Have you ever found yourself at a distance
from friends or loved ones, wishing you could talk to them, face-to-face, from afar? That’s where Google video chat comes in. Google video chat lets you see people while
you talk to them, using your computer, for free. I’m going to walk you through 3
steps to get started. But before we do that, let’s review what
you’ll need: 1. a webcam, 2. speakers or earphones, 3. a microphone, and 4. a Gmail
account. Take a moment to make sure you have all of this. Great. Let’s get cookin’ First, you’ll need to download a piece of
software so that your computer will know how to videochat. This is called Voice & Video
Chat Plug-In. Click here to download it. Once you’ve installed this plugin, it’ll
ask you to restart your browser. This should only take a minute. After your browser opens up again, go ahead
and log-in to Gmail at www.gmail.com. Next, take a look at the Chat section on the
left hand side of your screen. To add a contact, type in their Gmail address.
Or if you’ve already added them, click their name to start chatting with them. Finally, click the video icon in the chat
window to start a video chat. Once they accept, a video will appear above the chat
box. For a bigger view, you can pop out the window by clicking the arrow in the corner. Well, that’s about it. Now you know how
to video chat in Gmail! For a handy printable guide of these instructions, click here. And for more information, visit google.com/chat/video.