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How to make video calls with Facebook

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You have just bought a new super powerful state-of-the-art 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 it would be to make video calls on Facebook to show all your contacts the high quality image of your room.

How do you say? Didn’t you know Facebook couldn’t make video calls? Well, let me tell you, I’m sorry but you are a little behind with the news regarding this famous social network. If this is new to you and you would like to know how to proceed in order not to make mistakes, then you have come to the right tutorial. In fact, you must first know that video calls on Facebook are possible by acting from the Web version of Mark Zuckerberg’s social network but also from the application for Android and iOS mobile devices.

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

Preliminary operations

To make a video call on Facebook you must first keep in mind some small tricks. You must first consider that you can make a video call via Facebook either by acting 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 made through the Internet connection of your device. Therefore, if the latter is not connected to the Internet, he 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 must also keep in mind that these will be more stable if you are connected via Wi-Fi network.

Using a data network of your SIM, you may have problems receiving the signal, especially if you are on the move. Furthermore, via the SIM data network you could also run into unwanted additional costs, if you do not have a tariff plan with GB included or you are almost out of Internet traffic included. Don’t forget that, being both an audio and video transmission, 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), as well as logging in. Without this last step, you will not be able to make and receive any video calls.

If this is your first time installing the Messenger app, but you have already installed the Facebook app (Android or iOS), as soon as you have opened Messenger you will be asked to log in via the Facebook profile currently in use or via another account.

If you have never installed either of the two applications, then you will need to log in by entering your access data.

If, on the other hand, opening Messenger, the main screen with the conversation archive appears, it means that a login has already been made.

Tap on the icon at the top and check if the access corresponds to the account from which you want to make the video call. If not, scroll down and tap on Change account. Then tap on symbol [+] and enter your Facebook account details, so you can log in.

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

On Android, on the other hand, open the Play Store, tap the menu button with the three horizontal lines symbol and then tap on the wording My apps and games. If an update is available, tap the button Refresh next to the Messenger app.

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

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 theApp Store (iPhone). Also check, as I explained to you, that it is updated to the latest version, so as not to miss any new features.

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

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

Then tap on symbol (s) located next to the contact you want to video call and then tap on the icon with the camera symbol.

If you see a notification to consent to access your device’s microphone and camera, you agree to the requests. As soon as the video call has been started, 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 two arrows.

If, on the other hand, you and your Facebook contact are already chatting on Messenger, by tapping on the button with the camera symbol; you can activate and send a preview from your camera. If your Facebook friend tapped on the item Touch to activate the audio, it will also be able to receive your audio. By tapping on the button with green video camera symbol, he can also activate his camera, so as to start a full video call.

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

In fact, effects and emoticons are available to add to your video by tapping on the icons on the screen. For example, by tapping onicon with a drop you will be able to apply a filter to your webcam; by tapping on theicon with a star instead you can add real-time effects that could also change your face.

L’icon with a smiley faceinstead, it allows you to send animated emoticons to the screen. Finally, thecamera 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

If you don’t have a mobile device or just want to video call someone from your computer, then you could use the Messenger web application. In case you have a microphone and a webcam in your computer, you can make Facebook video calls through the Facebook web application at the address messenger.com.

I advise you to act directly from Messenger and not from Facebook for a matter of greater convenience; you will be able to make the video call with the contact you want in complete tranquility, without the distractions given by the NewsFeed present in the main social network.

Consequently, to make a video call with Facebook, go to the official website that I have provided and log in with your Facebook credentials. After logging in, select the contact to video call from the list on the left or use the search engine Near which is 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 the private conversation, tap on button with the camera symbol located at the top right. Any notifications of access to the use of microphone and webcam must be accepted. Your contact will then receive a call alert on their computer to accept or reject it.