Enable Facebook Video Chat Calling in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Facebook just announced their built-in video chat feature that uses Skype to initiate video calls, but unfortunately support for the new feature is lacking for users with Mac OS X Lion and the latest version of Safari. If you try it, you’ll see the video call button has been greyed out with a message saying “Not supported in this browser or OS version”.
Don’t worry, there’s a ridiculously easy fix, all you need to do is change your browsers user agent in Safari (or Chrome or Firefox), here’s how in Safari:
- Pull down the Developer menu and select “Safari 5.1 – Mac”
- Reload Facebook and enjoy video chatting
Tough work huh?
I’m a little surprised that Facebook overlooked Mac OS X Lion support considering much of their office uses Mac’s and MacBook Pro’s, but maybe the developers haven’t tried out Lion GM yet. I’ll bet support will come relatively soon, but for now, this trick from 9to5mac does the job.
Somewhat related, don’t miss the Facebook disguiser Excellbook, it makes Facebook look like a spreadsheet so you can pretend you’re working while you facebook all day long.