How to Turn Teams Camera and Mic On or Off when Screen Locks in Windows 11

Windows 11 with Teams app background

This article explains how to automatically turn off or on the device camera and microphone when the screen locks using Microsoft Teams in Windows 11.

The Microsoft Teams app is a communication platform that helps bring people together to get things done. Users can set up meetings, chats, video calls, communities, and more.

When communicating with Teams, by default, when your device screen locks, the camera and mic will automatically turn off. One can configure this privacy setting in the Microsoft Teams app.

Turning off the camera and microphone in Microsoft Teams when the screen locks can help protect your privacy and prevent unintended audio and video sharing. For example, if you step away from your computer during a meeting or your device is lost or stolen, you can be sure your camera and microphone won’t continue to broadcast or record.

It’s a simple privacy feature that can give you peace of mind and help you stay in control of your online communication.

Turn off or on the camera and mic when the screen locks using Teams

As mentioned above, your device camera and mic will automatically turn off when the computer screen locks.

You can change that setting to continue recording even when the computer screen locks with Teams.

Here’s how to do it.

First, launch the app by clicking the Start menu and selecting it on the All Apps list.

Turn on or off automatically starting Microsoft Teams

You can also launch the app from the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow.

Turn on or off automatically starting Microsoft Teams

The Teams mini window app will open when you launch it at first. Click the expansion button on the menu bar to open the full Teams window.

Turn on or off automatically starting Microsoft Teams

Click the Settings and more ( …) button next to your profile picture in the full Teams window and select Settings on the menu.

Turn on or off automatically starting Microsoft Teams

On the Settings page, select the Privacy tab on the left. On the right, select “Turn off my camera and mic when my screen locks.” Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable.

To turn it off, toggle the switch button back to the Off position.

Exit the Team app when you are done.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn Microsoft Teams camera and mic on or off when the screen locks on Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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