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How to download Skype: When did you know that with Skype it is possible not only to call and video-call other users subscribed to the service for free but also to make telephone calls via the Internet to “traditional” telephone numbers at very affordable rates, you haven’t thought about it twice and you have decided to download it on all your devices. Not being particularly knowledgeable in the technological field, however, you do not have the faintest idea how to proceed and, for this reason, you would like my help to succeed in your intent.

That’s the way it is, am I right? So let me tell you that today is your lucky day. With this guide, in fact, I will explain to you how to download skype providing you with all the information you need to achieve this goal. First of all, it will be my task to list the devices compatible with the messaging service in question and to indicate what are the necessary requirements for its correct functioning. Next, you will find the detailed steps to download and install Skype on computer, smartphone and tablet.

If this is exactly what you wanted to know, let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s see how to proceed: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you see fit and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I’m sure that, by following my instructions and trying to put them into practice, you will be able to download Skype without encountering any kind of problem. Enjoy the reading!

Minimum requirements and supported devices

Before going into the details of this guide and explaining, in detail, how to download skypeyou may find it useful to know which devices are compatible with the famous messaging service owned by Microsoft and the minimum requirements necessary for its operation.

Well, Skype is available for Windows, macOS And Linux and, for its correct functioning, it needs the following minimum requirements.

  • Operating system: Windows 8 and later or macOS 10.10 and later;
  • Processor: 1 GHz;
  • RAM: 512 MB on Windows and 1 GB on Mac;
  • Other: DirectX v9.0 or later on Windows; latest version of QuickTime on Mac.

Furthermore, I point out that it is also possible to use Skype in its web version, called Skype onlineaccessible via one of the browsers compatible with the service (Microsoft Edge And Chrome).

Regarding smartphone and tabletinstead, Skype is available as a free application for devices Android (version 4.0.4 and later) and iPhone / iPad (with iOS 10 and iPadOS). You can also download Skype on Xbox and on some devices manufactured by Amazon, such as the Fire HD tabletwhile on some devices Amazon Echo (ex. Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot etc.) Skype is integrated as “standard”.

Finally, if you are wondering how to download skype for free, you should know that the download of the software in question is free on all compatible devices that I have just listed. Even the operation of Skype is at no cost, except for the purchase of telephone credit and the activation of special subscriptions which, depending on the option chosen, allow you to make calls to fixed and mobile numbers all over the world at affordable rates. In this regard, my guide on how to make a Skype call may be useful to you.

How to download Skype to computer

After making sure that your PC or your Mac meets the characteristics I indicated in the previous lines, you are ready to download Skype to your computer. How to do? I’ll explain it to you right away!

How to download Skype on PC

How to download Skype on PC

If you have a PC with Windows 10you can download Skype directly from Microsoft Store (the application and game store included in the Microsoft operating system): just open it this linkpress the button Get and, when requested, log in with your Microsoft account by entering the data in the appropriate fields.

Once this is done, click on the button You opento allow the opening of the Microsoft Store, and then on the button Install, to start downloading and installing Skype on your computer. Finally, wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and click on the button You opento start Skype.

If, on the other hand, you use a previous version of Windowslinked to Skype official siteselect the option Download in the top menu and, in the new page open, click on the button Download Skype for Windowsto start downloading the classic software installation package.

When the download is complete, double-click the file Skype-[versione].exepress the button Yupto allow the program to make changes to your computer, and select the option Install to start the Skype installation. Then wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and Skype will start automatically.

At this point, press the button Forwardselect the option Log in or create account and, in the screen that opens, enter your Skype name, telephone number or e-mail address with which you created the account in the text field Skype, phone or email. Then click on the button Forwardalso enter the password in the appropriate field and press the button Log into sign in to Skype.

How to download Skype on Mac

How to download Skype on Mac

For download Skype on Maclinked to official site of the programclick on the item Download placed in the menu at the top and, in the new open page, click on the button Download Skype for Macto start the download.

When the download is complete, open the package .dmg just downloaded, drag theskype icon in the folder Applications macOS and open the path in question. Once this is done, right click on the program icon and select the item You open twice consecutively (this is necessary only at the first start).

Now, select the option to log in, enter the data associated with your account in the fields Skype, phone or email And Password and click on the button Log into log in and start using Skype.

How to download Skype on mobile

As mentioned in the opening lines of this guide, Skype is also available as a device application Android And iPhone (and also for iPad). Find the walkthrough for download Skype on your mobile right below.

How to download Skype on Android

Install Skype from Play Store

For download Skype on Androidstart the Play Store pressing on its icon (the colored ▶ ︎ symbol), type “Skype” in the search field located at the top and tap the button Search for.

Now, locate the app in question in the search results (it should be the first result), tap on the icon Skype (there White “S” on a light blue background) and press the button Installto start downloading and installing the app.

Wait, then, for the progress bar to reach 100% and, once the download is complete, press the button You open, to start the app and log in with your account. If you see an invitation to complete your profile and set up a payment method, click Forward And Ignoreto continue (Skype is free and there is no need to associate a payment method to the account to be able to download it).

I point out that for Android it is also available Skype Lite, a lighter version of the application, with limited data consumption, designed for less performing devices. The procedure for downloading this version of Skype is identical to what I indicated in the previous lines for downloading the “normal” version.

If, on the other hand, you are using a device on which there is no Play Store (e.g. a Huawei smartphone with AppGallery), you can download Skype through an alternative store, as I explained to you in my guide on how to install apps on Huawei (also valid for devices from other manufacturers).

How to download Skype on iPhone

How to download Skype on iPhone

Also the procedure for download Skype on iPhone it’s pretty quick and easy. All you have to do is access the App Store, search for the app in question and press the button to start the download.

So take your iPhone, start theApp Store pressing on its icon (the White “A” on a light blue background) present on the home screen or in the app Library of your “iPhone by” and tap on the item Search for located in the menu below.

In the new screen that appears, type “Skype” in the search field located at the top and tap the button Search for, in order to view the search results. At this point, click on Skype (should be the first result) and tap the button Get to start downloading the app. You may be asked to verify your identity using Face ID, Touch ID, or entering your Apple ID password.

If you are wondering how to download Skype on iPad, you must know that the procedure is similar to the one I just indicated for the iPhone. Keep in mind, however, that a version of Skype made specifically for iPad is available on the App Store: if you have chosen to download the app in question directly using the links I gave you previously, make sure you have opened the page of the Right App Store.

How to download Skype for Business

Skype for Business logo

If your intention is download Skype for Businessthe version of Skype dedicated to companies and freelancers, you should know that this has been replaced by Microsoft Teamsa very popular service mainly oriented to the business world that allows you to organize video conferences, exchange files in work groups and much more.

However, Skype for Business is still available for download (I still recommend using Microsoft Teams) and you need to activate one of the subscriptions to use it Microsoft 365with prices starting from € 6.70 / month / user excluding VAT with annual subscription. More info here.

Having clarified this, if your intention is to download Skype for Business at Windows PClinked to Microsoft official siteclick on the button Downloadput the check mark next to the version of the file that best suits your operating system (64 bit or 32 bit) and press on the item Forward, to start the download. Once the download is complete, double-click the file lyncentry.exe just downloaded, press the button Yup and wait for the software installation to complete.

If you have a Macinstead, linked to the Download page of the Microsoft sitelocate the section Skype for Business on Mac and click on the button Download. When the download is complete, double-click on the file SkypeForBusinessInstaller-[versione].pkgpress the buttons Go on (twice in a row), Accept And Installenter the password of your user account on macOS and click on the button Install softwareto start the installation.

Finally, I would like to point out that Skype for Business is also available in the form of an application for devices Android And iPhone / iPad. To download it on smartphone and tabletall you have to do is take your device, open the link I just provided you according to the operating system of your interest and press the button Install / Get. Simple, right?