With Skype for Android phones and tablets, you can make video calls to individuals or groups, anywhere in the world for free*.
The following information will help you get started.
Have you downloaded Skype and joined us? To enjoy one-to-one, or group video calling on your Android device, always make sure you’re using the latest version of Skype and you meet the necessary requirements. You'll also need to find your friends and family on Skype and add them to your contact list. Once you’ve done that, it’s easy to start video calling them. 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.
To make a video call:
Alternatively, type the name of your contact or tap the contact icon to select a person from your contact list.
To join a video call, select the video icon on the incoming call .
What can I do during a one-to-one video call?
If you don’t see these buttons, simply tap on the screen during a video call.
To make a group video call, you'll need to either create a group if you haven't already, select an existing group from your Recent tab or you can add people to your current one-to-one call. Tap the video call button to call the group. Once everyone has connected to the call, you're all set. To join a group video call, simply select the video icon on the incoming call.
What can I do during a group video call?
Focus view Grid view In the focus view, the active speaker is automatically visible in full screen: However, you can change who appears in full screen by tapping the specific participant in the video ribbon and pin or unpin them in full screen. Scroll right in the video ribbon to view all the participants. We're continuing to improve the experience to enable as many video streams as possible. Tap the group header: where you can:
Tap anywhere on the screen for additional menu options:
You can multitask by leaving the video call window without ending the video call. Tap the back button on your device to go one step back in Skype, or tap the home button to go to your device's home screen. 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.
You can have group calls with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself). Depending on the Android phone or Android tablet you're using, up to 6 video streams (5 plus yourself) will be visible at once, the rest will be audio only. Learn more.
Your video call settings allow you to change your privacy and call quality options.
To edit your video call settings:
Here you can select from the following options:
You can receive screen shares from people using Skype for Windows or Mac OS X. Currently, you cannot share your Android phone or Android tablet screen with other people, and you cannot receive a screen share from another person using an Android device.
Check to make sure the system requirements are met or check for other common video call problems. The quality of a video call can also depend on available network conditions. The faster your data connection, the better quality your video call will be.
*Depending on the data plan you use, mobile operator charges may apply.
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