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Our how-to videos will teach you everything you need to know to get started with Skype.
There's plenty of ways to get more out of Skype. Take a look at some of the stories below to see how we can help you keep in touch with friends and family, wherever you are in the world. To get started, click on a section that describes something you like doing.
Free video calling is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family. Whether you’re separated by a few time zones or just working away for the week, Skype is a simple way to catch up and see how your loved ones are doing. With Skype video calling available on desktops, tablets and mobiles, you’re never too far from seeing those that matter to you face-to-face.
Skype is a great, cheap way to stay in touch. Skype-to-Skype calls are free and you can get a whole bunch of friends on a single call, wherever they are in the world. If your friend isn't on Skype, you can simply call them on their mobile or landline. You’ll just need a subscription or a little Skype Credit.
Skype is really useful if you need to stay in touch across locations and time zones. You can get Skype for the majority of mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone, Android and iOS. You can have Skype in your pocket whether you’re at the airport, in the park or on the beach.
Even if you've lost your mobile data connection, you can rely on call forwarding. Once it’s turned on, it will forward any calls to you on Skype to your mobile or landline. It’s affordable for you and completely free for the caller.
You can’t always be in the same room as people you need to collaborate with. Sometimes you can’t even be in the same country. Skype is great for working together and sharing progress.
It’s really easy to send and receive files and if you need to show your colleagues exactly what you’re working on, you can share your screen with them in a Skype call.
Skype is a great place to bring together your friends and organize your weekends. With Facebook integration you can chat to even more of your friends with Skype. From Skype Home you can even follow your friends’ status updates and comment on them.
If your friend is offline and you need to contact them quickly, it’s really easy to send them a text message using Skype. You’ll just need a little Skype Credit.
Sometimes it's down to one person to get friends together for a night out or a dinner party. As long as you have Skype, you can enjoy group video calls with your friends, wherever they are in the world.
Sometimes it’s just easier to have a chat. If you prefer speaking to your friends and hearing them speak back, Skype-to-Skype calls are great and easy to organize. If your friends aren't online, you can call them on their mobile or landline directly from Skype. All you’ll need is a subscription or a little Skype Credit.