How to Use a Webcam on Facebook

By Christina Shaffer

In addition to posting a short message on your friend's "Wall" or updating your status, you can post a personal webcam video on Facebook. The popular social networking site includes a built-in video tool that allows you to record a webcam video and post it online. You can also use the feature to create and send a video message to anyone on your "friends" list. Facebook makes it easy for you to create and post a personal video and will automatically recognize your webcam and microphone.

Wall Post

Step 1

Go to Facebook and log into your account.

Step 2

Click the "Profile" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Video" link in the "Status" menu.

Step 4

Select the "Record a Video" option. For privacy reasons, Facebook requests permission to access your webcam and microphone. Check the box next to "Allow" and click "Close." You will appear in real time on the Facebook webcam window.

Step 5

Position yourself in front of the webcam and click the red "Record" button to begin recording your new video. When you're finished, press the "Stop" button.

Step 6

Click the "Play" button to view your video. If you want to post it on your profile, add a brief message and click "Share." If you're not satisfied with the outcome, press "Reset" and record a new video.

Video Message

Step 1

Log into your Facebook account.

Step 2

Navigate through your friends list and select the friend you want to send a video message to on Facebook.

Step 3

Click the "Send Message" link in the upper-right corner of your friend's page.

Step 4

Click the "Video" icon in the attachments section at the bottom of the "New Message" window.

Step 5

Check the box next to "Allow" to give Facebook permission to access your webcam and microphone, and then click "Close."

Step 6

Press "Record" and record your new video message. Click "Stop" when you're finished recording. When you're finished recording, you can press "Play" to preview your video.