Important information: Recently, we've begun to transition from a peer-to-peer based architecture to a cloud based one. This has allowed us to introduce innovative new features such as video calling, and improved call quality and reliability. Please see below to find out what you need to use Skype in the future. All you need to get up and running with Skype is an internet connection – broadband is best. Find out how much bandwidth you need. You don't even need to download the Skype app – you can get started using Skype for Web directly in your browser. If you prefer to use the desktop app, you can download it here for Windows or Mac. For mobile, visit the app store. Now you’re all set up to start instant messaging with your friends. If you want to make voice calls, you’ll need speakers and a microphone. If you want to make video calls, you’ll also need a camera. Mobile phones, tablets and most computers have all of these built in. For great quality calls on desktop we recommend using a separate headset. Find out which USB headsets and webcams are best rated for using with Skype. The specific system requirements for running Skype on different operating systems are described below. Please make sure that your system meets these requirements, that your operating system is up to date, and that you have the most recent hardware drivers from the manufacturer installed before downloading the latest version of Skype. Be sure to update often to enjoy all the latest features and improvements for Skype.
Skype for Windows Desktop
Windows 10 Windows 8.1 Windows 8 Windows 7 (32-bit and 64 bit versions supported) - see note below Windows Vista Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64 bit versions supported) - see note below
At least 1 GHz
At least 512 MB
DirectX v9.0 or above
Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Skype for Windows RT
Windows RT - see note below
1.9 GHz Quad-core processor
At least 1 GB
Mac OS X 10.10 or higher - see note below Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
At least 1 GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo)
The latest version of QuickTime
Ubuntu 10.04+ Debian 6.0+ Fedora 16+ OpenSUSE 12.1+
At least 256 MB
Qt 4.6 D-Bus 1.0.0 libasound 1.0.18 Pulse Audio 1.0 (required; Pulse Audio 4.0 is recommended for the best experience)
BlueZ 4.0 (recommended)
Windows 10 Mobile Windows Phone 8.1 - see note below Windows Phone 8 - see note below
Varies with manufacturer
Android OS 4.0.3 and above - see note below
Varies with manufacturer - see note below
At least 32 MB
iOS 8 or above - see note below
Apple Watch iPhone 4s iPhone 5 iPhone 5c iPhone 5s iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Plus iPad 2 iPad Air iPad Air 2 iPad Mini iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini 4 iPad Pro iPod Touch (5th generation) iPod Touch (6th generation)
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