Backup and Restore Camera Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a Store app (Universal Windows Platform) called "Camera". It provides a quick way to capture photos. Just point and shoot to take pictures automatically. The same camera experience is available across Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones. If your device comes with a built-in camera or you have connected a webcam, you can use the Camera app. It is possible to backup and restore its options. This is very useful, because you can restore them when required or transfer them to another PC or user account.

The Camera app can be installed from the Store.

Camera App Screenshot

For the Camera Store (UWP) app, you can manually backup its options and preferences, such as

  • Aspect ration
  • Framing grid
  • Time lapse
  • Video recording options
  • ... and more

If you use the Camera app frequently, you may be interested in creating a backup copy of your settings and preferences of the app, so you could manually restore them when required or apply them to another account on any Windows 10 PC. Here is how it can be done.

To backup the News app in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Close the Camera app. You can terminate it in Settings.
  2. Open the File Explorer app.
  3. Go to the folder %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsCamera_8wekyb3d8bbwe. You can paste this line to the address bar of File Explorer and hit the Enter key.Camera App Folder Windows 10
  4. Open the Settings subfolder. There, you will see a set of files. Select them.
  5. Right-click on the selected files and select "Copy" in the context menu, or press the Ctrl + C key sequence to copy the files.Backup Camera App Windows 10
  6. Paste them to some safe location.

That's it. You just created a backup copy of your Camera app settings. To restore them or move to another PC or user account, you need to place them under the same folder.

Restore Camera in Windows 10

  1. Close Camera. You can terminate it in Settings.
  2. Open the File Explorer app.
  3. Go to the folder %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsCamera_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Settings. You can paste this line to the address bar of File Explorer and hit the Enter key.
  4. Here, paste your files from the backup folder. Overwrite the files when prompted.

Now you can start the app. It should appear with all your previously saved settings.

Note: The same method can be used to backup and restore options for other Windows 10 apps. See the articles

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