Calling mobiles and landlines (Mac)

Have you downloaded Skype and created an account? Then you’re ready to get calling.

Make low cost calls to mobiles and landlines from Skype with a little Skype Credit (for pay as you go calls) or a monthly subscription. Use the dial pad to enter a phone number, or call a number on your contact's profile when they are offline in Skype.

To call a number using the dial pad

1

Sign in to Skype and click the dial pad button (at the top of the screen).

Screenshot of the dial pad button at the top of the Skype main screen

The dial pad is displayed.

2 Type the phone number (or click the numbers on the dial pad) and click Call.
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If you’ve called this number before, a list of possible numbers is displayed after you enter two digits.

Screenshot of the Skype dial pad that allows you to enter phone numbers you want to call. Using the dial pad, you can send an SMS text message or make a call

If you're calling abroad, click the little down arrow next to the flag and select a country from the list.

To dial a country code, for example +44, click and hold down your left mouse button on the 0 (+) button for two seconds and release to get the + sign. You don't need to do this if you have selected a country from the flag menu.

To call a contact on their mobile or landline

If a contact has saved a phone number in their profile, or if you have added a number to a contact, then it’s easy to call them when they’re not on Skype.

1

Sign in to Skype, click Contacts, and then click Skype to display your contact list (you may need to click >> if you can’t see Skype).

2

Find the person you want to call.

3

Place your cursor over the person’s picture to see the green call button and click it to start the call. To call a different number, click the down arrow on the green call button.

Screenshot of the contact selected in the Skype contact list and the phone number of that contact

The green call button displays different ways to call someone. If a person is online, you'll see Video Call or Call. When your friend is offline in Skype, and they have a phone number stored in their profile, the call button says Call, or if multiple numbers are stored, the call button says Call Phone, Call Mobile or Call Home.

Learn how to call an Address Book contact in Skype.

To add a number to a contact

1

Sign in to Skype, click Contacts, and then click Skype to display your contact list (you may need to click >> if you can’t see Skype).

Screenshot of the Skype main window with the Contacts option selected from the sidebar and the Skype option selected from the contact list bar

2

Find the person you want to add a number to.

3 Place your cursor over the person’s picture and, on the green call button, click the little down arrow and select Add Contact Number….

Screenshot of the options menu with the Add Contact Number option selected. The menu appears when you click a little down arrow on the green call button that you can bring up by placing your cursor over a contact’s picture in Skype

4

Select the type of number (Mobile, Home, Office or Other), their country code using the flag menu drop-down list, and type their number into the box.

Screenshot of the box for entering a phone number for a contact in Skype. In the box, you can also choose the type of the number you are entering

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Click Add. The number is saved.

Useful things you can do on a call

Screenshot of the dial pad button at the top of the Skype main screen

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

Screenshot of the options bar that you can bring up during a call. From the options bar, you can select the webcam icon to turn the video on or off, the microphone icon to mute or un-mute the microphone, or the plus icon to send files, share contacts or share screen

  1. If you've got a webcam plugged in, you can turn on/off video. Learn more about making a video call.
  2. Mute your microphone so the other person can't hear you.
  3. Send filesshare contactsshare screen.

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