While your Chromebook may have its own webcam, there is always room for improvement from an external webcam. Connecting the right external webcam for your Chromebook can bring in a better-quality video.
How do you connect your webcam to your Chromebook? First, check the webcam you are looking to pair with your Chromebook. Webcams have to be compatible with your Chromebook to work. You can plug the webcam into the Chromebook’s USB port.
The great things are that there are many webcams that are compatible with ChromeOS. You just need to learn how to connect your webcam to your Chromebook.
Connecting Your Webcam
Connecting your webcam is not as hard as you may think. Before you connect any old webcam, be sure that it is compatible with ChromeOS. Not checking this distinction, will leave you frustrated.
Connecting an external webcam will still allow you to use your default webcam when you have disconnected it. Here are the steps in connecting your webcam:
- Connect your webcam to your Chromebook through the USB port.
- Next, open up your browser and look to the right-hand side for your Menu button. When the Menu button opens up, click on Settings and then Show Advanced Settings.
- The Privacy section will appear, and you will need to click on the Content Settings button.
- Go down to the Media portion and choose the webcam that you have connected to the Camera dropdown menu.
- You are now able to use your external webcam with your Chromebook.
Note, that when you are not using your webcam, you can disable it in the software for your own security purposes. There are hackers that can take over your webcam and disabling it would be the best way to go.
Additionally, some webcams have a facial recognition feature that lets you use your face to log in to your computer instead of your password. You can use this feature to get apps from the Chrome store.
Reboot External Webcam
Later down the line, your webcam may run into an issue. You will want to reset your browser settings first before you try anything else. To do this, you will need to:
- Open your browser
- Click on Menu and go to Settings
- Go to Show Advanced Settings and click on Reset Settings.
There are some webcams that use an app to work. You may need to restart or uninstall and reinstall that app to get your webcam to work again. If after doing this nothing changes, there may be an app that is interfering with the webcam’s app.
Log out of your Chromebook and then log back in as a Guest. Next, open up a video chatting software to confirm if this step helped. In case that works then, there actually was an app that was interfering with each other.
If this is the second external webcam that you have used with your Chromebook, you may still have an older app that could be messing with your newer webcam.
Whenever there is a deeper issue with your webcam you will want to take it to a professional to have it fixed.
Before you purchase a webcam, you may wonder why there is a need for an external webcam.
Why Do You Need an External Webcam?
External webcams can help bring in better features. You may need a better-quality webcam for web conferences and important video chats. Internal webcams can sometimes be great depending on the quality of your Chromebook. Although, more than usual your default webcam will be basic.
An external webcam has features that include:
- Better video quality
- Vibrant colors
- A wide field of vision
- Adjustable hinge to move your camera even when mounted
You can still use an external webcam for video chatting software like Skype or Google Hangouts, so long as your webcam is set up correctly. External webcams too have a better built-in microphone There are some microphones that can record audio from all directions.
Attaching an external webcam gives you the ability to choose a webcam that best suits your needs. By using the default webcam, you are limited to what the manufacturer has installed into the Chromebook.
External webcams give you more than better features, they also go you an option of where you want to place your webcam. Some webcams may come with a mounting piece and you are able to place them on a windowsill.
Since Chromebooks do not have a video recording app already installed, you can download apps that will let you. Some apps will make you give them the ability to use your webcam. Chat for Google is a great app that you can download, and it can be used with your default webcam as well.