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How do I make or join a video call with Skype for Android?

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:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the Recent tab.

  3. Tap the floating action button .
  4. Tap the video call button.
  5. Select a person by typing their name into search. 
  6. Tap the video call button in the top right-hand corner.

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 The video call button..

What can I do during a one-to-one video call?

  • Tap The video camera icon. to turn your video off.
  • Tap  to switch between the front and rear cameras.
  • Tap  at the top-right of the screen to view and send your instant messages.
  • Tap The microphone icon. to mute your microphone.
  • Tap  to add participants to your call.
  • Tap  to end the 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 The camera icon. 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?

  • Tap  to switch to a grid view
  • Tap the group header to open additional menu options
  • Tap  to switch between the front and back cameras
  • Tap  at the top-right of the screen to view and send your instant messages.

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:

  • See who is on the call
  • Remove someone from the call by selecting the phone icon next to their name
  • Add people from the group who aren't on the call by selecting the phone icon next to their name
  • Add participants

Tap anywhere on the screen for additional menu options:

  • Turn video on or off
  • Mute
  • See more options including add participants
  • End the call

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:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Press the device’s menu button or tap the menu icon .
  3. Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Voice and video calls section.

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: select this option if you want incoming voice and video calls to be answered automatically.
  • Enable video calling: on most devices, video calling is enabled by default.
  • Technical info: select this option if you want to see technical information about your call.
  • Video quality: choose your video call quality. The higher the quality, the more data a video call will use.

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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