Starting a video call or web conference can be surprisingly stressful. Will your webcam work as it should? Is it compatible with your web conferencing software and is everything set up correctly?
If your webcam isn’t working when the meeting starts, it’s already too late. That’s why it’s a good idea to test your webcam before your scheduled call – it can save you potential embarrassment if the video is set up incorrectly or doesn’t work at all.
How to test your webcam online
Is your webcam working properly? You should probably test this using the web conferencing software you plan to use, but if you want to quickly make sure the camera itself is working and connected correctly, try it in a web browser.
There are a handful of websites you can try; a reliable one is Webcam Test. Visit the page and click “Test my cam”. You may need to authorize your browser to access the camera, but after a moment you should see your video on the page along with detailed information about your webcam on the left.
How to test your webcam on Skype
To make sure your webcam is working properly in Skype, launch the desktop app and click the three-dot menu on the left side of the window. Click “Settings” and then, on the Settings page, click “Audio and Video”.
You should see your video. If not, the wrong camera may be selected – try the drop-down menu above the video window.
How to test your webcam on Zoom
like Skype,makes it easy to test your video from the app’s Settings screen. Launch Zoom, then click on your account avatar in the upper right corner of the window. In the drop-down menu, choose “Settings”. In the Settings window, click “Video” and you should see a live view of your camera feed at the top of the page.
How to test your webcam on Windows 10
You may not be aware of this, but Windows includes a Camera program that automatically displays the feed from your webcam. You can use the app to take photos and record videos. To test your webcam with this utility, click the Start button and type “Camera”. When you see the Camera app appear in the search results, click on it. The app will appear, which will automatically display the video from your webcam.
How to test your webcam on a Mac
Just like Windows, your Mac has a built-in camera app. Find Photobooth in your dock or by searching for it in the Finder. When it starts up, you should automatically see your webcam feed.