How to activate Skype: You have the need to communicate with distant friends, colleagues and relatives and, for this reason, you would like to use Skype , the famous Microsoft service, which you have always heard well about. Until now, however, you have never had the opportunity to try it firsthand and, thanks to a lot of free time, you would like to finally learn how to do it.
How do you say? Have I definitely hit the point? In this case, I am happy to let you know that you are in the right place to start. In the course of this guide, in fact, I will explain to you in detail how to activate Skype on all the platforms for which the service is available: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and iPadOS.
For the sake of completeness, I will also show you how to enable instant translations of Skype Translator and, finally, I will provide you with some useful information on Skype for Business , the “corporate” version of the Microsoft platform. So, without hesitating a single second more, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject. I wish you good reading and have fun!
How to activate Skype on PC
If you want to use Skype on a computer , you will be pleased to know that the service client is available for both Windows and macOS. To use it, you need to authenticate with a Microsoft account or create a new dedicated account. Outside the client, Skype can also be used directly via browser and without creating any account: just connect to this page . That said, let’s go back to the client and see how to successfully activate it on Windows and macOS.
How to activate Skype on Windows
If what you use is a PC with a Windows 10 operating system , you can activate Skype using the appropriate application on the Microsoft Store . So, to get started, connected to this web page , click on the Get and Open Microsoft Store buttons , in order to start the latter program and, when it opens, click on the Get and Install buttons , to start the Skype setup.
If, on the other hand, you have a previous version of Windows or prefer to use the desktop client, connected to the official website of the program , click on the Download Skype for Windows button and wait for the software setup file to be downloaded to your computer.
When the download is complete, launch the file obtained and click on the Yes and Install buttons to start the software installation, which should be completed automatically. The program should open at the end of the above procedure but, if this does not happen, you can start it via the icon that is created on the Windows Desktop and / or in the Start menu .
After starting Skype, if you use Windows 10 , you may be asked to log in using the Microsoft account already configured in the system, if present (if you prefer to avoid this happening and use a different account, click on Ignore ).
Alternatively, you should find yourself in front of the initial screen of the program: first of all, click on the Sign in or create account button and, if you have a Microsoft account or a Skype account, type in the email address , telephone number or the username in the appropriate text box, click on the Next button and, in the same way, enter the password on the next screen.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to create a new Microsoft / Skype account, click on the item Click here to create one and fill in the following forms with the requested information: indicate your phone number in the appropriate field (or, if you prefer to link yours Skype account to an e-mail address, click on the item Use your e-mail address ), press the Next button , enter the password to be used to access the account in the field displayed later and click the Next button again , to proceed with the account creation.
To conclude, enter your Name and Surname in the next form, click on the Next button , specify your country of residence and your date of birth , click again on the Next button and, if you have chosen to register by phone number , enter the code you should have received via SMS; if you have chosen to register via e-mail address, you will receive the aforementioned code in your e-mail box.
When you’re done, click on the Next button and that’s it: you’ve just activated a new Skype profile! At this point, you just have to follow the first start-up wizard: click on the Continue button , add an image to use for your profile by dragging it into the proposed window, click on the Continue button again and check the microphone and speaker settings using of the next screen.
To make sure that the speakers / headphones are working correctly, click on the Check audio item ; to check the operation of the microphone, instead, click on the item Make a free trial call . To change the microphone or speakers in use, use the drop-down menus located next to the relevant items.
Finally, click on the Continue button and check the operation of the webcam, making sure that your face is displayed in the box on the screen; to change the camera to use, use the drop-down menu located next to the Camera item . When you are ready, click on the Continue button and that’s it: starting from this moment, you can finally start and receive messages, calls and video calls via Skype!
To add a new contact, click on the People, groups and messages bar located at the top left and type in it the name, phone number, Skype username or email address of the person you are interested in. To add it to your list, click on the most relevant search result and then on the icon of the little man with the + symbol , located at the top right.
To learn more about how to use Skype, I recommend that you carefully read the in-depth guide that I have dedicated to the program, in which I have dealt with the subject in great detail.
How to activate Skype on Mac
If you use a Mac , you can download Skype directly from the official Microsoft website: after connecting to this website , click on the Download Skype for Mac button and wait for the download of the program installation file to be completed.
Subsequently, start the file obtained and, using the Finder window that is proposed to you, drag the Skype icon into the Mac Applications folder ; afterwards, access the aforementioned folder and double click on the previously copied icon to start the program.
From this moment on, the methods of use are completely similar to those seen previously for Windows , as the interfaces of the two clients are practically identical.
How to activate Skype on mobile
If you prefer, you can choose to activate Skype on your mobile using the official apps for Android, iOS and iPadOS smartphones and tablets. Below I’ll explain how to do it.
How to activate Skype on Android
If you want to use Skype on Android , the first thing you need to do is start the Play Store by touching the colored triangle icon that resides on the home screen of the device or in the drawer.
Then, using the search bar at the top, search for the term Skype and, after identifying the most relevant result, tap on its icon and press the Install and Accept buttons to download and install the app. If you are reading this guide via the device on which you want to install Skype, you can speed up the procedure for accessing the Play Store by tapping on this link .
Now, start the app, by tapping on the icon that, in the meantime, has been created on the Home screen or in the drawer, tap on the Login or create account button and, if you already have a Skype account or a Microsoft profile, enter the credentials in the form that is proposed to you later.
Alternatively, tap on the item Click here to create one and, when prompted, enter the phone number to be associated with Skype and press the Next button ; if, on the other hand, you prefer to create a profile starting from an email address, tap the item Use your email address and, when ready, type it in the appropriate text field.
At this point, specify a password to use to access the service, proceed with the validation of the information entered by typing, when requested, the verification code received via SMS / email and, finally, indicate your name , country of residence and date of birth in the appropriate fields.
Once you have signed up for Skype, you should find yourself in front of the app configuration screen. To start, then choose the graphic theme to use ( light or dark ), tap the button with the arrow symbol and answer affirmatively to the warning messages proposed below, to grant the app the necessary permissions to function correctly: access to contacts , camera , microphone , notifications and, if required, device memory .
The main features of the app are found on the bottom bar of the app: to start a new chat, tap the button with the pencil icon . To access the open conversations, instead tap on the button depicting a comic ; to see the list of contacts, tap the one with an address book icon .
If you want to start a call or a video call (including a group call), tap the button with a handset icon and you’re done. To find out more, take a look at my tutorial on how Skype works, in which I explained everything in detail.
How to activate Skype on iPhone
If you are wondering how to activate Skype on iPad (and iPhone), know that the steps to take are not very dissimilar to those already seen for Android. To start, start the iOS / iPadOS App Store , touching the stylized A icon on a blue background that resides on the device’s Home screen, tap the Search button (bottom right) and, using the proposed bar, type the word Skype and press the Search button on the virtual keyboard.
Now, tap on the most relevant result to open the Skype for iPhone tab (which you can also reach by following this link ), press the Get and Install buttons and, if requested, confirm your willingness to proceed by identifying yourself with Face ID , Touch ID or using the iCloud account password .
After installation, tap the Open button located in the App Store, or use the Skype icon that, in the meantime, has been added to the Home screen, in order to start the application, then tap the Continue button and proceed with the activation of the Skype account following the same steps seen for Android .
How to activate Skype for Business
To interact with your company’s team via Skype , organizing real online meetings via voice or video calls (up to a maximum of 250 people), you can activate Skype for Business – now “incorporated” into the Microsoft Teams hub – by subscribing to one of the versions of Microsoft 365 in which it is included, with prices starting at € 6.70 / month excluding VAT with an annual subscription. To learn more and possibly activate the service, you can consult the dedicated page on the Microsoft website.
However, you will be pleased to know that it is also possible to install it for free in its Basic version , on all operating systems supported by the service ( Windows , macOS , Android , iOS and iPadOS ): this version, however, has limitations in some features, mainly linked to the management and organization of group calls.
To download Skype for Business in its free version, please follow the instructions that best suit your operating system.
- Windows – connected to this website , locate the Microsoft Skype for Business Basic box , make sure that the language to be used for installing the program is indicated in the drop-down menu (presumably Italian ) and click on the Download button , to go to the next step. At this point, put the check mark next to the version of the file that best suits your operating system (64 bit or 32 bit), click on the Next button and wait for the program installation package to be downloaded to your computer. Next, launch the .exe file you picked up earlier, hit the Yes buttonand wait for the software installation to complete.
- macOS – connected to the Skype for Business for Mac download page , make sure that Italian is indicated in the Select language drop-down menu and press the Download button to obtain the software installation file. After downloading it completely, launch it and press the Continue buttons twice in succession, Accept and Install . When prompted, enter your Mac password , press the Install software button and finalize everything by pressing the OK and Close buttons .
- Smartphones and tablets – you can get Skype for Business for Android, iOS and iPadOS by downloading it from the Play Store and the App Store , respectively .
Although Skype for Business is still fully functional, I still recommend that you consider using Microsoft Teams , the complete hub dedicated to managing communications and exchanging files between company members.
Generally, Microsoft Teams is included in the Microsoft 365 / Office 365 packages dedicated to business but, on some occasions, it is possible to register your company for free and make it available to your employees, always free of charge: if you are interested in this solution, I highly recommend you take a look at my tutorial on how to download Microsoft Teams.
How to activate Skype Translator
If you are about to have a Skype conversation with someone who speaks a different language than yours, you can activate Skype Translator to get a translation in real time. This service, which can be activated on Skype for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS / iPadOS, allows you to translate text and voice “on the fly” from and to 10 different languages (at least at the time of writing this guide): Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Japanese, English (UK), English (US), Italian, Portuguese, Russian, German and Spanish.
As things currently stand, translated conversations are not available in calls or group chats; moreover, the language in which to translate, by default, is the same in use on the system from which you are acting (this behavior can however be changed as needed). To activate Skype Translator, follow these steps.
- Access the Chat section of Skype, locate the conversation to apply the translation to, right click (on computer) or make a long tap (on smartphone and tablet) on its preview and select View profile . Alternatively, you can open the chat screen and click or tap on its top.
- Once you have reached the profile details screen, locate the Translate conversation box and press the Send translation request option ; if you are interested in changing the target language, use the Translation settings drop-down menu . Following this operation, the contact will receive the activation notification for translated conversations: to continue, the contact will have to press the Accept button .
- When the interlocutor gives his consent to activate Skype Translator, instant messages and calls will be translated into the chosen language.
Keep in mind that, at any time, you can view the original message by clicking on the item Show translation attached to the relative comic.
To deactivate Skype Translator, log back into the profile of the user with whom you enabled it, go to the Translate conversations box and press the Stop translations button . Simple, isn’t it?