Guide on How to Use Skype for Windows
In this guide, you will learn how to install and use Skype on Windows to chat and video call people. Skype is a virtual visual and audio platform for people and businesses to communicate over long distance for e.g. Business meetings and chatting to family who live abroad.
What you should gain from this course:
- Downloading skype
- Installing skype
- Setting up an account
- Making your first call
- How to enable and disable features
- Downloading Skype For Windows
1.1 Downloading skype
Go to the Skype website on your web browser, found here. Towards the top of the webpage, there is a black “Downloads” button. Click it.
1.2 Installing Skype
On the left area section of the screen, you will see the “Skype for Desktop” section. Here the Windows download is selected by default. Click the blue “Get Skype for Windows” button. It will automatically start downloading the installation file.
1.3 Next Steps
Once the file finishes downloading, click on it near the bottom of your screen.
1.4 Run the Installer
A window will open asking permission for you to run the installer. Click the “Run” button to begin the installation. If you are prompted to allow Skype to make changes to the computer, click the “Yes” button to continue the installation.
1.5 Start Install of Skype
Next, you will be met with a simple prompt to begin the installation. Click the “Install” button at the bottom of the window. A progress bar will open, and the program will start installing. Once it is finished, it will automatically close and automatically open a new window.
1.6 Lets Go
The new window will show a welcome message. From here, you will click the blue “Let’s go” button.
1.7 Create an Account
Next will be the screen that prompts you to sign into an already existing Skype account or to create a new one. Click the blue “Sign in or create” button to continue
1.8 Already have an account?
Since this tutorial is for people new to Skype, it will show you how to create a new account. Click the blue text that says, “Create one!” under the text box asking you to enter a “Skype, phone, or email.” If you already have a Microsoft account, please skip to section 1.17 to continue this tutorial.
1.9 Phone number verification
Here you will be prompted to enter the phone number you want to be linked to the account. If you would prefer to use an email, click the blue text that says, “Use your email instead.” For this tutorial, we will use an email.
1.10 Create email account
Enter the email you wish to use to create the account in the textbox that says “email@example.com” and then click the blue “Next” button.
1.11 Set a password
Next, you will be prompted to create a password. If you want to see the password as you are entering it, click the “Show password” checkbox. After you have entered your desired password, click the blue “Next” button.
1.12 Enter your name
Here, you will be asked to enter your first and last name. Do so and then click the blue “Next” button.
1.13 Location and Birthday
The next step is to choose your country/region of residence, and then to enter your birthday. Once you have completed these things, click the blue “Next” button.
1.14 Verify your account
This page asks you to find the verification code that has been sent to the email you used to sign up for Skype. Check your email and then enter the verification code in the text box, then click the blue “Next” button.
1.15 Account code
You will be asked to confirm you are a human user by entering the text shown in the image into the text box, which is to help prevent bots from creating accounts on Skype. Once you have registered the text, click the blue “Next” button.
1.16 Personalize your profile
You may choose a picture for your Skype profile on this window. If you wish to skip this part, then click the grey “Skip” text in the top right of the window. Otherwise, choose your profile picture and click the blue “Continue” button.
1.17 Check your audio settings
If you have a connected audio device for voice chatting, this window allows you to perform a quick test on it, as well as the audio output device you have. You may also click the grey “Skip” button in the top right of the window. Otherwise, once your devices are set up, click the blue “Continue” button.
1.18 Test your video
Next, you will be asked to test your connected video device. You may click the grey “Skip” button in the top right corner of the window. Otherwise, check your video device and then click the blue “Continue” button.
1.19 Finding contacts
The next window informs you that Skype will suggest contacts to you by considering what mutual friends your Skype profile friends have. Click the blue “OK” button to continue.
With this final step complete, you will be redirected to the Skype homepage, and your account creation will be complete.
- Starting a Call on Skype for Windows
2.1 Your first call
To begin chatting with someone on Skype, click the “Meet Now” box under the “Chats” tab on the left part of the Skype window.
2.2 Meeting creation
The meeting creation screen will open. Here you can title your group chat, copy the link that someone can use to access it, and even share it on various websites like Gmail or Facebook. Once your preferences are set for the meeting name, and you have sent the invite to the necessary people, click the “Chat” button on the bottom left. If you want to launch straight into a call, click the blue “Start Call” button instead.
2.3 Controls in the call
Once you begin the call, all those in the group who choose to accept it and connect with video and audio will show up on the screen. You can start chatting and video chatting for as long as you want.
The microphone icon toggles whether you are muted or not, and the camera icon toggles wheather or not your video camera is streaming you. You can simply click each icon to connect or disconnect those specific mediums for communication once you are done, merely click the red phone icon at the bottom to disconnect yourself from the call.