How to make a video conference with Skype: Having the need to organize a video conference , your employer asked you the favor of identifying a completely free tool capable of creating and planning meetings remotely. Having already used it in the past, you immediately thought of Skype , the famous Microsoft service that allows you to make free calls and video calls over the Internet all over the world: not remembering the procedure for organizing a new meeting, however, you had to do some research on the Web and so you ended up on this guide of mine.
That’s the way it is, right? Then let me tell you that you’ve come to the right place at the right time! In this guide, in fact, I will explain how to make a video conference with Skype both from a computer, via a browser or using the client of the famous Microsoft service, as well as from smartphones and tablets, by downloading the official Skype app.
In addition to the walkthrough for organizing a meeting and getting the unique link to invite others to join, you’ll find directions for creating a multiple video conference and instructions for joining a meeting you’ve been invited to. So let’s ban the chatter and see how to proceed. Happy reading and, above all, good work!
Before getting to the heart of this tutorial and explaining how to make a video conference with Skype , it might be useful to know that it is possible to organize and participate in meetings even without creating a Skype account, acting directly from the browser (currently only Chrome and Edge are supported ).
By doing so, you can make a video conference with Skype without having to install the official client of the famous Microsoft service on your computer and without any limitations. In fact, it is possible to organize free meetings by inviting up to 50 participants and to create a unique link that allows you to access the video conference at any time and from any device.
Alternatively, you can create meetings using the “classic” version of Skype, to be installed on computers, smartphones and tablets. In this case, unlike meetings created by browsers without accounts, you can directly invite other people without having to wait for their access via the invitation link. In that regard, my guide on how to download Skype may be useful to you.
How to make a video conference with Skype from a computer
To organize a video conference with Skype from your browser, connected to the official website of the famous Microsoft service , enter a name to be associated with your meeting in the Meeting name field and click on the Create a free meeting button to create the video conference.
At this point, all you have to do is copy the unique link of the meeting visible on the screen and manually send it to all the people who want to join the conference. Alternatively, click on the Share invitation button and select one of the available options among Publish on Facebook , Send with WhatsApp , Send with Telegram , Outlook Mail and Gmail , to share the invitation link on Facebook or send it via WhatsApp, Telegram or using Your email address.
As mentioned in the introductory lines of this guide, the unique link of the videoconference you have organized does not expire and can be used at any time. For this reason, when you share the link in question with other attendees, I recommend that you also specify the day and date of the meeting.
At this point, you are ready to start the videoconference. To do this, click on the Start call button and, in the new page opened, select the option Join as a guest and enter your name in the appropriate field, to use Skype without an account. If, on the other hand, you prefer to log in with your Microsoft account, click on the Sign in or create account button, enter the data in the Email, phone or Skype and Password fields and click on the Sign in button .
As soon as the other participants have also joined the meeting, move the lever next to the camera and microphone icons , to activate the video and audio, and click on the Start call button , to start the video conference.
Please note that if you are signed in with your Microsoft account, you can invite other people to join the meeting (including those you have added to Skype contacts) by pressing the little man icon , at the top right.
How do you say? Do you prefer to organize a meeting using the desktop version of Skype ? In this case, start the program in question and, if you have not set up automatic access to your account, enter the data in the Skype, phone or email and Password fields , then click on the Login button to log in.
Once this is done, make sure you have selected the Chat or Calls option , click on the Meeting button in the sidebar on the left and note the unique link of the video conference that you will have to send to all the contacts of your interest.
To do this, you can proceed manually by selecting the Share invitation and Copy link options or send it via an e-mail message, choosing the Share invitation and Outlook / Gmail items items . Alternatively, you can directly add the people of your interest and have a multiple videoconference .
Regardless of your choice, to start the meeting, move the levers next to the camera and microphone icons to activate your computer’s webcam and microphone, and click the Start Call button to start the video conference.
I would like to point out that during the meeting, in addition to the possibility of adding other contacts by pressing the little man icon , at the top right, you can share your computer screen ( Share screen ), record the video call ( Start recording ), send messages in chat ( Chat ) and much more. To learn more, I leave you to my guide on how to use Skype.
How to make a video conference with Skype from smartphones and tablets
If your intention is to video conference with Skype from smartphones and tablets , you need to download the Skype application for Android or iPhone / iPad devices and log in with your Microsoft account.
To proceed, start the app in question, press the Start and Login buttons or create account , enter your account data in the Skype, phone or email and Password fields and tap the Login button to login. For the detailed procedure you may find my guide on how to sign in to Skype useful.
Now, click on the Chat option (or on the Calls item ) in the bottom menu, tap on the video camera icon and, on the Meeting screen, click on the Continue button . Then enter the name of the videoconference you are creating in the What this meeting is about field and tap on the Copy link option , to copy the unique link of the meeting and manually send it to all the people of your interest (including those who do not have a Skype account).
Alternatively, you can choose the Share item , to send the link to the newly created meeting through the messaging apps installed on your device (eg WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.), or select the Skype Contacts option , to create a multiple video conference .
Regardless of your choice, when you’re ready to start the meeting, tap the Start Call button , make sure the toggles next to the camera and microphone icons are set to ON , indicating that Skype has access to the camera and microphone of the your device, and press the Start Call button again to start the videoconference.
How to make a multiple videoconference with Skype
As I mentioned in the previous paragraphs, it is possible to have a multiple videoconference with Skype consisting of a maximum number of 50 participants. In addition to creating and sharing the meeting link with people interested in attending, you can add attendees directly as long as you are signed in with your Microsoft account.
To do this from a computer via a browser, connected to the official Skype website , click on the Create a free meeting and Start call buttons and, in the new open page, select the Log in or create account option , to log in with your Skype account.
Once this is done, select the Skype Contacts option , put the check mark next to the contacts to add to the meeting and click on the Done button . If, on the other hand, the people you want to add to the videoconference are not among your contacts, enter the name or email address associated with the Skype account in the Search field , select those you are interested in and press the Done button . Then click on the Start Call button to start the group meeting.
How do you say? Have you already started the video conference and want to add other people? In this case, click on the little man icon , at the top right, select the contacts of your interest and click on the Add button .
If you prefer to use the desktop version of Skype , click on the Meeting button , to create a new video conference, select the Share invitation item and choose the Skype Contacts option from the menu that opens. Now, put the check mark next to the contacts you are interested in or search for people to add to the meeting and press the Done button . If you have already started the call, you can add further contacts by pressing the little man icon , at the top right.
From smartphones and tablets , on the other hand, press the video camera icon to create a new meeting, select the Skype Contacts option , select the contacts of your interest and press the Done button to add them to the video conference. If, on the other hand, you have already started the call, press the speech bubble icon , at the top left, press the Add people button , select the contacts to add and tap the Done button . Simple, right?
How to join a video conference with Skype
If you’ve received an invitation to join a Skype video conference , all you need to do is click on the link provided and choose whether to join as a guest or sign in using your Microsoft account.
In the first case, click on the Join as guest button , enter your name in the appropriate field (the guest account remains active for 24 hours) and click on the Join button to access the videoconference. If, on the other hand, you prefer to log in with your account, select the Log in or create account option, enter your details in the Email, phone or Skype and Password fields and press the Log in and Join the call buttons , to log in and join the videoconference.
Please note that it is also possible to participate in a meeting by direct invitation from one of your contacts. In this case, as soon as the user in question adds you to the videoconference, all you have to do is press the green handset icon to answer the call and join the meeting.