Vive camera not working

HTC released its VR(Virtual reality) headset/wireless controller back in 2016. It is used to experience the Virtual reality World, play games in VR mode, and many more.

But, sometimes it creates issues like HTC Vive not detecting the headset, the camera not working, and Vive camera connectivity issues.

Why the camera is there in the HTC Vive controller? The camera acts as the vision when we are using the Vive.

It is used to create a Blurry monochrome version of the real world inside the Virtual reality world.

    FIX: HTC Vive camera not working!

    To fix the issue we'll do certain things. Follow each and every step,

    I. Try to reconnect the Vive

    Sometimes reconnecting the device can fix the camera issues.

    1. Open the Vive VR controller software on your PC and open its settings. Then Switch to the camera option and check the Enable Camera option.

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    2. Now restart the application. Also, confirm that You have checked Enable camera option selected.

    II. Keep SteamVR updated

    Keep the SteamVR Desktop app updated. Because updating the Vive VR system and other supportive software can fix the issue which may cause due to software bugs. Sometimes updates fix these issues.

    1. Open your SteamVR settings and search for 'Check for updates.

    2. Now press on the Check for Update button, Now it will fetch the update if available.

    III. Change USB Ports / Update Drivers

    Sometimes due to outdated or corrupted USB drivers, the Vive camera does not working issues can also occur.

    Use USB Port 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1 which may help, because sometimes the problem is in Connectivity.

    1. Press WINDOWS + R, then type devmgmt.msc then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER(it will run a program as administrator).

    2. Then click on the Universal Serial Bus controllers, Right-click on the USB driver, and then on the Update driver.

    3. Now select Search automatically for drivers and it will search for the latest drivers.

    IV. Editing values in SteamVR files

    If previous methods didn't work for you, then there are higher chances that this method will work. 

    1. Open File manager and follow this Path.

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\resources\settings\default.vrsettings

    2. Now open the file and Scroll Down until you see 

    "camera" : { "enableCamera" : false, "enableCameraInDashboard" : false, "enableCameraForCollisionBounds" : false, "enableCameraForRoomView" : false,

    3. Now edit of enableCameraenableCameraForRoomView, and enableCameraForCollisionBounds with true and save it.

    4. Now Restart the SteamVR application.

    NOTE: Be careful while editing the file. It can break the entire file. Edit only the required and mentioned Variables. In case, if you broke the file structure. So, to reset it you will need to reinstall all the SteamVR.

    V. Wait for the Issue fix Patch update

    At last, we'll need to wait for the Issue fix patch update from HTC Vive corp. The issues may be caused due to incorrect coding techniques, Software Bugs & Glitches.

    We can let the Vive developer team know about the Bugs and Glitches by sending Feedback on the Latest update. So, according to our feedback, they will take necessary action against the issue.


    All the mentioned methods are working for almost all HTC VR controllers like Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Pro 2, Vive Pro Eye, and Vive Cosmos

    Mentioned techniques are proven and working. We have tested it & it's working. I hope it will help you to fix the issue of the HTC Vive camera not working & the Vive camera stopped working.

    If you have any queries regarding this article guide, feel free to ask in the comments. I will definitely help you to solve your problem.