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How do I make a voice call with Skype for Android?

With Skype for Android phones and tablets, you can make calls to individuals or groups, anywhere in the world for free*.

Skype-to-Skype calls are free on your Android phone and Android tablet, just like they are on your computer. To start a Skype-to-Skype call:

  1. In the Skype app, tap the left-most Recent tab.

  2. Tap the floating action button in the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Tap Voice call.
  4. Select a person by typing their name into search. 
  5. Tap the call button in the top right-hand corner.

After the call has started you will see the following screen:

During a one-to-one call you can:

  • Tap  at the top right of the screen to view and send your instant messages.
  • Tap The camera icon to turn your video on or off.
  • Tap The microphone icon to switch your microphone on or off.
  • Tap The speaker icon to turn the speaker on or off.
  • Tap  to add participants
  • Tap  to use the dial pad.
  • Tap The end call icon to end a call.

With Skype for Android, you can also enjoy making free Skype video calls, or making calls to mobiles and landlines.

When you sign in to Skype for Android with your Microsoft account, you can also call your Messenger buddies just like you would call your Skype contacts.

As long as you’re signed in to Skype, you can receive Skype calls on your Android phone or Android tablet. When you receive a call, you'll see an incoming call notification screen. Simply tap the green call icon to pick up. If you don’t want to answer, tap the red end call icon to decline the call.

If you’re offline and you have activated Voice Messaging, the caller will be able to leave you a voice message.

To make a group call with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself), you can select an existing group chat or add participants in a one-to-one chat and start a call. To join a group call, simply tap the green call icon to join.

You can also join a call that is already in progress:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Go to Recent.

  3. If there's a call already in progress that you can join, it will appear at the top of your Recent list as Ongoing. Tap the call to select it.
  4. Tap your device's menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon.
  5. Select Join ongoing call.

After the group call has started you will see the following screen:

During a group call you can:
  • Tap  at the top right of the screen to view and send your instant messages.
  • Tap  to turn your video on or off.
  • Tap  to switch your microphone on or off.
  • Tap  to use speakerphone.
  • Tap  to add people to the group call.
  • Tap  to use the dial pad.
  • Tap  to end the call.

Yes, you can. Calls to your Skype Number will ring just like any other Skype call, as long as you’re signed in to Skype.

Learn more about Skype Numbers.

Yes, you can. Received voice messages will appear alongside your call history and instant messages. The easiest way to find new voice messages is to tap Recent from the Skype home screen. Before you can receive voice messages, you’ll first need to activate Voice Messaging from your Skype account. You can sign in to your account from your mobile browser or on your computer.

If your contact appears offline and you want to leave them a voice message, simply tap the contact’s name, then tap Voice call and if needed, tap the Skype icon. Since your contact is offline, recording of the voice message will start automatically. Tap the red end call icon to stop recording.

Find out more.

Any new voice messages are labeled as Voice message received.

Just tap the voice message to select and play it.

Yes, you can. You can set Skype to forward incoming calls to any mobile or landline, or another Skype account. You’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to forward calls to a mobile or landline, but forwarding calls to another Skype account is free.

To set up call forwarding from your Android phone or Android tablet:

  1. Tap the top left menu icon .
  2. On your profile, scroll to the bottom and tap Settings.
  3. Tap Call forwarding.
  4. If you have not already entered a number for your calls to be forwarded to, tap Add number, enter your mobile or landline number and confirm.
  5. Enable Forward my calls.

Any missed calls will now be forwarded to your chosen phone number.

You can find all your call history, along with your entire instant message and SMS text message history in Recent. All calls are also listed in the Calls tab. 

There you’ll see a list of conversations. You can select a conversation by tapping it.

Selecting a conversation allows you to view your call history. You can read any instant messages that were sent as part of that conversation.

You can close conversations so that they no longer appear in your Recent list:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Find the conversation in Recent.
  3. Tap and hold the conversation and select Remove from recent.

This will hide the conversation history. However, it will not delete it completely. Next time you receive an instant message or a call from this contact or group, the conversation history will reappear in your Recent list.

For the best call quality, we recommend that you have a strong WiFi connection and that you don’t have a lot of other applications running.

If you call a mobile or landline number from Skype, no number will be displayed on the other person’s phone unless you set up caller identification. You can set up your mobile number or Skype Number as your caller ID from your account. You can sign in to your account either from your mobile browser or on your computer.

Find out more about caller ID.

*Depending on the data plan you use; mobile operator charges may apply.

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