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How to Configure and Use Video Chat in Gmail

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If there is one thing I absolutely love about Google products it’s their simplicity and integration, instead of installing a third-party application or manufacturer’s clumsy software you can use your webcam with Gmail within a browser window to chat with friends using video. The how-to below will walk you through the steps necessary to configure video chat for Gmail/Chat. If you have any comments or questions please post them below.

Note: In order to use this feature you must have Gmail with Chat enabled

configure video cam in gmail How to Configure and Use Video Chat in Gmail

1. While using Gmail , click on the Settings link located on the top right corner of the screen.

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2. Click on the Chat tab. Select the equipment you are using in the Voice and video chat section. You can chose;

  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Click on Verify your settings

Note: Gmail does a pretty good job of figuring out which of the devices to use, so the defaults should be ok.


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3. When the Verify your settings section expands you will be able to confirm that your devices are working properly.

  • Video will be displayed on the right
  • The microphone can be tested by speaking into the mic and checking for the indicator
  • The speakers can be tested by clicking on the play the test sound link.

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4. Once you have made your changes and verified that settings are working, click on the Save Changes button to proceed.

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5. When you are done you can now you can use video chat within Gmail to speak with others online. To start a video chat, click on the buddy you wish to speak to and click on the arrow next to Video & more and click on Start video chat.

 

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Originally posted Jan 19, 2010

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  • GRISHAMA SHAH

    Without speaker can we do vedio chat??? I have web camera….

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Yes, you just won’t be able to hear the person on the other end.

      Sent from my iPad

  • sunny

    Sir when i am making the video chat with my friend as i do not posses cam and he do posses it what ever he types or even his laugh is getting audible to me and can i know how to disable the option so that i must just be able to make video chat without any disturbancess pls guide me with this

  • sunny

    Sir when i am making the video chat with my friend as i do not posses cam and he do posses it what ever he types or even his laugh is getting audible to me and can i know how to disable the option so that i must just be able to make video chat without any disturbancess pls guide me with this