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See a person online by using a webcam

Here is how you can see a person face to face while talking to them online, by connecting something called a “webcam” to your computer.

Step-by-step Instructions


There are two types of webcams – internal and external. Some laptops come with a webcam that is built in, which is usually placed above the screen. You won't need any additional set-up or software to use it.


If you don't have an internal webcam, you will need to install an external one. An external webcam comes with a cable attached to it. Put the open end of the cable into the USB port on your computer.



When you connect an external webcam to your computer, Windows will often recognize it and automatically set it up. You will often know the webcam is ready for use when a small message appears at the bottom right of the screen.