How to Make Voice and Video Calls on Facebook

Making free internet calls with Facebook is easy

Go to Facebook to make free video and audio calls from their website and app, or the Facebook Portal device. This means you can make free internet calls with your Facebook friends no matter where you are. Making voice and video calls with Facebook is easy since it works nearly the same way, no matter where you access Facebook—be it from your computer or your phone or tablet.

Facebook Calling Requirements

The Facebook mobile app and mobile website don't support audio or video calls. What you need is access to either the Facebook desktop website or the messaging app called Messenger.

Facebook Messenger.com

Messenger works on computers at Messenger.com, or you can download Messenger to your computer. Another way to use the Facebook voice calling or video calling feature is to get the Messenger app on your phone or tablet. It's available for iOS and Android.

When you make a VoIP Facebook call from a mobile device, you use the device's mobile data plan, so it doesn't count against the voice minutes you're limited to by your carrier. If you use Facebook calling over Wi-Fi, it doesn't count against your mobile data usage.

The same app is used for both video calls and audio calls, so you don't need a separate Facebook app for each. To have a private video chat with someone over Facebook, use the same Messenger app that lets you make voice calls.

Not all devices running the Messenger app can make video and voice calls. Some only support text messaging.

You cannot make a video call without a camera, nor are audio calls possible without a microphone. Your device needs to have those pieces of hardware either built-in or plugged in externally to call another user.

Make Voice Calls on Facebook

To make a free phone call from Facebook.com, Messenger.com, or the Messenger app, open a conversation with the recipient and select the phone icon at the top of the message box.

The Call icon in Facebook Messenger

While you're in a voice call on Facebook, select the video button to request that the recipient enable video on their side. If they do, your audio call is converted to a video call.

Facebook voice calls used to work in the Facebook app in 2013. However, now you can only make an audio call with Facebook from a phone or tablet through the Messenger app.

Make Video Calls on Facebook

Starting a video call on Facebook is as easy as making a phone call. Open a conversation with the recipient, then select the video camera to start the video call. This works anywhere you can access the calling features: Facebook.com, Messenger.com, and the desktop and mobile Messenger apps.

The Video Call button in Messenger

During a Facebook video call, select the video icon to disable the video camera. This converts the conversation to an audio call.

Help With Facebook Calls

Using Facebook's video and voice calling features requires that the computer or mobile device is set up correctly to accept these requests. Without these parameters in place, you can't talk or share your video with your Facebook friends.

If you're making a Facebook call from a computer, make sure that the webcam and microphone are properly plugged in and working. If you use a web browser for the Facebook call, pop-up blockers might interfere with the call. You must also enable the browser to access the camera and microphone, or the other person can't see or hear you.

For example, to make Facebook calls from Chrome, allow camera and mic access to permit Facebook to use the hardware during the call. Chrome also needs to allow pop-ups for Facebook or Messenger to ensure that calls can come through.

Another example where you need to set up proper permissions is when you use an iPad to make a video call or voice call on Facebook. Open Settings > Messenger and enable Microphone and Camera so that your friends can see and hear you during a call. Similar steps are necessary for Android and other mobile devices.