Skype is one of the most popular video, voice and text chat services around. Its wide feature set and device compatibility make it one of the best options for keeping in touch with others at a distance. Let us help you with this guide if you try to get into the bullet. We'll show you how to use Skype as well as the necessary steps to install it.
Download the app
The official Skype app is available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android. The first step is of course to download the app. Alternatively, you can use Skype Online from any browser.
Create your Skype account
Downloading the app is just the first step. Now you need an account, and the good news is that you only need to follow a few steps to achieve this.
- Go to Skype.com to create a new account.
- Enter your phone number or email. You can also get a new email address from either Outlook.com or Hotmail.com.
- Enter your first and last name.
- You will now be asked for your birthday info and country of residence.
- Prove you are a real person by typing random letters that appear on the screen.
- You have an account!
You have an account, but your contact list looks empty. You need to add your friends and family as contacts. To do this, go to the section Contacts and select the button New contact . You can add them with a phone number, enter an email account, or search for their Skype name. If you cannot find a contact, you can always ask him / her to give you the Skype name.
You will be prompted to import your contacts from your Microsoft account when creating your Skype account. This obviously won't work if your Microsoft account is new, but if you already have an account with a complete list of contacts, this is a great way to get in touch with all your friends and family without adding them one by one. You can even find old friends there!
How to use Skype chat, calls and video chats
Once you have added a contact, you can simply look in your Contacts list and select the contact you want to start a conversation with. A chat window opens and you can start typing. You can also start a voice call or a video call from this window.
Start a group chat
Your conversations do not need to be with a single person at a time. Group chats can be a fun and convenient way to stay in touch with multiple participants at the same time. To create a group chat, just go to Chats . You will find a New Chat button. Choose it and three options will be presented to you: New group chat New chat and New private conversation . Choose the first one, enter a name for the chat and select people from your contacts to include them in the conversation.
Keep it cozy with a Skype private conversation
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To create a Skype private conversation, go you just go to the section Chat You will find a New Chat button Select it and three options will present s for you: New group chat New chat and New private conversation . Choose the latter, select the contact you want to have a private chat with and wait for the person to accept the invitation.
Make calls and send text to phone numbers
One of the best features baked into Skype is that it can be used as a way to contact phone numbers, not just Skype calls to-Skype users. Of course, this is not a free feature. You have to pay by getting Skype credit or paying for a subscription.
Another good feature that you can use is the ability to pay for a phone number. You can get a phone number that your contacts can call or text. All calls and messages will go through the app and you can continue the conversation from any of your devices.
Those who use Skype for professional issues are likely investigating Microsoft Teams, which now include Skype for Business, as well as other professional tools and services. This includes more Skype professional services and some work-focused features. Let's cover some of them.
How to set your availability status:
You can easily tell your employees about your current availability. You can set your status to available, in a meeting or present. Regular Skype users can also choose Active, Away, Don't Disturb or Invisible.
- Open Skype.
- Under your name, click the status section.
- Select your status.
How to schedule a meeting with a contact
If one of your contacts is busy, Skype for Business makes it easy to schedule a meeting with others.
- Open Skype.
- Find the contact you want to schedule a meeting with.
- Hold the mouse pointer over the connector and select the 3-point menu button.
- Select Schedule a meeting . [19659011FollowingInstructions
How to Share Your Screen on Skype
Sometimes the computer screen is the best way to visualize an idea. This is easy to do on Skype for Business.
- Open Skype.
- Start a conversation or group chat.
- Click the monitor icon.
- Select Present Desktop .
- Select the screen you want to share.
- You can give others control of the screen through an option that will appear in the upper left corner. Just click Give Control and select the user you want to access.
How to record a meeting
- Once in a meeting, select the 3-point menu button in the lower right corner.
- Select Start Recording .
How to Plan a Skype Meeting Broadcast
You can broadcast video meetings to up to 10,000 viewers. This is great for the larger conferences where it is not the most convenient option to have a traditional meeting.
- Use your web browser to access https://portal.broadcast.skype.com/. Chapter19659011. Sign in.
- Click New Meeting .
- Fill in the required information and click on Issued .
- Copy the link to the meeting on the meeting summary.
- Paste it into an Outlook email body and send an email to all participants.
- This link gives participants access to the meeting.
Now you know how to use Skype and do all the basic operations, get busy talking to your friends and family. This is also a popular app for work-related conference calls and meetings, so you can also be productive with it. Enjoy!