Jerry Leventer

How to Set Up Your Webcam for Skype Video

October 24th, 2007 · 32 Comments · Audio & Video

To set up your webcam for Skype, please follow these steps:

  • Download and install the most recent drivers for your video device (you can get these from the webcam device’s manufacturer’s site). In many cases this is not necessary if it is a USB device.
  • Select your video device in Skype by clicking the following from the Main Skype Control window:

Tools -> Options -> General (tab) -> Video Settings (tab)

  • If your webcam is functioning you will see yourself displayed. If you are not seeing yourself be sure you have Enable Skype Video checked. If you are still having difficulty click Webcam Settings.

Please note: FireWire devices are not supported at this time.

  • Make sure the option Enable Skype Video is checked. Also you can set video privacy settings to the desired options in the same window.
  • The recommended System Requirements for Skype video calls are a 1Ghz CPU, 512MB RAM, a video card with at least 16MB of memory (also the latest version of DirectX installed) and a 512/256kbit (down/up) connection. Video and call quality may vary greatly in environments with conditions below those recommendations.
  • Please be sure, that your webcam is connected and not in use by another program.

From the Skype Help Pages:

You can purchase Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 Webcams and video cameras at the Skype store here:

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 michel // Dec 4, 2008 at 2:08 am

    I’ve just written a simple software to enable/force/configure/setup/hack Skype to send high quality video even if you haven’t purchased an expensive logitech webcam and a Core 2 Duo CPU.
    You may also send higher resolution than Skype’s HQ : the unofficial Skype HD !!!

    Here is the link (French Language Site)

  • 2 Ed Detlie // Feb 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I tried following your steps, but the current version of Skype doesn’t seem to have the check box to “Enable Skype Video.” I have a Logitech webcam, and I can see the video on the Video Settings. The webcam microphone and the speaker attached to the monitor work fine, and so does my headset. I can make regular calls, with good sound quality. I went to the menu item, “Call,” and the item, “Video Call” is grayed out.

    I have Skype version and WinXP SP 3. Any suggestions?

  • 3 Jerry Leventer // Mar 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I believe the Skype developers have “dropped the ball” and are slowly destroying it. I sent them a list of suggestions which they have completely ignored, Skype Room Text Chat Technical Support Suggestions.

    I am not going to upgrade to 4.0 and I suggest you revert back to 3.8.

    Maybe you can also contact Skype support and tell them what features you would like them to have.

  • 4 Norma Seeley // Aug 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    My problem is almost identical to Ed Detlie except, my webcam pic is very blurry. It says to make sure ENABLE SKYPE VIDEO is checked, but I don’t have that option. I have SKYPE Version 4.1 and I purchased my webcam from the SKYPE store. 6571 TALK-7000 FREETALK Web Camera. Any suggestions?

  • 5 louise // Jul 6, 2010 at 7:38 am

    can you send me a link and for me to set up skype video cam asap
    to my email


  • 6 noodle // Oct 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Yeah. I cannot find “Enable Skype Video” link as well. Can anyone help?

  • 7 lonnie // Nov 6, 2010 at 7:09 am

    i cant seem to focus my webcam or turn off the motion detector

  • 8 Mary // Nov 21, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I no longer have the Tools/Options/Enable Video in the main Skype control window. The HP Deluxe webcam WAS working perfectly on my Mac OS X. It was there now it’s not. Could anyone tell me what happened to it? Thank you.

  • 9 Britney // Jan 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve been having problems with Skype and Mac also. But with PC, IF you are a woman you should be very careful with your webcam in general, especially with Skype. Mine would get hacked so many times by crazy stalkers that I ended up getting a Mac (knock on wood that there are no problems so far). Most of the hackers were from the China mainland according to the IP addresses that were traced back there. When they get into a windows PC they can take over the camera where they can turn it on without any software notifying you and the red light doesn’t even come on! It’s very frustrating to say the least, not to mention embarrassing! Stay safe!

  • 10 Jerry Leventer // Jan 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Good to know about that security flaw. Thanks for the update. I recently got my Skype account hacked by clicking on a bad link that came from a friend’s account (which had been hacked) from whom I had not heard in a long time. I should have known better. I even asked if the link was ok, but of course the hacker replied that it was. So we must remain diligent in all that we do online.

  • 11 Sourav Chakraborty // Feb 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    How can I change(lower) the output resolution of my webcam? I have a high resolution webcam but sometimes I want to turn it to low quality output (to save bandwidth when I’m on a metered connection). Does anyone know how to do it?

  • 12 apr 2011 // Apr 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    “I ended up getting a Mac (knock on wood that there are no problems so far).”

    hmm,don’t macs have builtin isight webcams? easier to physically unplug a usb from front of case, than to ‘unplug’ a cam integrated into pc (display, on some laptops.. and mac lcds, i think…)

  • 13 patricia // Apr 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    want to us the program please help set it up….

  • 14 Sachin // Apr 19, 2011 at 1:51 am

    My webcam is not working. Whlie going on the video settings options, i was enable to see myself displayed on the screen and the message is coming on the screen “Check you’hve got a valid Direct X installation”. In this case what should I do. Please suggest.

  • 15 Peggy // Apr 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Will somebody help me figure out how to install skype to my computer.I bearly can type and I want to talk and see my son, He’s in the airforce in Guam and haven’t seen him in 2 years. Thanks peg

  • 16 rijans // May 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Skype is a great though. I am addicted to yahoo messenger and Gtalk.

  • 17 Tracy Franklin // May 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My webcam is not working. Whlie going on the video settings options, i was enable to see myself displayed on the screen and the message is coming on the screen “Check you’hve got a valid Direct X installation”. In this case what should I do. Please suggest

  • 18 Susan // May 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I have tried unsuccessfully for 2 days to sign on skype with my user name and password. I have changed pw twice. Each time I get the message,’skype does not recognize user name and pw’. I can’t get tech support from skype ’cause I can’t sign in.

  • 19 patricia // Nov 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    having trouble getting onskype

  • 20 Sikiru Ganiu // Jan 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Get me connected on webcam for skype video

  • 21 areich // Feb 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    MAC users,

    anyone having trouble, be sure to keep your user name and password written down somewhere, specially if you check the box to have it auto login. skype jsut lost my password, and it took me a little bit to troubleshoot. but im deployed to a country where the skype website is blocked. Im willing to help anyone I can, but im only good with MAC. Sorry windows

  • 22 areich // Feb 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm


    SAme problem on my MAC, I had to completely uninstall skype and reinstall, *bad note* might have to pick a new name, also did you try the receive temp password from the skype website?

  • 23 areich // Feb 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    @peggy- goto skype website and donwload what u need for your computer, should be able to get the skype version you need, then after loaded, you only need his skype name, im AF too and been overseas most of my career.

  • 24 kerrigibbons // Feb 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    i would like to set up the video chat

  • 25 mary // Feb 21, 2012 at 5:52 am

    i have problem i went to how to set webcam nd i have nd the colours have faded i went to where de brightness nd de contrast is and now im seeing violet i cantsee my self

  • 26 david.sanso4 // Feb 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    i want to set my webcam for friends in my contact list to view me while talking.

  • 27 sameh // Oct 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I want to set webcam of my laptop on skyp

  • 28 dipinky // Jan 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

    i hv bisoncam in ma lappy…bt skype isnt using the webcam…it is also not thr in ma webcam settings.. how to use the webcam in skype can ne1 tell me plz ?

  • 29 Fran // Feb 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    How do I make my picture as big as the screen ? right now it is 3 inches by 3 inches
    Thank you

  • 30 linda // Apr 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    hi i hav a problem wth my webcam i cant recieve video call or do them any more on skype what could be there solution to this i hav a intel graphic media accelerator 3150

  • 31 linda // Apr 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    can u pls set for me my webcam on skype

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