Making Calls with Skype

Making Calls with Skype

Making free Skype-to-Skype calls

As you know, calls to other people on Skype are free. The word for this type of call is Skype-to-Skype, meaning you and the other person are both using Skype—not any other kind of phone or mobile device—to call each other.

To call someone on Skype:

  1. Click the person you want to call on the Contacts tab.
    Screenshot of SkypeSelecting a contact
  2. The contact's information will open in a pane on the right. Click the Call button.
    Screenshot of SkypeCalling a contact
  3. The call window will appear. You'll hear a ringing until the other person answers.
  4. Talk as long as you want. Click the End Call button when you're ready to hang up.
    Screenshot of SkypeSkype call in action

Saving a group

Answering incoming calls

So what do you see when someone calls you on Skype? A pop-up window that looks like this:

Screenshot of SkypeAnswering an incoming call

To answer, click the Answer button or Decline if you're too busy to talk (or don't know the caller). You can also Answer with video, allowing the caller to see you on your webcam. You'll learn more about video calling in the next lesson, Making Video Calls with Skype. If you do nothing, the call will keep ringing until the other person hangs up.