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How to set up and uninstall Facebook video chat from your computer

Facebook has already unveiled video chat, an exciting new feature that many users are going to appreciate, but as easy to use as the company says it is, there still some questions regarding configuration that users may have like for example, how to set up Facebook video chat? or how uninstall Facebook video chat plugin? So, this is what we are going to talk about in this article, plus some other basic things that you may not know.

Let me begin by saying that Facebook is rolling out the video calling feature in the next few weeks for everybody, so you may still don’t see the Call button just yet, but early adopters can visit this page and click the Get started button to access the new video calling feature.

Now, to set up Facebook video chat is not completed at all, log in to your account, in the chat bar or in your friend’s profile locate the Call button as shown in the picture below and click it.

 Facebook Video Chat buttons

Because this is the first time you are trying to make a call, the set up video calling wizard is going to start. Now just click the Set Up button.

Set up Facebook video chat

This will trigger the download for the  FacebookVideoCallSetup.exe file; save it and double-click it to install the plugin.

This is pretty much what you have to do, the Facebook Video Call Plug-In Installer will now download and install all the components that are necessary to start video chat, and after the process is finished, video calling will complete the call you have started before.

Installing Facebook video chat

And for those of you that are looking to disable Facebook video chat, you should know that the feature doesn’t work if you don’t have installed the required plugin, so to “disable” the feature you can just uninstall the plugin.

To uninstall Facebook video chat in Windows 7 do the following:

1  First go to Start , in the search box type Add or remove programs and press Enter.

2  Now look for the application name Facebook Video Calling, select it and click the Uninstall button.

Disable/Uninstall - Facebook video chat

3  Next click Yes, wait for the uninstaller to run and do its thing and after several seconds the plugin will be uninstall from your system.

Confirmation of uninstalling Facebook video chat

And now you are done!

Other basic things about video calling:

  • Multiple video chatting is not supported, only one-to-one.
  • You can be chatting while doing a video call.
  • You cannot receive a video call if you are not logged in, but your friends can leave you a voice message that you can listen later.
  • The Facebook video chat feature is independent to the Skype software, so you can be using both at the same time.
  • You shouldn’t need a special webcam to use this service, the one you already have should be OK. The same applies for headset.
  • To end a video call just close the video window.
  • You can use Facebook video chat without a webcam, you will be able to see and hear your friend, but your friend will only be able to hear you.
  • If you have a webcam connected to your computer, you cannot use voice only, the webcam is always enabled and it cannot be disabled, unless you disconnect it. 
  • If you want to learn more about Facebook video chat visit this page.

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  • http://twitter.com/joe_ekine joe ekine

    Do you also know how to uninstall this plugin on a Mac?

    • mhweb

      Hi Joe,
      Here is how can you uninstall Facebook video chat on a Mac.

      1. In the Finder, go to your Home directory (labeled with a house icon and your username).
      2. Open the “Library” folder.
      3. Open the “Internet Plug-Ins” folder and delete the FacebookVideoCalling.bundle file.

      After deleting the file above, you can remove the following to save space:
      1. In the Finder, go to your Home directory.
      2. Open the “Library” folder and then the “Application Support” folder.
      3. Open the “Facebook” folder and delete the “video” folder.

      I hope this helps!
      Thanks for the comment,

  • http://twitter.com/joe_ekine joe ekine

    Thank you. This worked perfectly. :)

    • mhweb

      I am glad it worked and thank you again for stopping by!

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  • Jelamatibag

    Please help when the install is complete and I call one of my friend it needs to install again..
    PLEASE HELP!

    • mhweb

      Hello Jelamatibag, from which operating system are you trying to make the call? And which web browser are you using?
      Try clearing the cache from the web browser, use uninstall process mentioned here and try to install Facebook video chat one more time.
      Let me know if this helps!

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  • Emily

    My video chat keeps trying to chat my sister when ever i log on or change the page im viewing. This is oober frusterating!!! How can i fix this?

  • cyberyul

    nice article, but I’d like to know how to remove this crap in Mac OS X. Any help?

    • mhweb

      Hi Cyberyul,

      Here is how can you uninstall Facebook video chat on a Mac.

      1. In the Finder, go to your Home directory (labeled with a house icon and your username).
      2. Open the “Library” folder.
      3. Open the “Internet Plug-Ins” folder and delete the FacebookVideoCalling.bundle file.

      After deleting the file above, you can remove the following to save space:
      1. In the Finder, go to your Home directory.
      2. Open the “Library” folder and then the “Application Support” folder.
      3. Open the “Facebook” folder and delete the “video” folder.

      I hope this helps!
      Thanks for the comment,

  • nelise

    I want unistall happyface my computer from facebook maybe is on videochat with smilles

  • Gail2570

    WINDOWS 7 IS A WAY TO GET RID OF THIS CHAT BUT I HAVE STUPID VISTA, TELL ME HOW TO RID MY MACHINE OF THIS CRAZY THING I DIDNT WANT TO BEGIN WITH, BESIDES EVERYTIME I TRY TO CHAT WITH SOMEONE THEY GET A MESSAGE HEY VIDEO CHAT I DIDNT ASK THEM TOO AND I DONT APPRECIATE YOU ASKING THEM.. HELP SO FRUSTRATED

    • mhweb

      Hi Gail, there is no much difference from Windows Vista and Windows 7, you should be able to uninstall Facebook Video Chat with this instructions as well.
      You can also check this article if you need to troubleshoot the Facebook plugin: http://pureinfotech.com/2011/09/26/fix-facebook-video-calling-plugin-problems-and-errors/

      Thanks for your comment!

  • rsh

    i have same problem with uninstalling this program. when i uninstall it in control panel after some time its written there is an unexpected error 2738any person can help me?

  • DaemonQueen<3

    I did exactly as you said and after it says it’s already installed the facebook chat, i try to video call my friends but it says set up video calling again.. i’ve tried this like 10 times & it doesn’t help…Any ideas? pleasee