Webcam on Google Talk ? Now We have Webcam on Gmail and Orkut

Today, ( 21st of August, 2009, ) I am updating this post, splitting this in to old post and new post, updating tips and more information about video chat. And, do you know that Orkut now has Webcam Video Chat ? . If you have Google Wave Account, there is a Plugin for webcam chat on Google Wave.

How to Make Phone Calls from Your Gmail Inbox

Using Google Chrome ?     Discover Excellent  Tips and Tricks from Chromestory.com !!

Update: Gmail and Orkut Adds File Transfer Feature


When you have a chat window open on gmail or orkut, click on “Actions” and “Send File” and you can send a file to your friend you are talking to.

Picture of File Transfer in Gmail and Orkut

Picture of File Transfer in Gmail and Orkut

New Post:  Gmail now has Webcam and Voice Chat

Web cam on Gmail Google Talk
Web cam on Gmail Google Talk

How to Enable : All you have to do is download and install the voice and video plugin and you will have your gmail webcam and voice chat ready !!

Once you install the plugin, to start a video chat, just click on the “Video & more” menu at the bottom of your Gmail chat window, and choose “Start video chat.” You’ll have a few seconds to make sure you look presentable while it’s ringing, and then you’ll see and hear your friend live, right from within Gmail

Read more here

Tips n Ticks for Gmail Webcam Chat

How to Popuout video : When you are on  a chat, you know how you make it a separate window, and continue to chat , this is possible with video chat also. The follow image shows where you should click to pop the window out from your gmail inbox.

gmail video chat
gmail video chat


gmail webcamHow to watch in full screen : When you are watching someone on the video, and wants to make it full screen, you will see an icon similar to youtube.com’s “full screen” button. Click on that, and you will go fullscreen. See this image here if you can’t identify the button.

gtalkvideoAnother Update for you : Video Chat from iGoogle

You can now use Video chat from iGoogle ie, your customized google home page. The first time you use video chat in iGoogle, you’ll need to download a small plugin. It’s free and installs in seconds. To video chat with a friend, click on the “Start video chat” link in the “Actions” menu at the bottom of a chat window ( source )

Old Post : Using Your Webcam to take picture for profile photo

gmail webcamEven when we use gmail and gtalk for most of our chat and email, we often go back to Yahoo, for video and Webcam. What if you have webcam also, on your gtalk or gmail ? Well, don’t get excited, the feature is yet to be announced. But, I think, its on its way. Reason ? Google announced recently, that Google Talk gadget users will now be able to take a picture directly from the webcam to use as their profile picture gtalk.

” Currently, this feature only works in the Google Talk gadget, but will set your picture across the Google Talk network, including in Gmail.”

Yahoo never allowed us to use webcam from a linux machine, will google enable that feature ? Thats my concern now.

How To

From the Google Talk gadget, click on your Google Talk picture, and select the “Take Photo” option. You’ll see the image from your webcam appear, and you’ll be able to take and retake pix to your heart’s content. When you get that perfect shot, just click “Save” to set it as your picture.

Currently, this feature only works in the Google Talk gadget, but will set your picture across the Google Talk network, including in Gmail.

ps: images and info from here

43 Comments

  1. Thats cool ! Its High time they introduced this feature!

  2. why cant we use webcam on gmail or google talk. pl start. its a big problem

  3. we cant use webcam. allow.

  4. why cant we use webcam AND h.p.mic on gmail or google talk. pl start. its a big problem for me

  5. it is imperative to extend webcam service in google talk

  6. it is necessary that webcam in google or google talk. Please introduce webcam facility very soon.

  7. Please introduce webcam facility with better quality than another messenger

  8. Hi, I would like to know how to use webcam in google talk messenger. Is the facility available in G-talk? currently we are using webcam by yahoo messenger and talking by google talk.

    Please advise

    ABDUL KALAM

    • it is not available on google talk yet. But, you can enable it on the chat inside your gmail account. For this, you will need to install a plugin.

  9. Please do something fast about this issue,i can’t believe google chat doesn’t have this facility.Its a shame please.

  10. icant google chat with web cam

  11. It is very frustrating for all the mac users because we cannot install the google webcam plug in. Could someone do something quickly.

  12. Mita, pray to google god, that’s all you can do, for now :)

  13. pl tell me isthere any google web camera where we can chat and share web cam.pl inform me through e mail

  14. how to use webcame on gtalk

  15. Can someone guide me to install webcam in google talk?

    please help

    dr nadarajan

  16. webcam on gtalk never works, plugin is installed umpteen times browsers are closed and then again the same cycle starts wasted lot of time .

  17. KAMALESH SUTHAR

    December 4, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    When i starter to download your google web cem there are some virus infected to my lap top? Why it Is happened? is your this program are infected with any virus?
    Due to virus i am unable use your valuable google video chat.

    Please inform what i have to do for remove this virus.

  18. Do we need a webcam for a gmail video chat?

  19. Sandeep Pathak

    May 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Can Gtalk use a hign-end 3CCD Camera connected through an Osprey or Pinnacle Capture card.

  20. I have acer laptop in built web cam but i can’t able to chat in video

  21. when i do video chat…i can see the cam of my friend but…he is not able to see me even though my cam is working properly…

  22. Where ever you wish to find a webcam plugin for gtalk, its always mentioned that gtalk is in its initial phase and the feature is yet to come. Its high time now that this feature should be released on gtalk.

  23. Adityendra dhabhai

    May 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    when i do video chat my friend can see me but i can’t……what would i do….

  24. i have already installed that plug-in bt still its showing tht enable to do voice/video chat can u tell me another solution ?

  25. koyoh t e dist hailakandi

  26. How could i view webcam in a googletalk while i m chatting with my families or my friends….?is it possible to do video call chat on this googletalk…?

  27. yeah sure jose we need video call in this chat room bcz now a days most of them are creating gmail id….its very better than rediffmail know……

  28. Development services

    July 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Hi there, Please can u people explain it more briefly so that i can enable web cam on G talk. And how to transfer the files on G talk. Please help me out. Thanks.Development services

  29. I have tried it, its not working.

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