How to make a phone call with Skype: Your best friend has recently moved abroad and, to avoid spending too much on phone calls, you have decided to hear from each other via Skype . For this reason, you have already downloaded and installed the famous messaging program on all your devices but, in trying to initiate your first call, something went wrong. That’s the way it is, am I right? So I don’t see what the problem is: if you want, I’m here to help you and explain how to succeed in your intent.
If you give me a few minutes of your free time, I can tell you how to call with Skype listing all the solutions at your disposal. First, I’ll walk you through how to call other Skype users without spending a dime, and walk you through the steps to start both an audio call and a video call. Next, you will find all the information you also need to call landlines and mobile numbers, including international numbers. Interesting, right?
If you can’t wait to find out more, let’s not waste any more time chatting and get to the action right away. Courage: make yourself comfortable, set aside five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. Carefully follow the instructions I am about to give you, try to put them into practice from the device of your interest and I assure you that you will be able to make all the Skype calls you want without experiencing any kind of problem. Let it bet?
How to use Skype without an account
Before explaining how the standard version of Skype works to be installed on PC, smartphone and tablet, I would like to point out the possibility of using the service without registration and without installing programs on the PC . How? By connecting to this web page with one of the supported browsers ( Chrome and Edge ) and clicking on the Create a free meeting button .
A chat room will be created and a link will be shown to you, which you will need to share with other attendees. Once you have visited the conference address, you will be able to join as a guest (with an account valid for 24 hours) or log in with a Skype account .
The web version of Skype includes everything you need: at the bottom you will find the chat field , with the buttons next to it to send attachments, invite contacts, create polls, etc. while at the top right there are the buttons to start / join the call and leave the group .
Once the video call has started (choosing whether to use webcam and / or microphone ), you can also start recording it, open the text chat , share your screen , send a reaction and much more, using the convenient on-screen buttons.
How to make free Skype calls
If your intention is to call Skype without putting your hand in your wallet, you will be happy to know that it is possible to both call and video call for free all users subscribed to the service. How to do? I’ll explain it to you right away!
How to make a Skype call on your mobile
To make Skype calls on your mobile , take your smartphone, make sure you have an active Internet connection and start the Skype app for Android or iPhone devices . If the app is not yet installed on your device, my guide on how to download Skype may be useful.
Now, if it is your first login, press the Start button , tap the Login or create account item, enter your Skype account data in the Skype, phone or email and Password fields and press the Login button to log in. If, on the other hand, you don’t have an account yet, choose the Click to create one option and enter all the required data to complete the registration. For the detailed steps, you can check out my guide on how to create a Microsoft account.
At this point, on the main screen of the Skype app, select the Contacts option , visible in the menu located at the bottom, and press on the name of the contact you want to call. Alternatively, if the person you intend to call is not among your contacts, choose the Chat option , write the name of the person in question in the People, groups and messages field , at the top, and tap on the user of your interest , to open a new chat.
In the new screen displayed, press the handset icon (or the camera icon , if you intend to start a video call), at the top right, and wait for the user you are calling to answer your call.
It will be useful to know that during the call you can use various tools: the microphone icon to mute the microphone; the video camera icon to switch from a call to a video call; the speech bubble icon to send a written message and the square icon to take a picture of the phone screen and send the screenshot in the chat.
Also, by pressing the three dots icon , at the bottom right, you can add new people to the call ( Add people ), you can record calls ( Start recording ) and share your screen ( Share screen ). To end the call, instead, tap on the red handset icon .
In case you want to start group calls directly, select the Chat option , tap the pencil icon , at the top right, and choose the New call item . Then put the check mark next to the contacts to call and tap the Call button , at the top right, to start the call.
How to call with Skype from your computer
If you prefer to call with Skype from your computer , you should know that you can do it both from the official Skype client and from its web version, accessible directly from the browser (at the time of writing this guide, calls are only supported with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge) .
In the first case, start Skype and, if you haven’t already, log into your account. At this point, enter the name of the person you want to call in the People, groups and messages field , at the top right, click on the name of the user you are interested in and press the handset icon to start the call. If, on the other hand, you want to make a video call, click on the camera icon .
Once the call has started, click on the microphone icon to mute / activate the computer microphone, while pressing the video camera icon you can activate / deactivate the webcam. Furthermore, if you want to record the call or put the call on hold , you can click on the item Other options (the three dots icon ) and choose the option of your interest.
It will be useful to know that, even in this case, you can add new people to the call at any time by pressing the little man icon , at the top right, and selecting the users to add to the call. To end the call, however, click on the red handset icon .
Do you want to start a group call? In this case, simply select the Calls tab on the main Skype screen, click the New Call button , select all users to include in the call and click the Call button .
As mentioned above, you can also start a Skype call using the browser installed on your computer ( Chrome or Microsoft Edge ). In this case, connected to the official Outlook website , click on the Login button , at the top right, enter your account data in the Email, phone or Skype and Password fields and press the Login button to log in.
At this point, click on the Skype logo , located in the top menu, enter the name of the person to call in the Search field and click on the contact in question. Then press the handset icon to start the call, and that’s it.
How to call with Skype for a fee
If you are wondering if it is also possible to use Skype to call a mobile number or a landline number, you should know that the answer is positive. In fact, by purchasing Skype credit or activating one of the available subscriptions, you can make calls all over the world at very low cost.
Costs for calling with Skype
Before explaining how to call a landline number, both national and international, with Skype, it might be useful to know what the costs are for calling with Skype .
If you make a few calls, you can choose to buy Skype Credit (available in 5 , 10 and 25 euro denominations ) and pay for your calls as you go. For example, the rates for calls in Italy are 2.4 cents / min. for calls to landlines and 10.6 cents / min. for calls to mobile phones. In both cases, there is no connection fee. More info here .
If, on the other hand, you often use Skype to make phone calls, I recommend that you activate one of the subscription plans available.
- 100 minutes in Italy (3.66 euros / month) : 100 minutes of calls to national landlines and mobile phones. A one month free trial is available.
- 400 minutes Italy (€ 7.93 / month) : for calls to Italian landlines and mobile phones. A one month free trial is available.
- Fixed Italy (3.66 euros / month) : for unlimited calls to national fixed numbers. A one month free trial is available.
- Landlines and mobile phones in Italy (€ 14.64 / month) : for unlimited calls to Italian landlines and mobile phones.
- Landlines Europe (23.18 euros / month) : for unlimited calls to landlines in 28 European countries.
- Landlines and mobile phones in Europe (€ 40.26 / month) : for unlimited calls to landline numbers and mobile phones in 25 European countries.
- World (15.86 euros / month) : for unlimited calls to landline and mobile numbers in 63 countries around the world.
Since using the Skype app it is not possible to activate the free trial of the subscriptions that provide it and the price of some plans are higher than what I indicated above, to buy Skype Credit or activate one of the subscription plans, you I recommend connecting to the official Skype website , logging in with your account and selecting the Skype to phones option , located in the top menu.
In the new screen displayed, choose the solution that you think best suits your needs and follow the instructions shown on the screen to complete the payment.
How to call a landline number with Skype
To call a landline number from smartphones and tablets with Skype, start the Skype app, select the Calls item , located in the bottom menu, and press the numeric keypad icon . Then dial the phone number to call and tap on the phone handset icon to start the call.
Alternatively, if the phone number to call is available in the address book of your phone and you have allowed Skype to access your contacts, select the Contacts option at the bottom, press on the All item , tap on the contact to call and press on the number in question, to initiate the call.
It will be useful to know that by pressing on the option Set caller ID so that people know that you are calling , you can enter your phone number which will be displayed by the person called.
From the computer, on the other hand, click on the numeric keypad icon visible in the main Skype screen, near the search field People, groups and messages , dial the telephone number to call and click on the handset icon to start the call .
Again, you can choose to show your caller ID. To do this, access the Skype numeric keypad screen, click on the gear wheel icon and press on the Caller ID option , then enter the phone number to show when making calls with Skype and click on the Save button , to save the changes.
Finally, you must know that the procedure I have just indicated for calling landlines is also valid for starting a call to any mobile number.
How to make a Skype call abroad
If you are wondering how to make a Skype call abroad , you should know that the procedure for calling international telephone numbers is identical to what I indicated in the previous lines to make calls to landline and mobile phone numbers.
Before proceeding, however, make sure you have activated a subscription that includes calls to the country of your interest. If, on the other hand, you have not yet activated any subscription, connect to the official Skype website and select the country you want to call using the Where do you want to call drop-down menu ? , to view the solutions that best suit your needs.