How to Turn on a Mac Camera for Skype

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Skype is a free program that allows you to chat with other users and even call them using the utility. With a webcam installed on your computer, those calls can display video, in addition to voice capabilities. But even with a webcam installed, you'll have to tweak some of Skype's settings to use the camera during a call to your friends or family. If you use a Mac webcam built-in to your computer and want to video chat in Skype, you can do so by using the program's Preferences menu.

  • Open Skype.

  • Click on the "Skype" menu tab at the top of the screen once the program opens.

  • Click "Preferences."

  • Click on the "Video" option.

  • Check the box next to "Enable Skype Video."

  • Click on the box next to the "Camera" option. Click "Built-in iSight" to enable the Mac's camera in Skype.

  • Check the box next to "Start my video automatically" under the heading labeled "When I am in a call." Close the Preferences window when finished.

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