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What do I need to start using Skype?

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 account security to the most recent versions of Skype. As a result, some platforms will no longer be supported after October 2016, but you can still use Skype for Web directly in your browser. 

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)*
Windows Vista
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit version only)♦

Processor At least 1 GHz
RAM At least 512 MB
Additional software DirectX v9.0 or above

 * If you're using Windows 7 (SP1), upgrade your Internet Explorer to v11.
♦ If you're using Windows XP SP3, make sure you're using Internet Explorer 8 or above.

Skype for Windows RT
Version Windows RT 
Processor 1.9 GHz Quad-core processor
RAM At least 1 GB

No longer supported after October, 2016, but you can still use Skype for Web directly in your browser.

Version Mac OS X 10.9 or higher *
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard  
Processor At least 1 GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo)
RAM At least 1 GB
Additional software The latest version of QuickTime

*To run the latest versions of Skype for Mac (Skype 7.0 or above), you need to run Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. 
◊ No longer supported after October, 2016, but you can still use Skype for Web directly in your browser.

Version Ubuntu 10.04+
Debian 6.0+
Fedora 16+
OpenSUSE 12.1+
Processor At least 1 GHz
RAM At least 256 MB
Additional software

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 Phone
Version Windows 10 Mobile
Windows Phone 8.1 
Windows Phone 8 
Hardware Varies with manufacturer

◊ No longer supported after October, 2016.
Version Android OS 4.0.3 and above*
Hardware Varies with manufacturer♦
Free Space At least 32 MB

*To run the latest version of Skype for Android (Skype 6.2 and higher), you'll need to have Android OS version 4.0.3 or above. If you're running Android OS 2.3 and above, you can run Skype 4 for Android.
♦Skype is fully supported on devices with ARMv7 processors (or processors capable of running its instruction set). Skype can run on devices with ARMv6 processors but video calling is not supported. Examples of ARMv6 processor devices: Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Wildfire. If you're not sure what type of processor your device has, check the device's user manual or contact its manufacturer. 

Version iOS 8 or above*
Hardware 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

*The latest version of Skype works on all iOS devices running iOS 8 or higher. If you're running an older version of iOS, you won't have access to Skype's latest features but will still be able to use the basics to keep you connected to your friends and family on Skype.

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