Getting started with Skype 3.2 for Android phones

This FAQ is for devices running Skype 3.2 for Android. If you're using Skype 4, just click here.

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Have you downloaded and installed Skype 3.2 on your Android phone? The following questions and answers will help you sign in and out of Skype on your Android phone and set up your preferred settings:

Does Skype work over 3G. 4G and WiFi?

Yes, you can run Skype 3.2 for Android and use all of its features over 3G, 4G and WiFi. Operator data charges may occur when using the app over 3G and 4G networks.

Do I need an existing Skype account, or can I join Skype with my Android phone?

Even if you've never used Skype 3.2 before, you can download Skype for Android from the Google Play store and join Skype by creating a new account using your device:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Create a Skype account.
  3. If you're starting Skype for the first time, accept the terms and conditions.
  4. Enter the required details:

    • Your name.
    • Unique Skype Name (between 6 and 32 characters).
    • Password (at least 4 characters and containing at least one number).
    • Your email address.
    • Your mobile or landline number (optional).

  5. Tap Create an account.

When you've created a new account, you'll be signed in to Skype automatically. The account you create can be used on any other versions of Skype such as Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac or Skype on your TV.

You can, of course, use an existing Skype Name if you've previously created a Skype account. Simply enter your Skype Name and password on the sign-in screen and tap Sign in.

To sign out of Skype, simply tap the sign out icon The sign out icon at the top right of the screen.

Are you having problems signing in? These tips can help.

You can also join Skype by signing in with your Microsoft  or Facebook account.

Will I be signed in automatically?

If you sign out of Skype manually, you won’t be signed in to Skype automatically next time you start the application. This is a feature that's been included to protect your privacy.

If you have the Sign in automatically option selected in your settings, then Skype will sign in automatically if you restart the application.

Can I sign in to Skype with my Microsoft account?

With Skype 3.2 for Android, you can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account. Then you can instant message, call and video call your Messenger buddies from Skype. To do so, simply tap Sign in with a Microsoft account in the sign-in screen.

Learn how to merge your accounts using Skype 3.2 for Android. 

Can I be signed in to Skype on my Android phone and on my computer at the same time?

You can sign in to Skype on both devices at the same time, but we don’t recommend it. Being signed in to Skype on both devices may lead to conflicts between settings on the applications, and you may find instant messages are delivered to one of the devices and not the other. We recommend only being signed in to Skype on one device at a time.

Can I change my Skype settings?

Yes, it's easy to change your Skype settings. To view and change your app's settings:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon.
  3. Select Settings.

In the settings menu, you can edit the following options:

  • Sign in automatically: Choose whether you'd like to be signed in to Skype automatically when you restart the application. Find out more.
  • Go offline: Choose how long the application is left inactive before going offline.
  • Sync contacts: Choose how you’d like to synchronize your Skype contacts with your Android phonebook.
  • Notifications: Select which notifications you’d like to receive from Skype. You can select whether or not you want notifications for Skype features such as status, missed calls, new instant message, and so on.
  • Answer calls automatically: Select this to answer the calls more easily and faster. You don’t have to tap any button to answer incoming calls.
  • Allow IMs from: Choose who you receive instant messages from. Select Contacts only to stop receiving instant messages from people you don’t know.
  • Receive calls from: Choose who you receive Skype calls from. Select Contacts only to stop receiving calls from people you don’t know.
  • Technical info: Select this to display technical call info. This will show you information such as sound volume, video quality and bandwidth usage.
  • Enable video calling: On certain devices, this feature may be turned off by default. Simply check this option to enable video calling. Find out more.
  • Video quality: Select high or low video quality according to your connection.

How do I uninstall Skype?

To uninstall Skype:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings.
  2. Select Applications.
  3. If required, select Manage Applications.
  4. Select All applications and find Skype.
  5. Select Skype and tap Uninstall.

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