How to Activate a Webcam on Skype

by Paul Betters

With Skype, you can video chat over the Internet for free. Of course, to video chat, you need a computer-compatible video camera, commonly known as a webcam.

Attaching your webcam - if it is not already built in to your computer -- will differ depending on what kind of camera you have, but setting up the camera to work with Skype is the same for any model.

1

Attach the webcam to your computer.

2

Run Skype. Close the Welcome Screen if it pops up.

3

Open the Tools menu at the top of the window. Click "Options..." to open the Options window.

4

Click the General button on the left side of the Options window. The button has a light switch icon next to it.

5

Click Video Settings.

6

Click the "Select webcam" drop-down menu. You will see a list of available webcams attached to your computer. Select the one you would like to use.

7

Click the "Webcam settings" button. Adjust the contrast, brightness, and contrast settings to produce a clearer picture.

Tip

  • check If you are using a built-in laptop webcam, Skype will automatically detect it, without requiring you to attach or plug in anything. Built-in laptop webcams are small, built-in lenses that are usually located right above the monitor screen.

About the Author

Paul Betters is a freelance writer who is currently working out of Providence, R.I. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island and has been writing instructional articles since April of 2009, specializing in technology.

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