How to Hide Your Camera on Skype

by Naomi Bolton
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The Skype video messaging feature is useful when you want to communicate with someone face to face. There may be times, however, when you might prefer to hide your camera, either for privacy reasons or because you want to reserve video chat to close friends and relatives only. While you could simply unplug your webcam, this is not always possible with laptops that have built-in webcams. Skype does have an option to hide your webcam if you prefer communicating with other users via text or voice chat only.

Step 1

Launch the Skype application and sign in to your account.

Step 2

Click "Tools" on the menu bar, and then click "Options."

Step 3

Click "Video Settings" on the left column, and then click the radio button next to "no one" in the "Show that I have video to" section.

Click the "Save" button to commit to the changes.


  • Information in this article applies to Skype version It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.


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About the Author

Virtually growing up in a computer repair shop, Naomi Bolton has held a passion for as long as she can remember. After earning a diploma through a four year course in graphic design from Cibap College, Bolton launched her own photography business. Her work has been featured on Blinklist, Gameramble and many others.

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