How to Set Up Video Chat on Facebook - dummies

By Jamie Crager, Scott Ayres, Melanie Nelson, Daniel Herndon, Jesse Stay

Talking with your friends face to face no longer requires that you be in the same room. Facebook has integrated Skype video-calling features that make it possible for you to video chat with any of your friends, so long as you both have a web camera connected to your computers.

When you initiate a video call for the first time, you need to complete a quick one-time setup. Then you see a Call button on your friend’s profile page or chat box if he or she has also set up video chat.

To set up video chat, you must first initiate a call with a friend:

  1. Click the Call button in the lower-right corner of your friend’s cover photo or the video camera at the top of the chat box.

    You’re asked to set up video calling.

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  2. Click the Install button.

  3. If you are asked to download a file:

    1. Click Save File.

    2. After the file has downloaded, open and run it.

    The file is a plugin that Facebook needs on your computer for video calling to work.

Facebook initiates the call with your friend. In the top-right portion of the screen is what your friend sees. The big picture is where you see your friend. To end the call, click the Close (X) button in the top-right corner (Windows) or the red button in the top-left corner (Mac).

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