Making a call with Skype


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Making a call with Skype

A lady joining in a video chat using her tablet device

What's coming up?

Once you have some Skype contacts, you're ready to start making calls. It’s no harder than making a phone call - easier even, since you don’t have to remember or enter phone numbers!

In this activity, you'll learn how to make a call, answer and end a call.

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Making a video call from your contacts list

To make a Skype video call from a computer, go to your Skype contacts list and click on the name of the person want to video chat with.

To start the call, click on the video camera icon at the top right of the screen. Easy!

The video camera icon highlighted on the Skype options
The Skype search bar, which displays the hint People, groups and messages.

Finding someone on Skype

If the person you want to call isn’t in your contacts list, you can use Skype's search box, which displays the hint People, groups & messages by default. Click inside this box and the hint disappears. You can now type in the name of the person you are searching for.

A list of people with that name who use Skype will appear. Carefully check each one until you’ve found a match. Click on the matched name, then click the video camera icon to start the call. The other person’s device will start ringing, just as if they were receiving a phone call.

Answering a video call

On a computer or Android phone, click or tap the green camera button to answer the call.

On an iPhone, swipe right to answer the call, just like other iPhone calls.

The green video button and the slider options to answer a Skype call, depending on which device you are using.
An example of a video call on Skype, showing the two participants and control buttons.

What the call will look like

Once the video call starts, you’ll see the face of the person you’re talking to in full screen. You’ll also see a smaller screen of your own face. This is so you can know what you look like to the other person.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see some call control buttons.

Adding more people to a Skype call

You can talk to more than one person at a time on Skype.

You can invite another person to join the conversation by clicking on the icon showing a head and shoulders outline and a plus (+) symbol. If you're using Skype on a computer, this is located on the top right of your call. You can then choose the person from your contact list that you would like to add to the call.

The Add person button on Skype that looks like a head and shoulders outline alongside a plus symbol.
The Skype control options, highlighting the red hang up button

Ending a Skype call

You can chat for as long as you want. When you are ready to end the call, you can just click the red hang up button to end the call.

A couple saying hello to their family using a mobile device


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Making calls with Skype is very similar to making phone calls. Once you've chosen who you want to call, you need only click a couple of buttons to start a call, add others to a call, or end a call.

Next up, if you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you'll be able to take a short quiz to finish the How to use Skype course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.