Can I keep in touch with my Facebook friends in Skype for Mac OS X?

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Skype for Mac OS X allows you to keep in touch with your Facebook friends with instant messages, calls and even video calls. You can also call your Facebook contacts’ mobiles and landlines directly from Skype with just a little Skype Credit or a subscription. You can also see Facebook status updates in Skype Home.

The following guides will show you how to:

Connecting Skype with Facebook

To connect Skype with your Facebook account:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In the sidebar, click Skype Home.
  3. In Skype Home, click the Wheel iconicon and select Connect to Facebook.
  4. Enter your Facebook username and password, then click Log in.

When you’re connected, your Facebook friends will appear in a Facebook contact list within Skype and their updates will appear in Skype Home.

The Facebook contact list includes all of your friends from Facebook and shows whether they are online, away or offline on Facebook.

A Facebook contact displayed in the Skype’s Facebook contact list.

Disconnecting Skype from Facebook

To disconnect Skype from your Facebook account:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In the sidebar, click Skype Home.
  3. In Skype Home, click the Wheel icon. icon and select Disconnect from Facebook

To completely remove any link between your Skype and Facebook accounts, you need to access your account details on Facebook. For help on how to remove the link, refer to this Facebook FAQ* from the Facebook Help Center.

* Skype is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Sending an instant message

To send an instant message to a Facebook friend from Skype:

  1. In the sidebar, click Contacts.
  2. Select the Facebook contact list.
  3. Search for the Facebook friend you want to contact and double-click to open the conversation window.

    If they’re offline on Facebook and they’re also your Skype contact, you can instant message them Skype-to-Skype instead. If your friend uses a different name on Facebook, you may have to ask them for their Skype Name to instant message them with Skype. If they’re not in your Skype contact list, you can still add them on Skype. 

To do so:

  1. Select your Facebook friend from the Facebook contact list.
  2. In the conversation window, click Learn more > Search for contact on Skype.
  3. To add your friend to the contact list, follow these steps.

    Search for contact on Skype option selected in the window that appears after selecting Learn more
  1. Type a message in the conversation box and then press Enter.

    When you IM a Facebook friend, they won’t be able to tell if you’re on Skype or Facebook, as the instant message will appear in their Facebook chat.

The Facebook contact will then appear in your Recent list along with your other recent conversations. If you’ve talked to a friend Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-Facebook, their name may appear twice in the Recent list.

You can IM your Facebook friends, but you can’t send them files, contacts or share your screen with them.

Calling your Facebook friends

You can call a Facebook friend if they have a mobile or landline number displayed on their Facebook profile. To make a voice call, you’ll only need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

To call a Facebook friend from Skype:

  1. In the sidebar, click Contacts.
  2. Select the Facebook contact list.
  3. Search for the Facebook friend you want to contact, and click Call.

To video call a Facebook friend from Skype, you will both need to set up video calling in Facebook. Find out more about Facebook video calling.

To video call a Facebook friend from Skype:

  1. In the sidebar, click Contacts.
  2. Select the Facebook contact list.
  3. Search for the Facebook friend you want to contact and click Video Call.

Change your Facebook status

You can only change your Facebook status in Skype for Windows desktop.

When you set your Facebook status as offline in Skype for Windows desktop on a PC, all your Facebook contacts will appear as offline in Skype for Mac and you won’t be able to instant message them.

To see the actual status of your Facebook friends and to IM them, simply change this setting as follows:

  1. Sign in to Skype on Windows desktop.
  2. In the menu bar, select Skype > Online Status > Facebook > Same as on Skype.
  3. Sign in to Skype on your Mac and your Facebook contacts will be updated to show their actual status.

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