How to video call with Skype: After deciding to move abroad for a short period of time, you have promised your family members to speak to you on a daily basis using Skype . Having never explored how it works, you have done some research on the Web and discovered that the famous messaging program allows you not only to send messages and make audio calls but also to see who is on the other side of the screen on video, all in a way totally free and with excellent viewing quality. If this is indeed the case and you would like to know more now, let me tell you that you have come to the right place at the right time!
With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to video call with Skype indicating the detailed procedure to be put into practice from your computer and smartphone. For each device, first, I will show you how to download Skype and how to create your account, after which I will tell you how to start a video call and how to take advantage of some additional features, such as the ability to make group video calls and record the ongoing call. How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? So let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s get to the heart of the matter immediately!
Courage: make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. By carefully following the instructions I am about to give you and trying to put them into practice, I’m sure you will soon understand how to make video calls with Skype and see on video all the people you want. All that’s left for me is to wish you a good read and get a big one in your mouth for everything!
How to use Skype without an account
Before explaining how to video call through the classic version of Skype , I want to point out the possibility of using the service without installing anything and without registration , acting directly from the browser (currently only Chrome and Edge are supported ).
To find out everything in detail, connect to this web page and click on the Create a free meeting button : you will be given an address , which you can share with anyone to let people participate in your conversation.
By visiting the address in question, you will be able to participate as a guest , setting a username valid for 24 hours, or log in normally with a Skype account . For the rest, all the main functions of Skype are there, including text chat.
During the video call (to be started by clicking on the appropriate button located at the top right and choosing whether to use webcam and / or microphone ) you can also start recording the conversation, open the chat , share the screen and more.
Video calling with Skype from a computer
Video calling with Skype is a simple procedure that allows you to contact people of your interest without spending a cent. From a computer, you can make video calls with Skype either using the software to be installed on your PC or using Skype Online , the Web version of the famous messaging service that allows you to send messages and make calls and video calls using the browser installed on your computer.
In the first case, if Skype is not yet installed on your computer and the latter is equipped with Windows 10 , start the Microsoft Store , write Skype in the Search field and, once you have identified the application in question, press the Get button to start it the download. If, on the other hand, you prefer to install the desktop version of Skype, which is also compatible with older versions of Windows and with macOS, connect to the official website of the software and press the Download Skype button .
Once the download is complete, if you have a Windows PC , double-click on the Skype- [version] .exe file , press the Yes button and click on the Install item to start the installation. If you are using a Mac , on the other hand, open the dmg package you just downloaded, move Skype to the Applications folder of macOS and open it, then right-click on the program icon and select the Open option twice in a row, in order to bypass macOS restrictions for applications from non-certified developers (this is only necessary on first launch). For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how to download Skype for free.
After starting Skype, press the Login button or create account , enter your login details in the Skype, email or username and Password fields and click the Login button to access your Skype account. If you don’t have one yet, on the login screen, choose the Click here to create one option next to Don’t have an account? and choose whether to register using your phone number or your email address. In the first case, enter the telephone number in the appropriate field and click on the Next button , otherwise select the option Use your e-mail address, enter it in the field firstname.lastname@example.org and press the Next button .
Now, choose a password to use to access your account by specifying it in the Password field , click on the Next button , enter your data in the fields Name , Surname , Country / geographical area , Date of birth and press the Next button again . Finally, verify your identity by entering the verification code received in the Enter the code field and click the Next button to complete the registration. To learn more, you can read my guide on how to create a Microsoft account.
After logging into your account, you are ready to video call with Skype. If your intention is to call a person with whom you have recently chatted, all you have to do is click on the Chat option , select the contact of your interest visible in the Recent Chats section and, in the new screen displayed, click on the icon on the top right to start the video call .
Alternatively, write the name of the person to call in the People, groups and messages field , click on the contact of your interest and press the camera icon in the chat that has opened. Once the video call has started, click the microphone icon to mute / unmute your microphone and press the camera icon if you wish to mute your webcam. Furthermore, during the video call, you can also record it by clicking on the + button at the bottom right and selecting the Start recording optionfrom the menu that appears. To find out more, I leave you to my guide on how to record Skype video calls.
If, on the other hand, you want to end the call, click on the red handset icon and that’s it. To learn more about how Skype works, you can read my in-depth guide.
It will be useful to know that, with Skype, it is also possible to make group video calls : to do this, select the Chat option , press the voice + Chat and choose the New group chat option , then type the name to be attributed to the chat, put the check mark next to the contacts to be included in the latter and press the Done button . In the new screen that appears, click on the camera icon in the top right and that’s it.
Alternatively, select the Calls tab , press the + Call button , place the check mark next to the people you want to call, click the Call button and press the camera icon to also enable the video stream. If, on the other hand, you are engaged in a video call and want to add new people, click on the little man icon at the top right and select the contact to add to the video call.
Do you prefer to make a video call with Skype without installing it on your computer? In this case, connected to the Skype website using a compatible browser (eg Chrome ), click on the Sign in button at the top right and select the item Use Skype online from the menu that appears.
In the new open page, enter your login details in the Email, telephone or Skype and Password fields and press the Login button to access your account. If, on the other hand, you don’t have an account yet, choose the option Click here to create one next to Don’t have an account? and follow the registration procedure that I indicated earlier in the paragraphs relating to the Skype software.
On the newly opened page, click the Contacts button (the book icon) at the top left, select the Online option to view only the people currently available, and click the name of the contact you want to call. Press the video camera icon at the top right to start the video call.
Alternatively, write the name of the person to call in the Search on Skype field , click on their name in the search results and, in the new screen displayed, press the camera icon to start the call with the contact of your interest.
Skype video calls from your mobile
If you are wondering if it is possible to video call with Skype from your mobile phone , the answer is affirmative as long as the application of the famous messaging service is installed on the latter, available for free for Android and iPhone devices .
Then take your smartphone and, if you haven’t already done so, download the Skype application from the integrated store. On Android , then access the Play Store by pressing on its icon (the symbol ▶ ︎ colored), write Skype in the search field at the top and start the search by pressing the magnifying glass icon . After identifying the app in question, tap the Install button and wait for the download to complete. For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how to download Skype for Android.
If, on the other hand, you have an iPhone , open the App Store by pressing on its icon (the white “A” on a blue background ), press on the Search item in the bottom menu and type Skype in the search field at the top. Then press the Get button for Skype and confirm your intention via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password.
Now, start the application by tapping on its icon (the white “S” on a light blue background ) on the home screen of your device, press the Start and Login buttons or create account , enter your data in the Skype, phone or email fields and Password and tap the Login button to connect to your account. If you have never registered on Skype and do not have an account, tap on the item Click here to create one and follow the registration procedure that I indicated in the chapter on how to video call on Skype from a computer of this guide.
At the first start of the application, press the Continue and OK buttons to allow Skype to access your contacts and use the microphone and camera of your device, then, to make a video call, tap on the Calls item , write the name of the person you want to call in the People, groups and messages field and tap on their photo .
In the new screen displayed, tap on the video camera icon at the top right to start the video call and wait for your interlocutor to answer. During the call, you can take advantage of some Skype features by pressing the relevant buttons: the megaphone icon to mute the video call; the microphone icon to disable the microphone of the device in use; the camera icon to not show your video; the two arrows icon (top right) to change the camera in use and the red handset icon to end the video call.
Furthermore, by pressing the + button and choosing the Add people option , you can add other people to the call and make a group video call, while selecting the Start recording item , you can record the video call in progress.
If, on the other hand, you want to create a group video call by inviting all the people of your interest at the same time, select the Chat option , tap the pencil icon at the top right and choose the New group chat item . Then enter a name in the Group name field , put the check mark next to the contacts to be included in the chat and press the Done button . Finally, tap on the video camera icon at the top right to start the video call.