How to Take a Photo with the Windows 10 Camera App

By Andy Rathbone

Most tablets, laptops, and some desktop computers come with built-in cameras, sometimes called webcams. You can use the Windows 10 Camera app to snap a quick headshot photo for use as an account photo on your computer, Facebook, or other websites.

To take a photo through your computer’s camera with the Camera app, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start menu, click the Camera tile to open the app.

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  2. If the app asks permission to use your camera and microphone or location, decide whether to click Yes or No.

    As a security precaution, Windows asks permission to turn on your camera. That helps prevent sneaky apps from spying on you without your knowing. If you’re using the camera app, then click the Yes button to give it permission.

    The program might also ask for permission for your location to stamp your photo with its location information. That’s handy to have when traveling, but it can be an invasion of privacy when at your house or that of a friend.

    After you grant approval, the computer screen turns into a giant viewfinder, showing you exactly what the camera sees: your face.

    If your computer or tablet includes two cameras (usually one in front and one in back), you can toggle between them by clicking the Change Camera icon, shown here.

    Choose your camera's options and then click the Camera icon for a snapshot or the Video icon for a

    Choose your camera’s options and then click the Camera icon for a snapshot or the Video icon for a movie.
  3. Click the Camera icon to snap a photo or click the Video icon to begin recording a movie. (Click the Video icon again to stop recording.)

The camera app saves all your snapped photos and videos in a folder called Camera Roll in your Pictures folder. However, if you chose to use OneDrive when setting up your Microsoft account, your built-in camera’s photos is also backed up on OneDrive.