Adding contacts (Mac)

Have you downloaded Skype and created an account? Then you’re ready to add contacts.

It's easy to find your friends on Skype and add them to your contact list.

If your friends are on Skype, it’s easy to add them as Skype contacts:


Sign in to Skype.


In the sidebar, click Contacts, then click Add Contact.

The Contacts tab selected in the sidebar and the Add Contact button selected next to the contact list bar.



In the search field, enter the email address, full name or Skype Name of the person you want to add, and then click Find.

The Add Contact search field and the Find button.


If there are many matches, click Search Options and use the drop-down lists and fields to provide extra details and filter your search results.

The Search Options section with drop-down lists and fields used for specifying a contact search.

You can also use the global search bar at the top-right corner of the screen to search for contacts.Simply type the contact's name and click Add a Contact:


From the list of matches, click the add contact icon next to the person you want to add.

The add contacts icon selected next to the person that is to be added to contacts.


Now you need to send the person a contact request. Enter some text to introduce yourself and click Send.

 A contact request and the Send button.

The contact is added to your contact list, but will appear offline until they accept your request. When they have accepted your request, you can see when they are online, and make free voice calls and video calls with them.

Learn more about sending a contact’s details to another contact.

When you add a phone contact, you can call your friend’s mobile or landline number from Skype. You only need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

To add a mobile or landline contact:


Sign in to Skype.


In the sidebar, click Contacts, then click Add Contact.

The Contacts tab selected in the sidebar and the Add Contact button selected next to the contact list bar.


Type in a name, use the drop-down list to select a country, and type in your contact’s number.  

The Save a Phone Number window with options to be filled in.


You can also add a mobile or landline number to your existing contact. Find out how.

If you call some mobiles or landlines more often, it’s easy to add the numbers to your contacts so you don’t have to dial them every time:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Click the dial pad icon The dial pad icon..
  3. Using the dial pad, enter the number, then click SMS or Call.
  4. If you select SMS, click Save number below the dialed number.
    If you select Call, click Save number after you end the call.

    The Save number to new or existing contact box.
  5. Then add a name, select a type, then click Save new number.

You can always edit or delete your contacts. Learn more about managing your contacts.

When you’ve added your friends, you can voice or video call them and send them instant messages, video messages and files on Skype, for free.

You can also add mobile and landline contacts, and call them from Skype with a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

Your Address Book contacts are automatically imported so you don’t have to add them manually. Learn more on how to call your address book contacts.

Unlike Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac doesn’t support importing contacts from Outlook,, Yandex etc.

We are working hard to improve the contact adding experience and we would really appreciate your help. Click here to tell us what problems you're having.


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