So, you are in the middle of chatting with your channel members on Discord and suddenly you are faced with the error, “discord video not working.” Sounds like a pretty bad situation, doesn’t it? Well, be assured that the problem is fixable and will probably need a few tweaks here and there.

Discord video not working

However, with most discord videos not working, the common issue is physical damage to the camera. You have to check if that is the issue with your device or not. If not, then you have to route to the other complications and fix them accordingly.

This post will walk you through all the top fixes to resolve the discord camera not working for you.

Sort out the privacy settings

One of the most common reasons why you are facing issues of discord video not working is due to privacy settings. You have to ensure that your camera settings have access to Discord to be able to connect when you are switching it on. Not having that will prevent you from switching on the camera via discord.

Here’s what you can do to fix the issue:

  • Navigate to Settings on your desktop and then click on Privacy from there.
  • From there, scroll down to the Camera that is available on the left side of the screen.
  • You then need to enable the “Allow apps to access your camera” option
  • Also, click the Change button and ensure that the camera access is switched on
  • Under that, ensure that you allow the desktop apps to access your camera
  • Once you have changed the settings, you then need to close Discord and then relaunch the app.
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Sometimes, you might have to uninstall Discord and reinstall it to your desktop to check if the problem persists or not.

  • Kill the background apps

Sometimes, if an application is using your desktop’s camera app in the background, it can lead to showing the discord video fail. Also, since Discord is quite a memory-intensive application, we’d recommend that you get rid of all the unwanted applications in the background to free up enough space so you can use the Discord app comfortably.

Ideally, you can close individual applications manually or you can End the task from the Task Manager. 

The latter is more efficient and saves you a lot of time than you anticipates. Also, it is time-saving as well, which is a benefit too.

  • Update your camera drivers

Sometimes, your camera’s software is so outdated that it doesn’t blend in well with the latest software that Discord is built in. If that is the issue, the easiest fix for that is to update your camera drivers.

Also, if your camera driver isn’t properly configured, it can lead to delays and complications along the way, something that you most definitely don’t want to experience at all.

There are different ways to update the camera drivers. You can do it manually if you know the steps. If not, you can do it automatically. We’d recommend the latter because it is a lot simpler and doesn’t require you to do anything.

  • Check for available system updates

Another issue that can cause the discord video not to work is outdated system software. In such cases, the configurations could be outdated or there could be issues with the existing firmware.

Also, installing the new update ensures that you can fix the bug issues that you are likely experiencing. You can check if there are any available system updates in your System Settings.

You can navigate to Update and Security and then check if you have any available system updates there. If there are updates, make sure you download the update and then reboot your computer.

Open Discord did and check if the problem persists. Ideally, we’d recommend you close any open background applications and only open Discord after refreshing the system.

  • Uninstall and reinstall discord

Hands down one of the most common tried and tested methods to fix the discord camera issue are by uninstalling your application and then reinstalling it.

This is a trick that we have been using for years in the end and something that will be effective till the end of time. Sometimes, common software issues can lead to simple complications like the one with the camera not working.

In that case, you can uninstall your discord app from the desktop and try opening it from the browser once. You can also reinstall and then reopen the discord app from your desktop to check if the problem is still persistent. 

  • Wait it out

Sometimes, issues with the desktop, like the device freezing or becoming unresponsive can be a reason why your discord camera isn’t working.

In that case, we’d recommend that you wait for a few minutes and see if things get back to normal. If they don’t, you’d want to switch off the laptop and then restart it to check again.

If the issue was with the desktop, restarting the device should fix the issue immediately.

Discord video not working

Discord video not working is quite a common issue that several users face from time to time. If you are in the same boat, we’d recommend looking through all the tips mentioned here. Also, avoid reaching out to discord support directly before you try out the tips because sometimes, the issue is with your device and not with discord’s servers.