How to Use Skype: A Beginner’s Guide for Complete Skype Newbies
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(Pocket-lint) – Skype is probably the most well-known video calling app in the world. It’s free, but it can be a little tricky for first-time users, so here’s a guide to getting started.
If you’re helping someone else set up Skype for the first time, the gentle, gentle approach is best. The technophobe can be a highly conflicted creature. On the one hand, they would like their life to be enriched and they would also, deep down, like to learn and experience new things.
At the same time, however, they do not wish to be humiliated and they will be hurt if they begin to realize that their brains are a little more rusty than they once were.
How to set up Skype
Much of the stress and complication of this task can be taken away with some solid prep work, especially if you’re installing it on an aging computer or iPad.
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- Clear storage, remove most apps, and remove as many desktop icons as possible if it’s a PC or Mac. All manufacturer docks and on-screen toolbars should be removed.
- Now install Skype whether on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android phone.
- You will then need to create a Microsoft account if they don’t have one. If they have an Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) or similar, they already have a Microsoft account.
- Check the box to start Skype as soon as the computer connects.
- Add your contacts – add the whole family, making sure they accept requests on the other end. If you’re setting it up for someone else, tell them to check friend requests.
- Check that the call, video and microphone settings are working.
- Then head to the privacy area and make sure no one but known contacts can call, video call or IM.
Make a call on Skype
Click once on the person you’re looking for in the left pane to make sure they’re highlighted, then tap or click the Video icon in the top right. You can also make a voice call from here. The red icon always hangs up the call.
If you need to adjust the volume, use the system’s main volume control rather than the one built into the app – it’s easier.
Send a message to a contact on Skype
Again, select the appropriate contact from the left panel and start typing in the field at the bottom.
Written by Dan Sung. Edited by Luke Baker.