How Do I Turn on My Camera Valve Index?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’ve just purchased Valve Index and are eager to start gaming, the first step is to turn on the camera. The camera is an essential component of the Valve Index as it helps track your movements in virtual reality. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to turn on your camera valve index in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Connect Your Valve Index

Before you can turn on your camera valve index, you need to connect it to your PC. Use the USB cable and plug it into your PC. Once connected, ensure that your SteamVR application has detected the device.

Step 2: Open Steam VR Settings

Open up the SteamVR application and click on “Settings” located at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Turn On The Camera

In the settings menu, select “Devices.” From here, choose “Camera” from the list of options. Ensure that the box next to “Enable Camera” is checked.


  • If you want to disable automatic camera turn off after a certain amount of time, uncheck “Automatically Turn Off Camera”
  • You can also adjust the brightness and contrast settings by sliding them left or right.
  • If you have multiple cameras connected to your PC, choose which one you want to use by selecting it under “Camera Selection.”

Step 4: Test Your Camera Connection

After turning on your camera valve index, it’s always recommended that you test out its functionality before jumping into gaming. To do this head back to the main SteamVR screen and click on “Camera.” Here you can view what’s currently being captured by your Valve Index’s cameras.

  • You can adjust the position of the camera by clicking on “Camera Bounds” and dragging it to your desired location.
  • If you encounter any issues with your camera, ensure that you have the latest drivers installed and try restarting SteamVR application.


In conclusion, turning on your camera valve index is quite simple and quick. Following these steps will ensure that you’re all set to jump into virtual reality gaming. Remember to test out your camera connection before gaming, and if you encounter any issues, consult the troubleshooting guide or contact Valve’s customer support for assistance.