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Calling someone who's on Skype (Mac)

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

You can talk to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world, for free. If you want to call someone on their mobile phone or landline, check here.

First you need to find your friends on Skype and add them to your contact list. Then it's really easy to call them.

To call someone in your contact list


In Skype, click Contacts and then click Skype (you may need to click >> first if you don't see Skype).

Contacts and Skype selected in the Skype main window.


Find the person you want to call.


Place your cursor over the person’s picture to see the green call button, then click the little down arrow and select Call.

The green call button displays different ways to call someone - when your friend is online, you will see Video Call if you have a webcam, or Call if you don’t.

The ways to call the contact displayed - Video Call or Call.

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

Remember: If the contact has one of these The status icons: Online, Away, Don't disturb. status icons next to their name, it means they're on Skype so it's free to call.

If you see the call forwarding icon The call forwarding icon, or a number under the contact's name, it means they're on a mobile or landline, so you’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to make a call.


If you don't hear the other person or they can't hear you, you may need to check your call settings.


To hang up, click the red End Call button.

The End call icon selected.

Invite anyone to your call

We've launched a new way to invite anyone to your 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.

Useful things you can do on a call

The dial pad icon selected.

Show the dial pad, so you can dial extensions or make DTMF tones.

The video, mute and more options buttons displayed during a call.

A. If you've got a webcam plugged in, you can turn on/off video. Learn more about making a video call.
B. Mute your microphone so the other person can't hear you.
C. Share screens, add people, and show the dial pad.
D. Hang up the call.

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