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've created your Skype contacts list, 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

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.

Once you've selected your contact, click on the video call button.

A sample Skype window with Mary selected, showing a few buttons as ways to get in contact with her
A sample Skype window showing that Mary is being called

Answering a video call

The other person's device will start ringing, just as if they were receiving a phone call. To talk, they just click the blue 'pickup' button.

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 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.

A sample Skype call showing who you are talking to taking up most of the screen, and yourself seen in a small window at the bottom of the screen
A sample Skype call featuring three people

Adding more people to a Skype call

You can talk to more than one person at a time on Skype. To join another person to the conversation, select their name from your contact list and click the '+' symbol.

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 sample Skype call, highlighting the red hang up button

The Skype interface

Let's take a look at the different parts of Skype.

Click Play on the next slide to see the most important controls in Skype.

6.2.3 panel 8 The Skype interface

This demonstration video is approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds in duration. It demonstrates how Skype appears and works on a Windows 10 computer.

Once the video starts, the intro panel fades and we see the screen is split into two parts. On the left-hand side is an animation of Mary's Skype account showing Dmitri Johnson's contact details. On the right-hand side, there is text displayed, which is the script for the voiceover track.

Voiceover: "This is how Skype appears on a Windows computer. Yours may appear slightly differently, but the features should mostly be the same."

The left-hand panel zooms in to the Recent contacts Mary has made on Skype.

Voiceover: "This panel shows recent contacts you've had. You can click on a name if you want to start a new chat or video call."

The left-hand panel zooms in closer to see the small icon that looks like an address book, just to the right of the search bar.

Voiceover: "You can see your Skype contacts by clicking on the Contacts button. A Contacts window will appear."

The left-hand panel shows Mary clicking on her Contacts button and a list of all her Skype contacts appears.

Voiceover: "This contains a list of everyone in your Skype contacts list. The Search bar can help you find people to add to your contacts list. We're going to search for our friend, Dmitri, and add his city so that we find the right person."

The left-hand panel zooms in on the Search bar at the top of the contacts list and we see Dmitri Johnson Sydney being typed in.

Voiceover: "Bingo! You can click on a name to see that person's profile."

The left-hand panel shows Dmitri Johnson's profile page.

Voiceover: "It's from here that you can start a video or voice call. Press the video camera button to start a video call. the other person's computer will start ringing. When they pick up, the video call will start."

The left-hand panel shows Mary clicking on the video camera icon to start a call with Dmitri. We then see Dmitri's face appear as he answers her call.

Voiceover: "When you're on a video call, you'll see the face of the person you're speaking to on the big screen. On the small video screen, you'll see your own face, so you know what you look like to the other person. It's almost like you're there in person!"

The left-hand panel shows Dmitri as the large view, and a smaller view of Mary, inset, on the screen.

Video ends.

Making a call using Skype

Let’s have a go at helping Hassan make a call to his cousin, Prassad, using Skype.

The next slide includes some steps to try yourself. Select the Continue button below to begin and then follow the instructions on the right hand side of the screen.

Making a call using Skype

Making a call using Skype

This is an interactive activity that allows learners to practise making a call using Skype. This activity has no sound track and is made up of a number of images and text instructions with opportunities for the user to enter text or click on links as part of the exercise.

This is to encourage confidence using the internet by practising a simple exercise in a simulated environment.

If a mistake is made during this exercise, there will be a prompt to ask you to try it again. If another mistake is made, the video will show you how to complete that section of the exercise.

A couple saying hello to their family using a mobile device


Well done, you've reached the end of the Making a call with Skype activity.

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, join others to a call, or end a call.

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