How to Use Video Chat On Facebook

In case you haven't heard, there's absolutely a war going on in between Facebook and Google - as well as its only just started. With all the current hype as well as buzz walking around the Web concerning Google+, Facebook decided that they should act to obtain back right into the spotlight; so they've now partnered with Skype to bring its users video calling - How To Use Video Chat On Facebook.

This means that you and any one of your friends could see each other face-to-face using your webcams and chat using your voice. Seeing that Google+ simply came on the scene with their video chatting attribute called Hangouts, this "new" feature on Facebook seems instead unoriginal. Yet, Facebook's video calling attribute is in fact pretty impressive and works a bit differently.

If you're like me, most of your non-tech savvy relative and non-geeky friends have not even heard of Google+; if they have heard about it, more than likely they're not going to try it out. To make sure that means you're stuck still using Facebook and could too invite the brand-new features (since there will definitely be more ahead in this war) with open arms.

How To Use Video Chat On Facebook

Allow's have a look at how to allow and utilize Facebook's brand-new video chat.


Before you can begin video calling your friends, you will certainly have to enable it. This can be done by mosting likely to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking on the green "Get Started" button. You'll then be motivated to download and run the Java application needed to utilize this feature. Don't worry, this is a really quick process.

Note: The option to use this brand-new feature is not readily available for everyone. When I asked my other half to visit the page, he was unable to see the green button. It stated that the function had not been yet available to him. In this situation you'll require somebody that could access the feature to start a video call with you. From there, they'll be triggered to install and also run the Java application.

How to Call A Friend

There are two means to call your friends.

First Method

You can enter into a chat window and also click the camera symbol from the top bar of the home window. This technique lets you call any one of your friends.

If they haven't allowed the attribute, they'll be prompted to do so. If they typically aren't on-line, you'll have the ability to leave them a video message.

Second Approach

The various other method is by clicking the "call" button on your buddy's account page. The "call" button will certainly appear best beside the message switch, in the top right of their account page.

If you take place to call them as well as they're offline, you'll be able to leave a video message.

Keep in mind: The "call" button will just appear if you're authorized into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the highlighted allowed. So if you do not see a call switch, you'll have to use the initial technique to make sure that they'll be prompted to enable the attribute.

Setup and also Quality

The quality of the video chat is rather outstanding. I've attempted Google+ Hangouts also and I need to admit that the quality of the camera was not virtually as clear as Facebook's video calling. There additionally just weren't almost as numerous "hiccups" (i.e. home window freezing or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, then you'll acknowledge the setup; there is a small home window in the leading right corner of the main home window to ensure that you could see yourself. When you're done with a phone call, you can just close the home window to end it.

Right here is the camera view without the controls. The window can be bigger, however this is the tiniest dimension. Also at full screen view, the quality remained excellent.

Right here is the camera view with the controls. While I am creating this on Windows, I did test out the feature on the Mac OS. So, your window could look a little different from mine. The only option readily available here is to change the resource of your microphone (i.e. web or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do want that there were even more choices. As an example, there is currently no other way to silence your microphone from the video call home window; so you would certainly should enter into your computer setups to do this or utilize the mute switch on your headset (if it has one).

Likewise, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is currently no other way to do team video talks-- something that makes certain to find in useful for catching up with numerous family and friends, team tasks, conferences, conferences, as well as much more. For now, you could still utilize Skype for that. Because everyone is already on Facebook and are not most likely to in fact download Skype (if they have not already), this is most definitely something that must be applied ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do group message talks within the regular chat home window.

What are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling function? Do you believe it's a required function? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or friends and family using in all? Don't hesitate to inform us your thoughts in the remarks listed below.