Making a video call (Android tablets)

To enjoy video calling on your Android tablet, always make sure you’re using the latest version of Skype. The following questions and answers will help you get started with video calling on Skype for Android.

What do I need to start video calling with Skype for Android?

If your tablet meets the minimum requirements, all you need to do to start making free video calls over Skype, is download the latest version of Skype for Android. You can download it from Google Play, or alternatively visit skype.com on your mobile browser.

To make a video call, you need:

  • ARMv7 + Neon processor and at least 800MHz processing power
  • the latest version of Skype for Android
  • 3G, 4G or WiFi connection

How do I make a video call?

Starting a video call on Skype for Android is easy. To make a video call:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. From your contact list, select the contact you’d like to video call.
  3. Tap the video call icon The video call icon.

Alternatively, you can turn on video during a Skype-to-Skype voice call. Simply tap the video camera icon The camera icon during a call to turn the camera on.

How do I video call my Messenger buddies?

When you sign in to Skype for Android with your Microsoft account, you can call and video call your Messenger buddies, just like you’d call your Skype contacts. All they need to do is get Skype and sign in with their Messenger account.

How do I enable Skype video calling on my Android tablet?

Depending on your Android tablet, you may be asked to enable Skype video calling before you can make a video call to your Skype contacts. However, video calling can be enabled at any time:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the menu icon The menu icon.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Voice and video calls.
  5. Tick Enable video calling.

If you can’t make video calls and can't see the video calling settings, it means your Android tablet doesn’t meet the minimum requirements needed to make Skype video calls.

How do I switch between the front and back cameras?

During a video call, tap the camera icon The camera icon. If the video is enabled, the camera currently selected is indicated by an arrow in this icon. Tap Switch camera to switch between the front and back-facing cameras.

If you don’t see the icon, you may need to tap the screen to bring up the call bar.

To switch between the landscape and portrait mode, simply rotate your tablet.

How do I end a video call or leave a video call window without ending the call?

You can end the video call by tapping the red end call button The end call button.. If you can’t see the button, just tap the screen during a video call to display the video call options.

Alternatively, you can leave the video call window without ending the video call. Tap the back button on your tablet to go one step back in Skype, or tap the home button to go to the desktop. This doesn’t end your video call, and it will appear in a small floating window in the right corner of your screen. Now you can:

  • Tap the floating window to go back to your video call.
  • Drag and drop the floating window to a different place on the screen.
  • Tap and hold the window to display further options: Return to Skype call, Stop video or Hang up.

How do I change my video call settings?

Your video call settings allow you to change your privacy and call quality options.

To edit your video call settings:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the menu icon The menu icon.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Voice and video calls settings.
  5. Here you can select from the following options:

    • Receive calls from: Choose who you receive Skype video calls from. You can use this option to stop unwanted video calls from unknown people.
    • Answer calls automatically: You don’t need to press any button to answer incoming voice and video calls. The call will start automatically.
    • Technical info: Select this option if you want to see technical information about your call.
    • Video quality: Select your video call quality. The higher the quality, the more data a video call will use.

How can I ensure the best video call quality?

The quality of a video call depends on available network conditions. The faster your data connection, the better quality your video call will be. We also recommend that you don’t have a large number of other applications running at the same time, as this can use your tablet’s memory.

Can I start or participate in a group video call?

Unfortunately, Skype for Android doesn’t support group video. You can participate in a group call, but only using audio - you won’t be able to send or receive video.

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