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Making a group video call (Windows desktop)
With Skype Premium you can enjoy group video calls with three or more people, anywhere in the world.*
Learn more about all the benefits that Skype Premium lets you enjoy.
*Only Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Mac users can start a Skype group video call. Although mobile device users cannot initiate a group video call, they can join it.
Before you make a group video call
Each person on the call will also need to make sure that their system meets these requirements.
To make a group video call
In Skype, select the Create a group icon.
From the Contacts tab, click a contact you wish to add to the group video call and drag it into the Empty group area.
Repeat this for each of the contacts you wish to add to the call, or click the + button and select Add People. In the Add people screen, select who you want to add (Ctrl-click to select multiple people), click Select and then Add.
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 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!
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).
Get more help with checking your call quality settings.
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 End Call button.
Useful things you can do on a call
- Hide or reveal your Contact, Facebook, and Recent list.
- Send instant messages during the call.
- Turn your camera on or off.
- Mute your microphone so the other person can't hear you.
- Display more options to:
- send files during the call
- send contacts to other people during the call
- add people to your call so you can make a group call
- show the dial pad so you can dial extensions or make DTMF tones
Having problems with your group video call? Read these troubleshooting tips.