How to use Skype from your browser
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(Pocket-lint) – Skype has long been available as a mobile and desktop app, but you can also use its web client to instant message and make video calls to friends or colleagues.
Below we explain everything you need to know to configure the service on your browser.
What is Skype for Web?
Skype for the web is essentially a full web version of Skype. It automatically loads all your contacts and conversations in the browser.
You’ll use Skype for Web if you’re away from home, for example, and don’t have access to your smartphone or computer. You can also use it if you don’t want to install the native app on your device.
How do I use Skype for Web?
Go to Skype.com (or web.skype.com) in your web browser on a Windows or Mac computer, then sign in with your Skype ID and password or Microsoft account. There is no need to download the Skype desktop application.
Are there any requirements?
Officially, Skype for Web only works on Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 or higher with Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, but it should also work with Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox.
The web application will also ask you to install a plug-in before making or receiving your first video/audio call.
Although Skype for Web works with Chrome, it doesn’t work on Chromebooks.
What are the main features of Skype for Web?
- HD video calls, instant messaging and audio calls
- Individual or group video calls
- Timeline view on the left (a single, searchable list for easy launching and finding conversations)
- Notifications (you’ll need to turn them on when logging in), even if you’re using another app or viewing another website in another browser window.
- Looking for the link or photo sent a few weeks ago? You can search the chat media gallery for files, links, and photos shared in a conversation, whether yesterday or last month.
How to Enable Dark Mode on Skype for Web
As for the application, it is possible to use the dark mode on the web version of Skype. After logging in, click on the three dots at the top left of your browser. Once in the Skype menu, click on the “appearance” tab. Here you’ll find settings for themes and you can change the colors of various elements, but you also have the option to select modes, including light, dark, and matching system settings.
If your system is not already running dark mode, just click on the dark mode button to enable it in the browser. Skype will now be easier on your eyes when you send messages.
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Written by Maggie Tillman and Dan Grabham. Edited by Adrian Willings.