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How to make a Facebook Video Chat, Call

Samyak Lalit | April 12, 2012 (Last update: September 23, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, provides the facility to make free video chat. It is not that Facebook alone provides such facility, but now FB users can also enjoy this voice over internet feature. Let’s know about this feature and how to use it.

What is Facebook video call?

You all know that Facebook allows you to chat with your friends using text. But now instead of just talking hidden behind typed words –you can actually see your friend and talk with her face to face! That has been made possible by video call.

Requirements for a video call

Both you and your friend must have a webcam and a microphone. These two devices need to be properly setup before they could be used.

Are video calls recorded or saved?

No, videos of such chats are neither recorded nor saved –so don’t expect to find them in your Facebook inbox just the way you find text chat history. Only time and date of a video chat is recorded and kept in message history.

How to setup video call
  • Open the chat popup of the friend who you want to call
  • Click on Settings button ()
  • Select Call
  • Click the Set Up button and follow the instructions to setup webcam and microphone
  • Once setup is done, your call should automatically connect. If it doesn’t try calling again
How to start a video call
  • Click on the video call icon () in chat popup. The call will be made.
  • When your friend answers, you may have to wait a moment for your call to connect before the video streaming begins. If your friend hasn’t set up video calling yet, you’ll be asked to wait until her setup is complete.
  • If your friend is unavailable, you can leave a video message. The time and date of your missed call will be listed in your ongoing message history with your friend.
What if I don’t have a webcam?

If you don’t have a webcam –you can still use video calling. You’ll be able to see your friend (if she has a webcam) but your friend will only be able to hear your voice.

These are the basic FAQ about new Facebook video chat. Please let me know if you have any questions.


One response to “How to make a Facebook Video Chat, Call”

  1. Amir Nasir says:

    nice article, very descriptive

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