Making Video Calls with Skype

Making Video Calls with Skype

Making video calls

One-on-one and group video calls on Skype are free, which means you can chat using your webcam whenever you want.

To make a video call:

  1. Click the person you want to video 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 Video call button.
    Screenshot of SkypeCalling a contact
  3. The call window will open. The footage from your webcam will appear at the bottom, showing what the other person will see when that person answers. The call will keep ringing until someone picks up.
  4. The footage from that person's webcam will appear at the top. If the contact doesn't have a webcam—or chooses to answer without it—a profile picture will be there instead.
  5. Talk as long as you want. Click the End Call button when you're ready to hang up.
    Screenshot of SkypeVideo call in action

You can also turn your webcam on or off during a call—even a regular Skype-to-Skype voice call. Just click the Video button inside the call window.

Screenshot of SkypeTo turn your webcam on or off

Answering incoming video calls

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

Screenshot of SkypeIncoming call pop-up window

To answer with your webcam, just click the Answer with video button or Decline if you're too busy to talk (or don't know the caller). You can also answer without video by clicking Answer so the caller can't see you on your webcam. You can always turn video on or off during the call if you change your mind. If you do nothing, the call will keep ringing until the other person hangs up.

Group video calling

Group video calling is an easy way to talk with several people at the same time. To learn more about making a group video call, check out this support page from Skype.

Screenshot of Skype