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How do I make a group audio and video call on Skype for Windows Desktop?

With Skype for Windows Desktop, you can:

  • share a group audio call with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself).
  • share a group video call with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself), ten video streams (9 plus yourself) can be visible at one time, the rest will be audio.

This includes your friends and family on Android and iOS, anywhere in the world, and if everyone’s on Skype, it’s completely free.

Before you make a group video call, make sure that your webcam is working properly. If it’s not working, these tips might help. Each person on the call will also need to make sure that their system meets these requirements.


In Skype, click the +New icon under your profile picture.

The Create a Group icon in Skype.


Type the name of a contact you want to add.

The Empty group area where you can drag contacts and add them to the group.


When you find a contact you want to add, click them and click Add.


Repeat this process for as many contacts as you wish to add to the conversation. If you want to carry on your existing conversation, you don't need to create a new one - just jump into the existing conversation with that person.

Click the group avatar  to bring up the group profile. From here you can:

  • Tap the conversation title to change it.
  • Change the group avatar by selecting Change Picture, and upload an image from your computer.
  • Disable conversation notifications by unchecking Notify me when something new happens.
  • Make chat history available to everyone by checking the box. Anyone joining the group chat will be able to see the conversation history.
  • Invite anyone to your group video call. You don’t need to know their Skype name and they don’t even need a Skype account to enjoy free voice calls, video calls and instant message conversations with you. Learn more. By default, your conversation is open for anyone to join who has the link. You can prevent people joining your chat by unchecking the box Make a link for anyone to join. Anyone who is already in your conversation will remain in your chat.

Click the Call button The call button. to start audio call.

Click the Video call button The Video call button. to start video call.

The screen changes color, a call bar appears near the bottom of the screen and you'll hear ringing until the other people answer.


Say hello to everyone!

The group video call window displaying the group contacts.


If you can't see or hear each other, click the call quality icon on the call bar and check your settings (you may have to move your mouse to make the call bar appear).

The call quality icon at the right on the call bar.

If you experience problems on your call, check our Call Quality troubleshooters.


To drop individual people from the call, move your mouse over the person’s image and click the red icon. You’ll only be able to do this if you are the host of the group video call.

To hang up, click the red End Call button.

The End call button on the call bar.


On the Contacts or Recent tab, find the group you want to call and click it. If you have lots of contacts, you can use the Search box to find the group.


Click the Call button The call button. to start audio call.

Click the Video call button The Video call button. to start video call.

Call options displayed during a call.

Show or hide button Show or hide your Contacts and Recent list.

Call quality button Check your call settings and connection speed, and adjust your microphone, speaker and webcam.

Show the IM window button Show or hide the IM window.

Video button Turn video on or off.

Mute button Mute your microphone so the other person can’t hear you.

Plus icon Click Add to: End call button Hang up the call.

Here are a few pages that can help you do even more:



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