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Teams Camera Flickering? 10 Quick & Easy Fixes

Teams Camera Flickering? 10 Quick & Easy Fixes

The Teams app has become an indispensable tool with the increasing popularity of virtual communication. But what do you do when the camera starts flickering in the middle of an important meeting?

If the Teams camera is flickering during video calls, this happens because the Powerline Frequency settings are incorrect or the GPU hardware acceleration feature is enabled on Teams. To resolve this, change the Powerline Frequency to 50 GHz or 60 GHz, according to your country. You can also make the Teams camera stop flickering by disabling the GPU hardware acceleration feature under the General settings on Teams.

In this article, we’ll provide the potential reasons why Teams camera is flickering and explore some quick solutions that will help you get back to a smooth video calling experience in no time.

Why Is My Teams Video Flickering?

Changing low light compensation on Teams

Below are some of the causes why the Teams camera is flickering while you are attending your online class or meeting: 

  • The difference in oscillations frequency between countries (Camera Flickering)
  • Minor glitches on the Microsoft Team app
  • Unstable internet connection
  • Corrupted Teams app cache data or installation files
  • Outdated Windows OS or Integrated camera driver
  • GPU hardware acceleration feature is active on Teams
  • Interaction between the room’s lights and your camera’s shutter speed
  • Power saver or battery saver is enabled on the PC

How Do I Fix Teams Camera Flickering?

Modifying Powerline frequency settings on Teams

If Teams camera is flickering, here are some easy and simple hacks to resolve the issue without much effort.

Force Quit Teams 

The first solution is to force quit Teams on your PC and restart it again to resolve any technical glitches the app is experiencing in the following way:

  • Press “Windows + X.”
  • Click “Task Manager.”
  • Right-click “Teams.”
  • Select “End Task.”
  • Relaunch “Microsoft Teams” and see if the camera is flickering now.

Note: You can also restart your PC to refresh the camera on your system.

Clear Teams Cache

Teams cache is the temporary data that stores your usage details on the platform to speed up access. Sometimes, this data becomes corrupted, leading to the flickering camera issue. To counteract this, clear the Teams cache by following these steps:

  • Close Teams on your PC and launch “Windows File Explorer.”
  • Paste the “%appdata%\Microsoft\Teams” path in the “Search Quick Access” bar.
  • Now, delete all the files but keep the folders. 
  • Afterward, relaunch “Teams” and see if this resolves the issue.

Troubleshoot the Network Connection

An unstable internet connection can be a culprit behind the Teams camera flickering. To rule out this possibility, troubleshoot your network by doing the following steps in a sequence:

  • Move your PC closer to the router or modem.
  • Press the “Power” button on your router to turn it off, wait 30 seconds, and press the “Power” button to re-establish the connection.
  • Change the router’s frequency channel from 2 GHz to 5 GHz.
  • Update your router to the latest version.
  • Reset your router.
  • If all else fails, contact your ISP to inquire about any issue with the internet at their end.

Troubleshooting the internet connection can also resolve the Zoom camera flickering issue.

Modify Powerline Frequency

Another solution is to modify the Powerline Frequency feature in the Teams app and set it according to the standard one for your country. To do this:

  • Launch “Microsoft Teams.”
  • Click the “Ellipsis” icon.
  • Click “Settings.”
  • Select “Devices.”
  • Click “Open Camera Settings.”
  • Select the correct frequency (either 50 GHz (UK) or 60 GHz) next to “Powerline Frequency (Anti Flicker)” and see if Teams camera is flickering now.

Disable the GPU Hardware Acceleration

The GPU hardware acceleration feature on the Teams app can also cause the flickering camera issue during video meetings. To fix this issue, disable the feature with these easy steps:

  • Launch “Microsoft Teams.”
  • Click the “Ellipsis” icon.
  • Choose “Settings.”
  • Click “General.”
  • Uncheck “Disable GPU hardware acceleration.”
Disabling GPU hardware acceleration on Teams
  • Restart “Teams” and verify the fix.

Disable Power/Batter Saver

If you’ve enabled a Power or Battery saver mode on your PC, it can also interfere with the Teams camera causing it to flicker during video calls. To rule this out, disable the power/battery saver this way::

  • Launch “Settings.”
  • Go to “System.”
  • Click “Battery.”
  • Choose “Never” under “Turn Battery Saver On Automatically At.”

Disable Low Light Compensation

The next solution is to disable the low light compression on Teams to adjust the room light with the camera shutter speed and resolve the flickering camera issue:

  • Launch “Microsoft Teams.”
  • Click the “Ellipsis” icon.
  • Go to “Devices.”
  • Click “Open Camera Settings.”
  • Go to “Camera Controls” in the Properties window.
  • Uncheck “Low Light Compensation.”

Update the Integrated Camera Driver

The integrated camera driver on your PC may be outdated. Therefore, update the driver in the following way to install new patches that can troubleshoot the problem.

  • Launch “Control Panel.”
  • Click “Hardware and Sound.”
  • Click “Device Manager.”
  • Double-click “Cameras.”
  • Right-click the “Integrated Webcam”
  • Choose “Update Driver.”
  • Click “Search Automatically For Drivers.”

Note: You can also install better camera drivers through Windows Updates or from the manufacturer’s website.

Update Windows 

An outdated Windows can also result in the Teams camera flickering problem. You can quickly resolve this by updating the OS with the below steps:

From Settings:

  • Launch “Settings.”
  • Click “Update & Security.”
  • Click “Check for Updates”
  • Afterward, restart your PC to install the new Windows updates.

From Website:

  • Launch a browser on your PC and head to theMicrosoft Website.”
  • Click “Windows.”
  • Choose “Windows 10.”
  • Click “Update Now.”
  • Run the Installation File.
  • Click “Update Now” and follow the on-screen instructions to install the new OS updates.

Updating the Windows OS can fix the Microsoft Teams Meetings tab missing in Outlook.

Note: Make sure to back up all your data before updating Windows on your computer, and do not turn it off during the process. 

Reinstall Teams App

The Teams app’s installation file might be corrupted, causing the camera to flicker. So, it is best to reinstall the app and resolve any critical software glitches:

  • Launch “Control Panel.”
  • Click “Uninstall a Program.”
  • Right-click “Teams.”
  • Choose “Uninstall.”
  • Select “Yes” in the “User Account Control” window to confirm uninstalling Teams.
  • Now, go to the Microsoft website and download the Teams installation file.
  • Run the installation file to reinstall Teams on your PC, and the problem should be resolved now.

Note: If the Teams camera is still flickering, reach out to the Microsoft Support team to get a definitive solution. You can also report the Microsoft Edge being slow and unresponsive problem if you are accessing the Teams web version through this browser.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve explored the reasons for Teams camera flickering and provided you with 10 possible fixes to help you get rid of this annoyance quickly.

Hopefully, your problem is resolved, and you can now use video in your Teams meetings and collaborate with your team without any distractions.

Author

  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at https://helpfixthat.com/tauqeer-ahmed/