Enter a key.
  3. go to this key: HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftOEMDeviceCapture
  4. Double click an NoPhysicalCameraLED value.
  5. Set a value to 0.
  6. Restart the system.

Conclusion

The modified NoPhysicalCameraLED value in the table to enable the OSD notifications is there if the webcam you are using does not have an LED signal when it is on or off. When your webcam does not have this LED signal, this value is enabled to compensate for it. It is very useful for outdoor webcams that do not always have a light on / off signal.

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