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

Have you downloaded Skype and joined us? Then you’re ready to get calling.

With Skype, you can make a group call with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself) including your friends and family on Android and iOS, anywhere in the world.

Before you make a group video call

To ensure the best call quality, check the following:

Making a group video call

It’s easy to make a group video call:


Click the Compose New Message icon to the left of the search box.

New Conversation selected from the menu displayed after clicking File.


Type the name of a contact you want to add.

The box to enter the name of the person you want to select and add to the group video call.


When you find a contact you want to add, click it, then 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. 

You can add up to 25 contacts (24 plus yourself). Ten video streams (9 plus yourself) can be visible at one time, the rest will be audio


Click the Video Call button.

The Video Call button selected to start the group video call.

The screen changes color, a call bar appears at the bottom of the screen and you’ll hear ringing until another person answers.


Smile, wave, say hello to everyone!

The group video call screen.

If you can't hear or see each other, you may need to check your audio settings and video settings.


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

To end the call completely, click the red end call button.

The End Call icon highlighted in the video call controls bar.

Invite anyone to your group video call

We've launched a new way to invite anyone to your group video call. You don't need to know their Skype name, and they don't even need to have a Skype account to enjoy free voice, video and instant message conversations with you. Learn more. Invite even more of your contacts to get together on Skype with group video calling on Android and iOS devices.

Useful things you can do on a call

During the call, you can:

 Group video calling buttons.

A. Open and close the sidebar.
B. Turn your video off. The people you’re calling will no longer be able to see your video, although you will still be able to see theirs. Click again to turn your video back on. When the button is red, your video is on, and when it is white, your video is off.
C. Mute your microphone so the other people in the call can't hear you.
D. Send files, contact's details, share your screen, or add people to the call.
E. View the video call in the full screen mode.


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