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Making a group call in Skype for Mac

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

You can share a group call with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself) including your friends and family on Android and iOS, anywhere in the world, and if everyone’s on Skype, it’s completely free.

If you’re calling people who are on a mobile or landline, you’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

To call a new group


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


 Type the name of a contact you want to add.


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 click either the Video Call button or the Call button to start a call.


If you can't hear each other, you may need to check your call settings.


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


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

The group is saved to the sidebar so you can call it again. If you want to rename the group, double-click the list of participants, then type a name for the group and press Enter.


To 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.


To call a saved group


In the sidebar, find the group you want to call (you can use the Search box and type in a participant’s name if you have lots of contacts) and click it.


Click the Call icon.


Useful things you can do on a call

You can use the following functions to customize your calls:

  1. Open and close the side bar.
  2. Turn video on/off.
  3. Mute your microphone so that the other person can't hear you.
  4. Send files, send contacts or share your screen with the person you are calling. Add more people to the video call or send IM.
  5. Hang up the call.
  6. Open the chat window.


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