Discord is one of the best hybrid media apps out there. Initially embraced by the gaming community, it has gained popularity in various industries, particularly cryptocurrency.

With Discord, you can engage in chat, voice, video, and conferences with your friends.

To maximize your Discord experience, a functional camera with decent specifications is essential.

However, what should you do if your webcam stops working in Discord? Numerous Windows users have shared their frustrating experiences with the Discord Green Screen Camera Issue.

Read this article for tips, fixes and workarounds to enable your webcam to work on Discord. But before that, it might interest you to know the possible reasons why the green screen happens in Discord.

Why Is the Camera Showing a Green Screen in Discord?

Many theories have been given for why the green screen often appears when a user tries to use the camera in Discord.

The bug doesn’t have a fixed cause, as the origins of the error depend on the peculiar circumstances of each affected PC.

Broadly, these are some common reasons why the error appears when it does:

  • System camera settings. If the system hasn’t granted permission to use the camera, any attempt by the Discord app will result in errors like the one we’re talking about. Whether this affects just Discord or every app depends on the specific nature of the disabled permission.
  • Corrupted installation. You can guess if a Discord installation is corrupt if it starts giving random errors and glitches that others aren’t getting. This cannot be ruled out as the cause of the green camera screen error.
  • Driver errors. A missing, broken, obsolete or incompatible camera driver can cause the green screen to appear in Discord and other applications. This results from improper rendering because the driver is faulty in some way.
  • Hardware acceleration. If some normal programs that don’t require a lot of resources are routed to the GPU, this can cause problems. Generally, the CPU is capable enough to handle the webcam and a program like Discord. So, if the camera or the app is still sent to the GPU, it can cause a green screen error.
  • Camera selection. If the camera is already in use elsewhere, Discord might be unable to access it. The same error can happen if the camera you want to use and the camera Discord selects are not the same. Though rare, it’s also possible that a USB webcam isn’t compatible with Windows or Discord.

These and many more reasons can cause the camera to become unusable in Discord.

How to Fix the Discord Green Screen Camera Problem

Here are some fixes for the green camera issue that have worked for many users. The list is not exhaustive, but each of these fixes has worked for at least one person, so feel free to apply them to your situation.

Fix 1: Restart Discord

Some errors are nothing major but the result of a little bug in the application or system. A restart or refresh can clear away the cobwebs and restore the program in question to full working order.

A restart entails closing the app completely and launching it again, while a refresh means renewing its contents.

Either way, the objective is to eliminate whatever is causing the green camera issue, and this method has proven effective for many users.

  • To restart the Discord app, click the upward-facing Show Hidden Icons icon on the taskbar.
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  • Right-click the Discord icon, and select Quit Discord. Wait for a few seconds, and then start the app again.
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  • To refresh Discord, press Ctrl + R while you’re in the Discord window.

If this doesn’t work for you there’s still a lot of solutions to come.


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Fix 2: Tweak privacy settings for the camera

With Windows 10, Microsoft went big on privacy and security. Now, users can control which apps get access to important hardware like the camera and microphone.

You can even block every app from using the built-in camera totally if you want.

With respect to the current topic, if Discord doesn’t have access to the camera, you will likely get the green screen whenever you start a video call.

You can go into settings to check if camera access is granted for all apps and then enable access for Discord if necessary.

  • Hit Windows + I to open Settings.
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  • Navigate to Privacy > Camera and check that the Allow apps to access your camera toggle is set to On. If not, enable the setting.
  • Locate Discord under Choose which apps can access your camera and turn on camera access is needed.
  • Reboot the system now and check that the camera is working fine in Discord.
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Also Read: [FIXED] Discord Installation Has Failed Issue on Windows 10/11


Fix 3: Run Discord in Administrator Mode

When a program acquires administrator permission, it gains access to files restricted by the system. This can help to avoid issues like the green camera screen on Discord.

Strictly speaking, Discord doesn’t need admin rights to run properly on your PC.

However, this workaround has helped many to eliminate the green screen during video calls, so you might as well give it a shot.

As long as you’re using the official Discord app, giving it elevated access rights shouldn’t harm your computer.

  • Hit the Windows key and type Discord into the Search panel.
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  • Right-click Discord in the search results and select Run as administrator.
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The camera should work properly now if the app needs admin rights. Broadly speaking,

Microsoft has tightened Windows security using protected system resources like the internal mic or camera.

Giving Discord admin rights might be the only way to ensure that the camera works properly all the time.

  • To grant Discord permanent admin rights, right-click its desktop shortcut and select Properties. If there’s no desktop shortcut, navigate to the Discord folder in C: Program Files, right-click the Discord executable, and select Properties.
  • Switch to the Compatibility tab of the Discord properties window and tick the checkbox beside Run this program as an administrator.
  • Hit the Apply and OK buttons to save the change.

Does the Discord camera work fine now that admin privileges have been secured?

You can try the next solution if the camera interface still displays the annoying green hue.

Fix 4: Use a different camera

This type of error often occurs in camera-using programs when multiple cameras or apps are in play.

Most systems come with an internal webcam. However, some users might prefer an external webcam because it is better in quality or flexibility.

On the other hand, Discord might not be the only running program that requires access to the camera.

If another app, either open or running in the background, is using the camera, Discord might not be able to use it as well, causing the green screen.

In the first scenario of multiple cameras, you can try the internal webcam if the USB cam isn’t working for you and vice versa.

  • In Discord, click the cog icon in the bottom left corner to open the Discord Settings page.
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  • Click the Voice & Video tab under App Settings on the left-hand pane of the Discord Settings window.
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  • The Voice & Video tab will list your current camera under Video Settings.
  • If multiple cameras are connected to your system, click the drop-down arrow under Camera to select a different camera for Discord.
  • Click the Test Video button in the preview box to test-use the chosen camera. If everything is fine, exit the Settings screen.
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If another app that needs the camera is open or running, first figure out your PC’s default camera and use the steps above to choose another camera for Discord.

The other app is probably using the system default camera — in most cases, this is the internal webcam — so just choose a camera that isn’t in use.

This method might be a bit tricky if you wish to use the default camera instead.

In that case, you can change the system’s default camera to the one you don’t want to use.

The other apps will start using that camera, thus freeing up the one you want to use with Discord:

  • Hit the Windows key and type cpl. Hit Enter to launch the Control Panel.
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  • Set the view mode in the Control Panel to Category.
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  • Select View devices and printers.
  • Right-click the camera you want the system and apps to use from now on and select Set this device as default.
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Disable other cameras

If Discord keeps reverting to the internal webcam even though you’ve previously selected an external camera, you can disable all the other cameras and force the system and apps to use the only one that remains available.

  • Hit Windows + X and select Device Manager.
  • Locate and double-click Imaging Devices.
  • Right-click the camera you want to disable and select Disable Device.
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When you fire up Discord again, it will use your preferred camera. If this still doesn’t solve the green screen issue, you can try the workaround below.


Related: What Is Camera Roll on Windows PC and How to Manage Saved Pictures?


Fix 5: Update or reinstall the camera driver

If the green screen error in Discord happens when an external webcam is in use, it might be because the camera driver is missing, corrupt or incompatible.

Most, but not all, USB cameras automatically install a dedicated driver during the first connection.

If you’re using one that didn’t install a driver, this might cause the error. There’s no driver to use, and the generic Windows driver might not be suitable.

A corrupt driver can also cause some features to stop working.

If you recently upgraded to Windows 10 or a later build and the camera driver became incompatible, this error can happen, too.

In all these cases, the solution is to reinstall or update the driver. Reinstalling can fix a corrupt driver, and updating the driver can fix compatibility issues.

Here’s how to reinstall the driver for your camera using native Windows resources:

  • Hit Windows + X and select Device Manager.
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  • Locate Camera, Cameras, or Imaging Devices. The specific term will vary. Double-click the item to expand it.
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  • Right-click the problematic camera device and select Uninstall device. When the pop-up shows up, click Uninstall.
  • Reboot the system so Windows can reinstall the driver during startup.
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If the camera still isn’t working in Discord, you can try updating it to see if that helps.

If you have an internet connection, updating the webcam driver on Windows is easy meat.

  • Open Device Manager and expand the section that contains your camera device(s).
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  • Right-click your device and select Update driver.
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  • On the next screen, select Search automatically for drivers or Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • After the update is done, reboot the system.
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If this doesn’t work (Windows might falsely tell you that your current driver is the latest version), you can manually update your driver by visiting the device manufacturer’s download page.

Choose a driver suitable for your device and system version and install it like a normal software app.

PRO TIP

If you’d rather avoid the stress of looking for the correct driver yourself or wish to update additional drivers, such as the one for the graphics card, a third-party app like Auslogics Driver Updater will be handy.

It will categorize all your drivers according to whether they’re up to date, and you can swiftly update the obsolete ones with a click of a button.


Also Read: [EASY GUIDE] How to Update Device Drivers on a Windows 10 PC?


6. Check the USB Connection

If you’re using a USB webcam, check that the USB is properly connected and getting enough power.

Errors like the one under discussion can arise due to USB connection overloading.

Each port on your computer can handle several endpoints, and anything beyond that means the ports are overcrowded.

  • Close Discord from your taskbar. Check the system tray and close it there, too. Open Task Manager and end all processes related to Discord.
  • Unplug all USB devices and reboot the system.
  • After logging back in, plug in the USB camera alone to a port that doesn’t have any problems. Preferably, this should be a USB 3.0 port. Now, test the camera and see if the green screen is gone.
  • Test all the ports this way until you find one that works or figure out that the ports aren’t the problem (by testing other USB devices).

Related: How to fix “USB Composite Device can’t work properly with USB 3.0”?


Fix 7: Apply the latest Windows updates

You should regularly update your operating system to exploit the latest bug patches and security fixes.

Microsoft has a regular update cycle, especially for small security updates that fix known bugs.

You may be able to solve whatever is causing the green camera screen in Discord this way.

  • Open Settings and go to Update & Security > Windows Update.
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  • Click Check for updates, and Windows will automatically download the latest updates.
  • Reboot your computer to enable the installation of these updates.
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Check whether the issue is resolved.


Related: Ultimate Guide: How to Manually Check and Install Windows Updates


Fix 8: Close other programs that use the camera

What if you’re getting the green camera screen in Discord because another application uses the camera?

This can happen only if the internal webcam and another program are used.

You may have to close that other program first to enable Discord to access the camera.

Skype, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and YouTube are examples of desktop apps that also use cameras.

If you’re used to running multiple apps like these on Windows, you should check that one isn’t running in camera or upload mode.

Close Discord and the other program(s) completely. Open Task Manager and end every running program that can use the camera.

Wait a minute, then relaunch Discord and check that it can use the camera without a green color.

Fix 9: Turn off hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration speeds up your computer by sharing the load between your CPU and the dedicated graphics card.

Unfortunately, this can cause issues when the webcam or a normal program like Discord is routed to the GPU.

Disabling hardware acceleration for Discord can fix this problem.

  • Open Discord and click the Settings cog in the bottom-right corner.
  • Select Appearance on the left side tab.
  • Head over to the right, scroll down and set the Hardware Acceleration toggle to Off.

Check that the camera issue is rectified.


Related: What Is Hardware Acceleration and Should You Disable It in Windows?


Fix 10: Rapid-click the Discord camera

Some users on the Discord forum discovered an unconventional solution to fix the green screen that covers the camera feed in the Discord app.

This involves rapidly clicking the camera button a few times until the green screen disappears.

Several users who tried out this method reported that it worked. You will need to be fast with your clicks.

Rapidly clicking on and off four times should be enough, but you can keep at it for a few more rounds till you get the desired result.

One potential downside: You might need to repeat this action each time you launch Discord and want to make a call. Still, it’s better than nothing, right?

Fix 11: Try the web version of Discord

If the camera isn’t working for you and you’re in a hurry, you can use the web version of Discord for that pressing video call.

Everyone who has reported getting the green screen issue on the desktop client reported that switching to the web version didn’t turn up the same issue.

Discord on the web can also access your camera, so you can use this to test whether the camera is the issue.

If everything works fine, you can focus your troubleshooting on other areas.

However, if the camera doesn’t even work on the web, you might have to switch to another camera.

Fix 12: Reinstall the app.

After reaching this point, you might still be looking for how to fix the Discord green screen/camera not working error because the issue lies with the Discord installation.

It’s not unheard of for some features of an app to work even when the installation is corrupt.

Some parts of the app won’t work or won’t work as well, though; this might be what’s happening with the Discord green screen if every avenue so far has failed to resolve the problem.

You can try uninstalling Discord and then installing it anew. You can do this from Settings or the Apps & Features section of the Control Panel.

From Programs & Features:

  • Type cpl into the Search box and select Control Panel.
  • Set the view mode in the Control Panel to Category and select the Uninstall a program link.
  • Locate Discord in the list of programs. Right-click it and select Uninstall.
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From Settings:

  • Use Windows + I to launch Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps > Apps & Features.
  • Locate Discord in the list of apps. Click Discord and select Uninstall.
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If you downloaded Discord from the Microsoft Store, search for it from the Start menu, right-click the app when it appears in the search results, and select Uninstall.

The next step is to remove all leftover files.

  • Open Run with Windows + R, type %appdata% in the Run field, and click OK.
  • Locate the Discord folder in the Roaming folder. Right-click it and hit Delete.
  • Open Run again and run the %LocalAppData% command.
  • Find Discord in this folder and delete it too.

After this, reboot the computer and install the program back.

You can find it in the Microsoft Store or visit the official Discord download page to download and install the latest version of Discord. This should hopefully fix the camera issue.


Also Read: Clean Up Windows 10: How to Uninstall Programs and Delete Unnecessary Files


Conclusion

These are the best fixes for Discord’s green camera issue. The webcam itself may be bad, so verify with another app first.

Poor connections can cause issues with external webcams. Check the connection and port, and consider using a different USB cable.

If nothing works, consider using System Restore to restore the Discord app to a previous state without this issue. Of course, this option is only available if restore points exist.

Discord and similar apps tend to prioritize the built-in webcam, even if you prefer the connected camera.

Disabling the internal camera via Device Manager should force Discord to use the plugged-in alternative.

Hopefully, one of the fixes we’ve covered here will be the magic pill that cures your issues with using a camera in Discord.

Let us know what worked for you by commenting below so other users can shortcut to the same fix and try it first.

FAQ

Discord’s green screen camera issue can occur for various reasons, such as outdated graphics drivers, conflicting software, incorrect camera settings, or hardware compatibility issues.

Several potential solutions exist to fix the green screen camera issue on Discord.

You can try updating your graphics drivers, disabling hardware acceleration, resetting Discord settings, checking camera permissions, or using a different camera device.

To update your graphics drivers, visit the manufacturer’s website for your graphics card (e.g., NVIDIA, AMD, Intel) and download the latest drivers for your specific model.

Alternatively, you can use driver update software, such as an Auslogics Driver Updater, to automatically detect and install the latest drivers.

Hardware acceleration is a feature that offloads certain tasks to dedicated hardware components for faster performance.

To disable it on Discord, go to User Settings > Appearance and toggle off the “Hardware Acceleration” option.

To reset Discord settings, open Discord, go to User Settings > Appearance, scroll down to the “Advanced” section, and click on the “Reset to Default” button.

Remember that this will revert all your Discord settings to their default values.

To reset Discord settings, open Discord, go to User Settings > Appearance, scroll down to the “Advanced” section, and click on the “Reset to Default” button.

Remember that this will revert all your Discord settings to their default values.