Getting started with Skype (Android tablets)

With Skype for Android tablet, you can make free voice calls and video calls, call mobiles and landlines, send instant messages, and share files with other people on Skype.

The following questions and answers will help you sign in and out of Skype on your Android tablet and set up your preferred settings:

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

Yes, you can run Skype for Android and use all of its features over 3G, 4G, and WiFi. Your mobile operator might charge you for data when you use the application over 3G or 4G.

How do I create a Skype account?

Even if you’ve never used Skype before, you can easily join Skype by creating a new Skype account using your tablet:

  1. Start Skype for Android.
  2. Tap Create account.
  3. If you’re starting Skype for the first time, accept the terms and conditions and tap I agree.
  4. Enter the required details:

    • Your name
    • Unique Skype Name (between 6 and 32 characters)
    • Password (at least 6 characters)
    • Your email address
    • Your mobile or landline number (optional)
       
  5. Tap the tick icon  on the right side of your screen.

You can also create a new Skype account using your Microsoft account, or link your existing Skype and Microsoft accounts.

When you have 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 select Sign in with a Skype account, enter your Skype Name and password in the sign-in screen and tap Sign in.

Can I sign in to Skype with my Microsoft account?

With Skype for Android, it’s now possible to sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account and instant message, call and video call your Messenger buddies from Skype. To do so, tap Sign in with a Microsoft account in the sign-in screen.

Learn how to link your accounts using Skype for Android.

Can I be signed in to Skype on my tablet 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 that instant messages are delivered to one device and not the other. We recommend only being signed in on one device at a time.

How do I sign out of Skype?

To sign out of Skype, simply return to the home screen, tap your profile picture on the right side of the screen and select Sign out. Click here to learn more.

Can I change my Skype settings?

Yes. To view your application settings:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. 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.
  • 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 the application. You can easily enable or disable receiving notifications on Skype events and features such as missed calls, new instant messages, status updates, and others.
  • Allow IMs from: Choose who you want to 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.
  • Answer calls automatically: Select this option to answer calls easier and faster. With this option enabled, you don’t have to tap any buttons to answer incoming calls.
  • Technical info: Select this to display technical call info. This will show you information such as sound volume, video quality, and bandwidth usage.
  • Video quality: Select high or low video quality according to your connection.

How do I uninstall Skype?

To uninstall Skype:

  1. Open your tablet’s Settings.
  2. Select Applications (or Apps).
  3. If required, select Manage Applications.
  4. Select Skype and tap Uninstall.

Will Skype run on a "rooted" Android tablet?

Skype does not support rooting and Skype is not responsible for errors or crashes which result from modifications to the underlying Android OS.

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