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How to enable or disable Audio, Video, and Screen Capture in Edge


There are times when websites ask for audio, video, or screen capture permission in whatever browser you are using. Here is how you can enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in the Edge browser. Let’s say you do not want to disallow video calls while using the Microsoft Edge browser. To do so, you have to block at least two things – audio and video capture. Similarly, if you want to turn off the screen-sharing facility, you can do that too.

You can change this setting using the Registry Editor and the Local Group Policy Editor. If you use the GPEDIT method, you need to download the Group Policy templates for the Edge browser. If you use the REGEDIT method, don’t forget to backup all Registry files.

Enable or disable Audio, Video, and Screen Capture in Edge using GPEDIT

To enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge, follow these steps-

  1. Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter button.
  3. Go to Microsoft Edge in the Computer Configuration.
  4. Double-click on the Allow or block audio capture setting.
  5. Select the Disabled option.
  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Open the Allow or block video capture and Allow or deny screen capture settings.
  8. Select the Disabled option.
  9. Click the OK button.

To learn more about these steps, keep reading.

At first, you have to open the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. For that, press Win+R, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter button. Once it is opened, navigate to the following path-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge

Here you can find three settings called:

  • Allow or block audio capture
  • Allow or block video capture
  • Allow or deny screen capture

To block audio capture, double-click on the first setting. Similarly, if you want to turn off video or screen capture, double-click on the second or third setting, respectively.

Now, select the Disabled option and click the OK button.

Next, if you want to allow a particular site to show the permission prompt, here is how you can set that up.

For that, double-click on the Sites that can access audio capture devices without requesting permission or Sites that can access video capture devices without requesting permission.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

Select the Enabled option and click the Show button.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

Next, enter the desired website URL and click the OK button twice to save the change.

If you want to revert all the changes, open the same settings, select the Not Configured option, and click on the OK button.

Turn on or off Audio, Video, and Screen Capture in Edge using REGEDIT

  1. Search for regedit in the Taskbar search box.
  2. Click on the individual result.
  3. Select the Yes button.
  4. Navigate to Microsoft in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
  5. Right-click on Microsoft > New > Key.
  6. Name it as Edge.
  7. Right-click on Edge > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  8. Name it as AudioCaptureAllowed or VideoCaptureAllowed, or ScreenCaptureAllowed.
  9. Keep the value data as 0.

Let’s delve into these steps in detail.

At first, you have to open the Registry Editor on your computer. For that, you can search for regedit in the Taskbar search box, click on the individual search result, and select the Yes option.

Next, navigate to the following path-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

Here you have to create a sub-key. To do this, right-click on the Microsoft key, select New > Key, and name it Edge.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

Next, right-click on the Edge key, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it as AudioCaptureAllowed or VideoCaptureAllowed, or ScreenCaptureAllowed.

The first option lets you disable audio capture, whereas the second and third options let you turn off the video and screen capture, respectively.

By default, it carries the Value data of 0, and you have to keep it to turn off audio capture in the Edge browser.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

Like the GPEDIT method, you can allow a particular website to access audio and video capture facilities. You need to follow these steps to get it done.

Right-click on the Edge key, select New > Key and name it as AudioCaptureAllowedUrls or VideoCaptureAllowedUrls.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

As these names define, the first option lets you configure the audio-related settings whereas the latter option lets you configure the video-related settings.

Now, right-click on AudioCaptureAllowedUrls or VideoCaptureAllowedUrls, select New > String Value, and name it as 1.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

Double-click on 1, and enter the website URL as the Value data.

How to enable or disable audio, video, and screen capture in Edge

Click on the OK button to save the change.

If you want to revert all the changes, you can right-click on the Edge key, select the Delete option, and click on the Yes button. It will delete the Edge key and all the sub-keys and REG_DWORD values at once.

Hope this guide helped.

Read: How to enable Audio Sandbox in Edge browser.


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