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How do I make a group video call in Skype for Windows Desktop?

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Watch the video to see how to make a group video call in just under a minute. A step-by-step guide is also available below.





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 Contacts, then click Create New Group....

The Create a Group icon in Skype.


Click the Empty group name in the header, which will bring up the group profile.

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

Click the Edit icon to name your group.

Type in a group name, then close the group profile window.


Click the Add button to add people to the group, or drag and drop your contacts into the group.

If you use the Add button, your contact list will load; place a tick in the box for each person you wish to add, then click Add to Group.

If you're dragging and dropping contacts from either your Contacts or Recent list, simply drag and drop the ones you want into the group.

You can add up to nine contacts, but for the best quality, we recommend group video calls with up to five contacts.


Click the Video call button The Video call button..

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


Smile, wave, 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.

Call options displayed during a call.

  1. Show or hide your Contacts and Recent list.
  2. Turn video on or off.
  3. Click Add to:
  4. Hang up the call.
  5. Show or hide the IM window.

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



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