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    Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP is now recognized as one of the most popular methods of communicating over the Internet. Skype is one of the most popular programs for PC to PC calling with VoIP.

    Skype allows users to talk to anyone around the world for free. However, there are a few requirements that must be met:

    • A broadband Internet connection
    • A microphone
    • Speakers

    The prerequisite to use Skype are:

    1. You should have a Skype account.
    2. You should have Skype installed on the device you use – Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.

    Setup Skype on Windows

    Follow the below mentioned steps to setup Skype on Windows.

    Step 1: Download Skype for Windows.

    Step 2: Double-click the downloaded executable (SkypeSetup.exe) to start the installation.

    Step 3: Select your language. Check the Run Skype when the computer starts if you wish to. Click I agree – next.

    Step 4: Uncheck the Make Bing my search engine and Make MSN my homepage options if you do not want them. Click Continue.

    Step 5: The wizard will update/install Skype.

    Step 6: Start Skype by double-clicking the newly created Skype icon on desktop. Enter your Skype Name and Password. Click Sign in.

    Step 7: After signing in, you can add contacts to your list from Contacts > Add Contact > Search Skype Directory.

    Step 8: It’s important to check if your Audio and Video devices are working with Skype. Go to Tools > Options. Under the Audio settings on the left-hand, test your microphone, speaker and ringtone. Similarly check your webcam under the Video settings.

    If you do not have a Skype account, you can signup for Skype.

    After successfully signing in for the first time, a “getting started” guide will appear. This guide will help to configure the microphone and speakers so that optimum performance can be achieved.

    In order to make a test call and verify Skype installation, Skype provides with a dummy contact called Echo / Sound Test Service. Click that contact and make a call. If everything’s okay, you should be able to hear someone speaking on the other side. You will then be asked to record your voice which will be again replayed to you to test your microphone. If you’re able to do all this, that means your Skype is setup correctly.

    Setup Skype on Mac

    Follow the below mentioned steps to setup Skype on Mac.

    Step 1: Download Skype for Mac. A window that opens will allow you to select the download location and click Save to download the Skype .dmg package.

    Step 2: Once downloaded, open it and drag the Skype icon to the Applications folder link.

    Follow similar steps mentioned in the Windows section to signin and test Skype settings.

    The user can now easily access Skype and use it to make calls anytime, without having to pay a cent.

    skype iphone Skype for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry

    Skype for iPhone

    Visit Skype on iTunes via your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to install Skype.

    Skype for iPhone, iPod, or iPad features anti-shake video calls and can use the iPhone’s or iPad’s rear and/or front camera to communicate with friends via Skype. Additionally, Skype for iPhone or iPad users have all of the same features that Skype’s desktop version provides such as instant messaging and audio calls.

    Note: Skype for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad requires iOS 4.3 or newer.

    Skype for Android

    Visit Skype on Google Play via your Android mobile phone or tablet to download and install Skype.

    Like Skype for iPhone, Skype for Android provides Android users with all of the functionality of Skype instant messaging software. Skype for Android allows users to conduct audio and video calls, instant message with friends, and call other phones while using Skype rates.

    Note: Skype for Android requires Android 2.1 or newer.

    Skype for Windows Phone

    Visit Skype at Windows Phone App via your Windows Phone to download and install Skype.

    Skype for Windows Phone showcases a metro UI, similar to that of Windows 8. Other than that, it possesses almost all the functionality that comes bundled in a desktop version.

    Note: It is mentioned at the Windows Phone website that this app is still a work-in-progress, therefore few minor features may not work as expected.

    Skype for Blackberry

    Like Skype for iPhone and Skype for Android, Skype Mobile is available for Blackberry smartphone users. Skype for Blackberry has the same features as both of the aforementioned programs. Skype Mobile allows users to instant message with friends, make video calls, and call Skype users for free. Additionally, all calls to land-line and mobile phones made via Skype will use Skype rates rather than the user’s Verizon service plan minutes.

    How Does Skype Work?

    Instant Messaging

    Skype is best-known as an instant messaging software, despite its many other features. With Skype, users can have conversations with their friends and family in real time no matter where they are. Skype users can also have multiple conversations at once, participate in group conversations, and send SMS to mobile phones. Skype makes instant messaging exciting by including a number of emoticons. All messages and conversations are automatically saved to the user’s computer.

    Calls and Videos
    Skype is more than just instant messaging as it also allows you to make calls and have video conversations with other Skype users. In Skype, audio and video work very much like instant messaging does. For example, users can participate in group audio conversations or use their webcam to broadcast video to multiple users. Audio and video conversations can be done simultaneously with instant messaging. This means that users can talk to other Skype users while still being able to send and receive messages.

    Landlines and Mobile Phones
    In addition to instant messaging, text messaging, audio conversations, and video conversations, Skype also allows you to call landlines and mobile phones. This means that Skype users have unlimited outgoing calls to anyone. In order to receive incoming calls, Skype users can purchase an actual phone number as well as receive calling rates as low as 2.1 cents per minute.

    Screen Sharing

    Skype features a service called Screen Sharing that allows users to share their monitor screen with whomever they are communicating with. Screen Sharing can be useful in situations where a user needs to show or describe something to another user. For example, one user may need to show another user how to access a specific function in a software. Instead of trying to describe how to do this, the user can simply share his/her screen with the other user. Screen Sharing is similar to Window’s Remote Assistance feature but does not allow users to control each others’ computers.

    File Sharing

    Another feature that come with Skype is File Sharing. File Sharing allows users to transfer files from one computer to another. The good thing is that File Sharing does not have any file size limits, which means that you can send virtually any file through Skype. However, that larger files take longer to transfer.

    The Skype Directory is split into two parts. The first part is a People Search that requires the user to input the person’s Skype username, first and last name, or email address. If the person is listed in Skype’s extensive database, communication with the person is only a click away. The second part of the Skype directory is designed for users to get suggestions about businesses nearby. For example, if the user wishes to find a good pizza restaurant in London, he/she can type that in and get a listing of pizza restaurants in London (or places that include the term London) that have been reviewed by real Skype users.

    The Skype Shop, like the Skype Directory, is split into two parts. The first part of the Skype Shop allows users to purchase Skype Calling Credits or place a subscription. Skype Calling Credits can be used as minutes, varying in value, which depends on the nature of the call. A subscription is a monthly bill that ranges from $3 per month for unlimited calls within the United States and Canada, to $14 per month for unlimited calls to virtually anywhere in the world. The second part of Skype Shop is for Skype accessories such as landline phones, headsets, and webcams.

    Skype users can install extra software to improve their Skype experience as well as their computer in general. Skype Extras includes software for business, networking, and even relationships. With over 200 programs to choose from, any user can find something interesting. Best of all, it’s completely free.

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    1. Humphrey Lees

      16 January, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I can’t get the microphone to work and I think my built in sound processor is damaged. Would fitting a soundcard fix things? It is a PC with Windows 7 Pro. It was originally XP.

    2. Hanna

      4 April, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Yesterday I changed my Skype account,and lost my Vidieo connection ,how do I get

      my video connection back?

      • Abdulqader Kapadia

        23 April, 2013 at 4:01 am

        Skype video connection has nothing to do with a Skype account. There could probably be something wrong in your video settings.

    3. Gary

      17 June, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Help! I can’t get into mybskype acc, it doesn’t recognize the password I use, I got a code to temporarily reset the password but it doesn’t work. I removed and then reloaded but it just goes to password and user name field. ie no set up page. What am I doing wrong.

    4. Jan Pethick

      14 May, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Whilst using Skype on my iPad I have noticed a box telling me the call is being recorded. How do I turn this off?

    5. Jan Pethick

      14 May, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Whilst using Skype on my iPad I have noticed a box telling me the call is being recorded. How do I turn it’s off?

    6. yolande

      9 May, 2012 at 5:06 am

      I downloaded skype onto my samsung galaxy s2 phone and created account, got the skype name and password which then accepted me, when I went to use skype it wouldnt recognize either skype name and password?

    7. Ana

      27 April, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Cant finish register it wont accept my phone number

      • Ajay Khule

        27 April, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Hi Ana,
        Have you tried with a + preceding the number?. Usually, when you select country during registration it will automatically insert the country code, so check whether you have entered the details correctly.

    8. Clive Marks

      24 April, 2012 at 9:50 am


      I am trying to import gmail contacts and the popular mail programs are not shown on the import page (gmail hotmail etc.) I am getting a display of programs like rediff, libero, yandex, rambler etc.
      Any idea how I can show the other programs.

      • Clive Marks

        24 April, 2012 at 9:57 am

        Re the above post. Before someone tells me to chose the ‘other’ tab, they are odd names as well.

    9. andy

      11 April, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      try to set another account with skpe but ask for email copying in 2nd box but wont let me any help or is there a problem

      up date to last comment spelling correction

    10. andy

      11 April, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      try to set another account with skpe but ask for email copping in 2nd book but wont let me any help or is there a problem

    11. lena

      8 April, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      i need to know something about skype…someone one on one site has posted his profile as a famous and well known man with his pic i didnt want to answer him till i asked to see him on cam and make sure hes the one when he opened his cam it was him the famous one …my question is can any one professional in skype and cam matters shows while opening cam a video recording of someone and i mean here the famous instead of himself and cheat people or its impossible …i couldnt really have chance to talk with the person as it was short time he just open to let me be sure of himself and close as he was busy with his shedule

    12. crissa

      8 April, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      i don’t want my account name being saved in the sign in box… what should i do?? thank you!

      • Ajay Khule

        12 April, 2012 at 2:59 am

        Hi Crissa,
        Kindly follow the below steps to troubleshoot your issue.
        > Open the Run command/window (to open Run, just click the Windows Logo key in your keyword + R).
        > Type %appdata%\skype into the Run window and click OK.
        > Delete the folder named after the Skype Name you wish to remove from the sign-in screen.

    13. shakespeare

      27 March, 2012 at 6:53 am

      i formatted my system and install a fresh window xp…i also install skype but it does not connect. Can anyone tell me what to configure to make it connect. Enuf thankz

      • Ajay Khule

        2 April, 2012 at 6:33 am

        Major causes of connection problems can be system configuration which includes firewall or router settings, internet filtering software. So check for your system configuration.

    14. Virginia Smith

      7 March, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      My Computer has a slot for a micophone, however I do not want to use it for my conference call that I have once a month. I would like to know how do I hook up my computer to talk through my earphones that have a microphone attached to it for talking. I before I download your program. I need help before I do something crazy and my computer no longer function.

    15. carolyn appelt

      6 March, 2012 at 3:17 am

      tell me how Skype will agree to downloading it on 2nd, newer(2010)computer. tried downloading both as a new applicant, & w/original name/PW but w/new email address.???HELP

    16. carolyn appelt

      6 March, 2012 at 3:11 am

      When I tried to download skype(1st had skype on ’08 comp.)on current comp.(‘2010 comp.) as a new user, it would not accept my info. Same thing happened when I used original name/pw(+new email addr.) HELP or tell me I have to get something other than Skype}

    17. susan clough

      5 March, 2012 at 1:01 am

      I have just installed a Logitech c615 webcam for purposes of Skype on my computer operating Windows 7 using Mozilla. Testing installation with Logitech I get both audio and video. With Skype I only get video.
      I have rooted around on the control panel – sound. No luck.

    18. baltazar oliva

      4 November, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      I have a skype account. I have anew computer. How do I download skype without having to open a new account?

      Can somebody please tell me?


    19. chandranath

      15 October, 2011 at 4:37 am

      I cant here other side voice.but other side can here my sound.how can i sortout this problem

    20. Lesley

      6 October, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      I can’t get Skype to work and I get a message stating Safari can’t open because Mac OS X doesn’t recognize internet addresses starting with Skype. Anyone know how I can fix this?

    21. Christine

      21 June, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Can anyone help please, I am setting up Skype but for some reason it cant connect, am I doing something wrong?

      • Marlon Franco

        21 June, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        When was the last time you’ve used it? Probably you need to uninstall/reinstall. Please let us know if reinstalling fixes your issue. Thanks

        • joyce

          31 July, 2011 at 1:12 pm

          I was having trouble with skype, uninstalled now I can’t get it back again, a message appears saying it cannot connect to my server

          • Marlon Franco

            1 August, 2011 at 10:18 am

            uninstall skype, download the latest installer from the website, and reinstall..

    22. Mo

      27 May, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      I am unable to open MY Skype   can anyone help

      • Will.Spencer

        28 May, 2011 at 5:07 am


        What happens when you try to open Skype? Have you upgraded anything on your computer lately? What OS is your computer running?

    23. Rosemarie Rauzino-Heller

      11 May, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      I have a PC that is wired.  I’ve just downloaded Skype but understand I need a webcam.  What should I buy (simplest) in a webcam & do I need anything else, like earphones, microphone, etc.  My Dell is about 3-4 years old & has a microphone setup & speakers.  I’d like to have as few extra gadgets as possible.  Can you fill me in?  Many thanks.

      • memenode

        11 May, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        If you already got a microphone set up you don’t need to buy that although some webcams have one built in too. As for what to look for in a webcam, it depends on what you need. Any webcam will do as far as basic video chat goes. VGA sensor is typically the most basic type of camera sensor it will use. If you want a greater image quality you’d look for something rated in megapixels.

        Other things to consider is whether you want it to be mountable on top of the screen, how big you want it to be, can it take photos, what kind of extra software does it come with, zoom capability, how well can it record in the dark etc.

        If you need anything more than a basic webcam I suggest you just look for some in your favorite computer shop and then read reviews of them, and check out their manufacturer web sites. Logitech is typically quite good with peripherals and might be a good choice for a webcam as well.

      • blogger1

        13 May, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        look at spending around 70 – 100 dollars. the Logitech c910 is a very good webcam, built in mike and it is full 1080p, widescreen and has better sound reproduction.  plus they have far better software extras. I’ve used a number of webcams over the years and using the ‘cheaper’ ones does nothing more than P*ss you off as they tend to ‘breakup’ (pixelate) plus a lot of them have really cheap mikes or none at all. even if you only use skype rarely it is well worth the few dollars extra. that and the fact that as you get used to skype and your family/friends hookup you will use it more. almost all of my family and friends are on Skype so the mobile/landlines are used less and less.

    24. Muhsoni Ismail

      9 March, 2011 at 5:03 am

      Hi… i’ve just installed skype in my phone (nokia-n8) from ovy store. But i couldn’t make video call with my friend. How to set video call in my phone?

      • memenode

        9 March, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        Skype for Nokia N8 is still shaky from what I’ve read so it might not support video calls, but you might have some luck using Fring which apparently supports video calls to skype users.

    25. Van Johnson

      14 January, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Hi, Anybody out there who knows how Skype works. WIth the change of the year, my Skype has gone all Japonese and I can’t make head or tail of the instructions as they are in Japonese as well.
      I have tried to dump it but it says I do not have permission to so how do I get out of this quandry.
      ANy suggetions.
      Van JOhnson

      • memenode

        14 January, 2011 at 3:27 pm

        That’s really weird. I suggest deleting it and installing again from Skype.com. If you tried that one thing that might work is deleting the Skype folder from Program Files, downloading Skype anew and running the installation which should recreate the Skype folder, but with clean settings.

        If all else fails you can try contacting Skype support about it.

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