Unlike with the Facebook Messenger app on our smartphones and tablets, where the camera and microphone are easily accessible, there are a few things that need to be done on a Windows 10 desktop or laptop PC in order for the camera and microphone to operate on the new FB Messenger app on Windows 10.
How to Turn On Camera on Facebook Messenger Windows 10
If Messenger says no camera detected…
How to Turn On Microphone on Facebook Messenger Windows 10
Facebook Messenger cannot detect Microphone
How to Turn On Camera on Facebook Messenger in Windows 10
Due to security and privacy concerns, most Windows 10 PC programs, including Facebook Messenger, are not enabled to have access to the attached generic camera or webcam device by default.
When you make a video call for the first time on your Windows 10 PC using the Messenger app, the program will usually ask for permission to use your camera. You only have to give permission the first time, and the Messenger app will not ask you again if it needs access to your camera in the future.
If you don’t see the pop-up, take the instructions below to manually grant Messenger permission to use your webcam in Windows 10.
1. Go to
Settings by searching for it via Windows 10 search bar or Cortana.
Privacy in the Settings window. Then choose Camera in “App permissions” in the left pane.
3. In “
Allow access to the camera on this device“, tap on Change and ensure the “ Camera access for this device” option is turned on.
4. In “
Allow apps to access your camera“, ensure the option is turned on.
5. Look for the
Messenger app under “ Choose which Microsoft Store applications may use your camera” and make sure the option next to it is turned on. This will give the Messenger app access to your camera.
6. After you’ve completed the steps above, try making a video call again. It should connect without prompting you for access permission again, and your camera should now be working in the video call.
If Messenger says no camera detected…
It might be a problem with your camera’s connection, a driver issue, or malfunctioning hardware. Follow the steps below to see if you have a functioning camera linked to your computer:
1. Look for
Device Manager in the Start menu and launch it.
2. Expand Cameras to see if any cameras are listed.
3. If there is, right-click it and choose properties to check if the device is operational.
If your camera isn’t shown in the cameras section, it isn’t connected or installed. Double-check that the camera is properly connected to your PC and that the camera’s driver is installed using the driver CD that came with the camera when you bought it.
To learn how to test your camera in Windows 10, read:
How to Test Webcam on Windows 10 Laptop or Desktop Offline. How to Turn On Microphone on Facebook Messenger in Windows 10
Most programs, like the camera privacy settings described above, don’t have access to your computer’s microphone by default for security and privacy reasons. You must grant Messenger app access to your microphone via Windows 10 privacy settings in order for it to record and transmit voice messages, as well as make voice calls.
To manually grant Messenger access to your microphone on your Windows 10 PC, follow the instructions below.
1. Navigate to Start menu, open
Settings by searching it.
2. Go to
Privacy > Microphone (in the left pane).
3. Tap on the
Change button in “ Allow access to the microphone on this device“. Then, tap to turn on the “ Microphone access for this device” option if it isn’t already turned on.
4. Ensure the toggle option under “
Allow apps to access your microphone” is turned on.
5. Look for the Messenger app under “
Choose which Microsoft Store applications may use your microphone” and make sure the toggle option next to it is turned on. This is done to provide the Messenger app access to your microphone.
Try sending a voice message or making a voice call in Messenger Windows 10 after you’ve done all of the above. It should now work.
In this video, we are gonna show you how to turn on Camera or Microphone on Facebook Messenger on Windows 10:
VIDEO Facebook Messenger cannot detect Microphone
When you make a voice call, Messenger displays “Couldn’t connect to your microphone,” or when you try to record a voice message, Messenger displays “Allow messenger access to your microphone.” This might be due to your microphone not being correctly connected, a driver issue, or malfunctioning hardware.
Read how to test Webcam on Windows 10 Laptop or Desktop Offline to test if it’s functioning to see whether your microphone is working.
Hope something helps you.