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How to Video Call on Laptop (2020)

Edited By Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed By Gulshan

Video calling technology is a dream come true for everyone, be it a child or a leading businessman.

Video calling has become an everyday basic need in today’s digital world. In today’s world, the lifestyle of people is upgrading with the turn of each second.

Video calling is playing a very crucial role in the business sector as well as in the lives of common people.

Many business meetings are being arranged via video calling in order to save time and money, especially if the partner or the client involved is living in another country.

Parents can talk to their children even if they are living miles apart, friends can share their happiness with their loved ones in no time. 

How to Video Call on Laptop

There are many trending video calling applications like SKYPE, WHATSAPP, VIBER, GOOGLE DUO, etc. All these applications are supported on all laptops. There are no longer any charges for their installation and downloading. The only thing you need is a good internet connection and a well-lit room. 

Before the invention of the video calling technology, people could only listen to the voice of their loved ones but unable to meet them for years wished to see them.

Every day, the bulk of people migrate either from one city to another (or a country) leaving their loved ones far away longing to give them a happy and prosperous lifestyle. Coming back from your office, tired, missing your loved ones, wishing to meet them, but no holidays is the worst feeling anyone can have.

Hence, video calling comes to your rescue. To have a great experience with video calling, you just need to have a couple of things as mentioned below:

How to Video Call on a Laptop?

Video calling on a laptop is not a very complicated task. It can easily be done by anyone who doesn’t even belong to a technical background. A couple of things are required to be taken care of before starting to enjoy the benefits of this magical technology.


  • A Laptop
  • A Good Internet Connection
  • A Web Camera
  • A Microphone
  • Speaker or Headset
  • Well-Lit Room
  • A Video Calling Application (most important)
video call on laptop

Configuration of the Laptop

Below are some requirements listed while making a video call using a laptop:

Windows Laptop

  • Windows 7 or later
  • Minimum 2GHz dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM  (minimum)

The above-listed requirements could be checked through: Open windows control-panel > Go to System and Security > Click on System.

Apple Mac Laptop

  •  macOS 10.9 or later
  • Minimum Intel 2GHz dual-core
  • 2GB RAM (minimum)

These requirements listed above can be seen: Click on the Apple menu > select About This Mac > Click on more Info

As many laptop speakers do not provide optimum loudness, speakers can be a good option, as they provide the loud sound of the person you are talking to.

Video-Calling Application

If you are having a preinstalled application for video calling then it is all good, but if you haven’t installed it, you can do so by going to the Windows Store and download it for free (only for windows users).

 But if you are an Apple user you can simply download the video calling applications from the Apple Store for free and can install it easily.

NOTE: If you are unable to download the video calling application from any of the stores, you can download it via web browsers like Google Chrome (for Windows users) and Safari for the (Apple Mac users) or you might use any other web browser according to your choice.

Below are some of the various applications that can be used to carry out video calling via the laptop:


Facebook is definitely one of the most common social media apps used worldwide. Factually, it is the number one app used worldwide. Many people use Facebook to connect with friends and family, post a business idea and look for a job.

Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for making all this possible.  With facebook, making a video call on your laptop is just as easy as making a video call on your mobile phone.

All you need to do is to locate the person you wish to call by searching for his/her account name, click on the video call icon by the side of your screen and make your call. Quite easy.


The beautiful thing about Skype is that you can make calls for free. This application is also a common app used by most people all over the world. It is mostly the first choice for formal meetings. Your boss will never make a video call with you using Facebook.

Making a Skype video call on your Laptop is no different from making a video call on your phone. To make a video call on Skype, you will have to open the app and search (using skype name, phone number or email) the person you want to call. Afterwards, click on the account of the person you wish to call.

Just like most apps, a visible video call icon would be by the side of your screen. Grant the app permission to access your camera, click on the icon and wait patiently for your call to connect. 


This application is most common among iPhone users. Some Android users rarely know about this application, let alone know how to use it. This application can be used to chat, make a voice call and make a video call. One important thing you should know about this app is that it is incredible.

Unlike most applications, it is very much possible to make a group video call with more than twenty people at the same time. To make video calls on Hangout, you have to allow the app to access your camera. You can log in your account using Hangout application or

After logging in, proceed in searching the name or email of the person you wish to call. Click the video call icon and make your call.


Viber is a social media that is not commonly used worldwide but it is very common in some places. With Viber, you can make free video calls with anyone of your choice. To make a video call on Viber, you have to open the app and click on the account of who you want to call.

Choose the option "free video call" and make your video call for free. 


There is no instruction  to make WhatsApp voice calls or WhatsApp video calls via the web version of WhatsApp. Most of it is self-explanatory and can be understood when one skims through the features of this app.


Video Call

Of course, video calls should never replace the need to travel and to have face-to-face meetings. We should never forget the natural way of communication.

But it is safe to say Video calls have simplified meetings over long distances among others. Using a laptop rather than a mobile, for video calls provides a widescreen display, thus making the video calling experience better.

It also is a more professional way, widely used for official purposes. The existence of different application has made it possible to have a face-to-face conversation with people who are miles away from us.

Making a video call with the apps stated above is not difficult.


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About the Author

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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