How To Turn Off The Camera On A Skype Video Call
Last Updated: January 30, 2021
Are you uncomfortable in using your camera during your Skype calls? Or are you trying to limit background distractions during your meetings? In any case, you can always turn off your video feed during a call. If you can’t find the option to do so, don’t worry, we’re here to help you. Follow our quick guide below to learn how to disable the camera on Skype.
There are a lot of possible reasons why people don’t want to use the video on their Skype calls. Some feel uneasy showing their face on the camera, others try to limit background distractions, while others might want to protect their privacy.
In any case, you can always turn off your camera during group or individual calls. When you do, other participants won’t see any video feed coming from your end.
Whether you’re using Skype on your computer or mobile device, you can find the option to disable the video at the bottom of the call window. But if you’re new to the app and you can’t find the button to turn off your camera, we got you covered.
How to turn off the video on a Skype call
If you don’t want to use video on your Skype calls, you can turn off the camera on the call window. You can use this feature if you don’t want to show your face or background to the other call participants.
Whether you’re using Skype on your desktop or Android phone, you can easily toggle the video on your calls with a single click. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do it from both devices.
On your computer:
- Launch the Skype desktop app or web browser client and sign-in to your account.
- Join an existing video call or start a new one on the Calls tab or from one of your chats.
- Once you’re inside the call, click the camera icon at the bottom of the window to turn off the video feed.
Note: As a shortcut, you can press Ctrl + Shift +K on your keyboard to toggle the camera on and off.
After turning off your camera, the only thing other participants can see from your end is your profile icon. However, they can still hear you if you didn’t turn off your audio.
If you’re using Skype using your Google Chrome browser, you can prevent the app from accessing your camera before joining a call. You can even block the site from using your camera indefinitely through your Privacy settings.
- Launch the Skype app on your app drawer and sign-in to your account.
- Join a call or start a new one from a chat conversation or the Calls tab.
- Before joining or during the call, you can toggle the video by tapping the camera icon at the bottom of your screen.
Note: Skype automatically hides your call options after some time. To access them, tap your screen once.
If you want to disable the video for all your Skype calls on mobile, you can block the app from accessing your camera through your Settings. To do so, navigate to Settings > Apps > Skype > Permissions and deny camera access for the app.
How to use background effects on a Skype call
If you’re turning off your camera to limit distractions during a call on Skype, you can choose to customize your background instead. You can use blur, pre-uploaded images from the app, or upload one from your device.
To blur or customize your background during a call on the desktop app, click More options (three-dot icon) > Choose background effect. If you can’t find the button to do so, your device’s processor might not be powerful enough to support the feature.
You can also apply your background settings to all of your calls. To do so, go to Settings > Audio & Video and choose the effect you want to use.
To wrap it all up
Although using the camera can improve your experience in calling your friends, family, and workmates, not everyone is fond of the feature. Some find it uncomfortable showing their faces online, while some want to protect their privacy.
So if there are times where you don’t want to use videos on your Skype calls, you can toggle off your camera from the call options. In this way, only your profile icon is visible to the other participants.
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