Skype Error: Your Webcam Is Being Used by another Application Windows 10

skype webcam is being used by another application windows 10

You feel like to use Skype, and when you turn to video with someone, something went wrong and the Skype your webcam is currently used by another application on Windows 10. You are unable to use the camera on your PC.

While if you are running Windows camera applications, there is much need for you to find out which app is using your webcam. You can see sometimes the webcam is not only being used by other programs but also disconnected on Windows 10.

Regarding your camera being used by another app issue, this article will mainly help you fix this error by way of checking webcam settings, updating webcam driver, removing annoying third-party antivirus software, and reinstall Skype app.

What to do When Skype Your Webcam Is being Used by another Application Windows 10?

Now that Skype says the camera is being used by another application, you might as well attempt to check in task manager if there are any program is open and has not closed correctly, thus occupying webcam on Windows 10.

If you find except Skype, no more application is using the camera, maybe more measures should be taken to fix the Skype webcam error.

Solutions:

1: Uninstall the Problematic Software

2: Let App Use Your Camera on Windows 10

3: Update the Webcam Driver

4: Delete Skype Shard.xml file

5: Reinstall Skype Application

Solution 1: Uninstall the Problematic Software

according to the reports, maybe some applications have just prevented you from using the camera in Windows 10 Skype.

1. Go to Task Manager and you are qualified to see all the running programs obviously (use the combination key Ctrl + Alt + Delete to go to the Task Manager).

applications running in task manager

Here you can find what is using your webcam, making your camera is unavailable in Skype Windows 10.  If it keeps occupying the camera, you would better manage to remove it from your PC.

2. Then open Control Panel, locate Uninstall a program under Programs.

uninstall a program

Here when you could not find out Uninstall a Programs, decide to View by Category.

3. In Programs and Features window, scroll down to pinpoint the erroneous application and then right click it to Uninstall it, such as Avast, AVG, etc.

uninstall vlc media player

You can restart your PC to take effect. And when you boot up again, open your Skype and try to use the camera again to see if Skype will tell you that your Cam is being used by another application Windows 7 or Windows 10.

Solution 2: Let App Use Your Camera on Windows 10

You should set to allow Windows 10 software to use your webcam. In this case, you will not notice Skype says your webcam is currently being used by another application or not connected on Windows 10. Sometimes, when you have disabled this choice, Windows 10 would get confused and prompts you the misunderstanding error message that the camera is being used by another application.

Now get to make the camera usable on your PC.

1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Privacy.

privacy

2. Under the Camera tab, choose to turn On the open to Allow apps to access your camera.

allow apps to access your camera

3. Then scroll down this window, under the option Choose which apps can access your camera.

choose which apps can access your camera

Locate Skype and switch it on to let it use the camera when necessary.

Possibly, your webcam is always available for you on Skype on Windows 10.

Solution 3: Update the Webcam Driver

Usually, the camera driver corruption can also lead to the webcam not working in Skype error. Maybe it cannot be used due to the problematic driver, instead of being used by another application on Windows 10.

So it is suggestible that you struggle to get the up-to-date webcam driver in Windows 10 in Device Manager or from the official site of your camera.

1. Open Device Manager.

2. Expand Cameras and then right click the camera driver to Update driver.

update driver in device manager

3. Then determine to Search automatically for updated driver software.

search automatically small

After a while, you will have updated the camera driver with the help of Device Manager.

Now you can try to start Skype and use the camera again. If Skype your webcam is being used by another application Windows 10 persists on your PC, just manage to use the camera in other applications to see if there the camera error exists.

If you find you can only meet with your webcam is currently being used by another application Skype Windows 10, maybe the problem lies in the Skype application. So in the next two ways, you are to fix Skype issues so as to remove your camera is being used by another application Windows 10.

Solution 4: Delete Skype Shard.xml file

This file belongs to Skype. And it is said deleting it from your PC can be helpful when there is something went wrong with Skype.

You should delete this shard.xml file for a moment to check if it works for the unusable camera in Skype.

Before you do that, make sure your Skype is closed on Windows 10.

1. Press Windows + R to elevate the Run box and then enter control folders in the box. Then hit OK.

control folders in the run box

2. Then under View tab, In Hidden files and folders, tick the circle of Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Then hit Apply and OK to save changes.

show hidden files folders drives

In this way, you can find out the Skype Shared.xml file on Windows 10.

3. Then Double click This PC to open this program.

4. In this PC, locate the Shared.xml file and then right click it to Delete it from Windows 10.

delete shared.xml file

Now if you have deleted this Shared.xml file on Windows 10, it is likely the error Skype webcam is being currently used by another app will not come to you again.

Solution 5: Reinstall Skype Application

As your last resort, if your camera is being used by another application in Skype remains in Windows 10, it is time that you tried to remove the Skype from your PC and then install it again.

Uninstalling Skype is rather foolproof, just like solution 1 to uninstall the third-party software, you can uninstall Skype in Control Panel.

In Programs and Features, find out Skype and right click it to Uninstall it from Windows 10.

Once you get rid of Windows Skype, you are to download and install a new Skype from Microsoft site.

When the new Skype booted, try to use the webcam in it. You can see the camera error disappeared.

To sum up, with regard to the question that what to do if webcam says it is being used by another application Windows 10, you can find the answer here easily.

 

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