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How to make video calls with Facebook

How to make video calls with Facebook

You have just bought a new and powerful latest generation webcam and you are dying to let your friends know. It’s a good idea, and if you want my advice, the best way to do that would be to make video calls on Facebook to show all your contacts the high quality image of your room.

How do you say? Did not you know that Facebook could not make the video calls? Well, let me tell you, I’m sorry but you’re a bit ‘back with the news about this famous social network. If the thing comes to you new and you would like to know how to proceed so as not to make mistakes, then you’ve come to the right tutorial. In fact, you must first know that video calls on Facebook are possible using the Web version of Mark Zuckerberg’s social network, but also the Android and iOS mobile application.

The question is of your absolute interest and would you like to know more about how to make video calls with Facebook? Okay then what I suggest you do is take a few minutes of free time to read the instructions that I will provide you in this tutorial. I am sure that at the end of the reading you will be looking forward to talking with your friends and you will be happy to share with them what you have learned. Let it bet? At this point I can only wish you a good read.

How to make video calls with Facebook – Preliminary operations

How to make video calls with Facebook

To make a video call on Facebook it is necessary that, first of all, keep in mind some small tricks. First of all, you should consider that you can make a video call via Facebook either from a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, or via the Facebook website, using your Windows or Mac computer.

Also you must consider that a video call on Facebook is done through the Internet connection of your device. Therefore, if the latter is not connected to the Internet, it will not be able to make or receive any video calls. If you use your Android or iOS mobile device to make video calls via Facebook, you should also note that these will be more stable if you are connected via Wi-Fi.

By using a data network of your SIM, you may have problems receiving signal, especially if you are on the move. In addition, via SIM data network you may also incur additional unwanted costs if you do not have a rate plan with GB included or you have almost finished the Internet traffic included. Do not forget that, being both audio and video, this will be heavier in terms of traffic consumed than a VOIP call.

If you then want to make a video call with Facebook, via your mobile device, you will need to download and install the Facebook Messenger application (Android or iOS), in addition to making the access. Without this last step, you will not be able to make and receive any video calls.

If this is the first time you have installed the Messenger app, but you have already installed the Facebook app (Android or iOS), as soon as you open Messenger you will be asked to log in using the Facebook profile currently in use or through other account.

If you have never installed any of the two applications, then you will have to log in, entering your login information.

If, on the other hand, when Messenger opens the main screen with the conversation archive appears, it means that an access has already been made.

Tap the top icon and see if the login matches the account you want to make the video call from. If not, scroll down and tap Change account. Then tap on the [+] symbol and enter your Facebook account information so you can log in.

The last piece of advice I give you is to verify that you always have the latest updated version of the Messenger app. You can check if updates are available in an easy way: on iOS, open the App Store and select the Updates tab. If you find the Messenger update, tap the Update button.

On Android, however, open the Play Store, tap the menu button with the symbol of three horizontal lines and then tap the words My apps and my games. If an update is available, tap the Update button next to the Messenger app.

How to make a video call with Facebook through the Messenger app

How to make video calls with Facebook

To start making a video call with Facebook Messenger, via your smartphone or tablet, you must have downloaded the app by reaching the PlayStore (Android) or the App Store (iPhone). Also check, as I explained, that it is updated to the latest version, so you do not miss any new functionality.

Once you reach the application page in the virtual store of your device, tap on Install and then tap on Open. Then start the Messenger app and, after logging in (I talked about it in the previous paragraph), select the contact you want to make a video call, so as to open the private text chat screen.

From the conversation, tap the button with the camera symbol on the top right. If you do not find the contact from video calls, tap the icon with the symbol of two men and scroll through the list of your contacts until you find the one you want to make the video call. In case use the search bar to quickly find a contact.

Then tap the symbol (i) next to the contact to be called and then tap on the icon with the camera symbol.

If you see a notification for consent to access the microphone and camera of your device, you consent to the requests. Once the video call has been initiated, the recipient user will receive an alert and, if online, can decide whether or not to answer your video call.

Video calls are always made with the front camera of your device; however, you can switch to the rear camera by tapping the camera symbol with the two arrows.

If you and your Facebook contact are already conversing on Messenger, tap the button with the camera symbol; you can activate and send a preview from your camera. If your Facebook friend taps on the voice Tap to activate the audio, he can also receive your audio. By tapping on the button with the green video camera symbol, you can also activate your camera to start a complete video call.

During a video call on Messenger, you want to add more participants by tapping on the icon with the symbol [+] and a little man. On screen you can also view some features that are currently only available for the Messenger app on mobile device (so it is not present in the Web version).

There are indeed effects and emoticons to add to your video, by tapping on the on-screen icons. For example, by tapping the icon with a drop you can apply a filter to your webcam; instead, by tapping on the icon with a star, you can add effects in real time that could change your face too.

The icon with a smiley face, instead, allows you to send animated emoticons on the screen. Finally, a camera icon allows you to take a snapshot of the screen, which will be saved on the memory of your device.

How to make a video call with Facebook from a website

How to make video calls with Facebook

If you do not have a mobile device or just want to call someone from your computer, then you could use the Messenger web application. In case you have a microphone and a webcam on your computer, you can make Facebook video calls via the Facebook web application at messenger.com.

I advise you to act directly from Messenger and not from Facebook for a matter of greater comfort; you can make the video call with the contact you want in peace, without the distractions given by the NewsFeed in the main social network.

As a result, to make a video call with Facebook, go to the official website that I have provided you and log in using your Facebook credentials. After logging in, select the video call contact from the list on the left or use the search engine located at the top. Then tap on the name of a contact, so as to open a private conversation.

To make the video call, from private conversation, tap the button with the camera symbol located at the top right. Any notifications of access to the microphone and webcam must be accepted. Your contact will then receive a call alert on his computer to accept or reject it.

How to make video calls with Facebook