I've plugged in a USB camera to computer and have opened the Camera app. How do we switch from the built-in webcam to the USB camera?


Unintuitively, the icon in the upper left that looks like it's meant to switch between your front and back camera will also cycle through your other attached cameras. At least, this worked for me on a Surface Pro 4 (front and rear camera) with a USB Microsoft LifeCam attached. The Camera application's version is listed as 2018.227.30.1000.

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  • This worked for me on a Lenovo laptop with a built-in webcam and an add-on USB microscope. – Rob Cranfill Nov 8 '18 at 0:17
  • In my WIN10 Camera app, the cycle camera icon is in the upper right. Upper left is a Settings icon – majikman Jan 3 at 23:29
  • Worked for me. The icon was on the upper, right-hand corner. But worked as you described. – jamesnotjim Apr 2 at 19:59

From http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/camera-app-faq:

  1. Open the Camera app.

  2. Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the app commands. (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)

  3. Tap or click the Change camera button.

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    That works for Windows 8 but not for 10. – Shaun Luttin Apr 30 '16 at 20:19
  • Actually, it works for me in Win10. But the camera you want to switch to has to be attached before the app will offer to change cameras. Otherwise, you will not even see the option. – vknowles Apr 5 at 17:54

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