Discord has grown in popularity in recent years. It allows you to not just engage with more and more like-minded people, it also provides you with the ability to communicate with people in the same community. But, Discord video not working can lead to interrupted communication.

While Discord has now diversified its niches and outreach, it initially started as a communication (or social platform) for gamers. It was extremely popular among the gamers, enabling them to make the most out of the situation and engage in interactive conversations with the other gamers on the internet.

Besides the gaming breakthroughs, Discord also offers video communication. However, since the feature is not that profound on the platform and not many people use it, it isn’t surprising that more and more individuals face issues with the same.

This article will discuss some of the best ways you can fix the issue and ensure uninterrupted communication with the other Discord user on the other side.

Start by checking the privacy settings

If your video isn’t working, there are chances that the issue stems from the privacy settings. Ideally, you mustn’t have the privacy settings disabled because that is what contributes to the camera issues in the device. Ideally, we’d recommend that you focus on looking through the camera settings under the privacy settings because that is what causes the primary problems. 

Follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Start by Pressing down on the Window key with I and then click on Privacy
  • Navigate to “Camera” on the left panel menu
  • Under that, make sure that the “Allow apps to access your camera” option is switched on
  • If not, click on Change and switch the settings to enable the individual option
  • Under that, enable the toggle for “Allow desktop apps to access your camera"
  • Once done, close all the applications and then relaunch Discord and check out whether the camera works now or not.

Focus on the USB device

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The issue with Discord video not working can be due to the USB issues too if you are using a USB camera. If the USB ports are filled and overwhelming, it will, to an extent, affect the camera functions without any kind of warning. This is because every USB port comes with a few limitations, especially when it comes to the available endpoints. So, if there are an overwhelming number of endpoints integrated into the device, it will end up affecting the functionality of the other apps.

Here’s how you can fix the issue:

  • Start by checking the USB ports and checking whether they are working or not.
  • Once done, you need to unplug all the external devices that are connected to the device via a USB port.
  • Close all the running applications on your desktop and then reboot the device.
  • Once the system restarts again, only connect the USB camera to the port and start Discord to check if it’s working.

Close all the running apps

There are possibly hundreds of applications running simultaneously in the background that is contributing to the overall user experience. If another background application is using the device camera, chances are that it won’t be able to connect the same to Discord as well. This is where the problem lies. Also, unnecessary applications in the background are a buzzkill and will get rid of potential conflicts. 

Here’s what you should be doing:

  • Press down on Ctrl, Shift and Esc together at a time to open the desktop’s Task Manager
  • You will find a list of the background running applications in a list in the task manager
  • Select the individual app and then click on End Task. Repeat the same until you have closed all the applications.
  • Once you have closed all the background tasks, you can then reload the system and then launch Discord again to check.

Check and update camera driver

Another common issue that affects the Discord video not working is the backdated camera driver in the desktop. Lack of updates and configuration of the camera driver will result in the camera not opening with the application. So, first, check the camera driver updates and see if there are any available or not.

There are ideally two ways – Manually and Automatically.

The automatic way is likely the easier way and works predominantly well for the users.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Start by running a third-party driver updating application like Driver Easy
  • Once you have downloaded and installed the application, click on Scan Now and then wait for the app to scan the drivers for any available updates
  • Once the scan is completed, it will revert with a list of applications that need to be updated. If the camera drivers have the “Update Now” button next to it, click on the same
  • If you need to update everything, you can click on Update All and wait for the process to finish

For the manual method, you can visit the desktop manufacturer’s website and then look up the model you have and click on the drivers to look for the updates. Download and install the one that you need.

Update the system

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Sometimes, the issue is not just with the camera driver but with the whole system too. Ideally, this is where you need to update the system or the operating system that you have on your desktop. You can check your system for updates and then see whether you have received any updates or not and then go from there.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Start by opening the Settings app in your system and then click on Update and Security from there
  • Click on “Check for updates”
  • If there are any available system updates, click on the same and update the system to the latest version
  • You will have to restart the system and then open Discord to open it and check the camera settings from there

Uninstall and reinstall Discord

The last resort to fixing the Discord camera not working issue is by uninstalling and then reinstalling Discord to your system. The reinstalling process is one of the most used fixes and works like a charm. Sometimes, the corruption in the software can lead to issues with the Discord app malfunctioning. So, your best bet would be to uninstall and then reinstall the app and then launch it to check if the camera is working.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Close Discord from your background.
  • Once done, you need to open Settings and then open Apps.
  • Under that, find Discord and then click on Uninstall from there.
  • Wait for the system to uninstall the application.
  • Once done, you can clean the app date as well before you reinstall and launch the app.

If you were struggling with the Discord video malfunctioning, we hope this article gives you all the answers that you likely need. Just ensure that you focus on the markers we mentioned and follow them accordingly. This is what makes all the difference. Also, ideally, check that you are downloading Discord from the official website only. Avoid downloading the app from unwarranted websites and developers because that is what creates a lot of issues and can end up downloading the corrupt files.

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