How to Set Up a Video Call

By Gabriel Dockery

With the widespread availability of broadband Internet connectivity it is becoming increasingly common to use video conferencing for long-distance communication. Even for novice computer users, setting up a video call utilizing a webcam and free software is easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Webcam
  • Skype
  • Audio headset

Step 1

Download and install Skype (see Resources).

Step 2

Launch Skype by double clicking the desktop icon produced during installation.

Step 3

Locate the person you would like to make a video call with in your contact list. If he is not in your contact list, he will also need to download Skype so you can add him to your list.

Step 4

Left click the contact's name within your contact list to bring up his user profile on the right of the program window.

Step 5

Ensure your webcam and headset are properly installed.

Step 6

Click the "Video Call" button on the user's profile. A video call will be initiated and your headset and webcam activated.

Step 7

Wait for the contact to "answer the phone" on the other end and begin the video feed. Once the contact has answered, your webcam and audio will begin and you can start your video call.

Tips & Warnings

  • Skype is a free Internet communications suite and also offers video calls for more than two people at one time.
  • The person you are calling will be required to have a webcam, Skype and a headset as well.