Getting started with Skype 4 for Android phones

This FAQ is for devices running Skype 4 and over for Android phones. If you're using Skype 3.2, just click here. Not sure what version of Skype you have? It's easy to find out.

Have you downloaded and installed Skype on your Android phone? If so, the following questions and answers will help you start using Skype 4 on your Android phone:

Does Skype work over 3G, 4G and WiFi?

Yes, you can run Skype 4 for Android and use all of its features over 3G, 4G, and WiFi. Your mobile operator might charge you for data when you the app over 3G or 4G.

Do I need an existing Skype account, or can I create a new one on my Android phone?

Even if you've never used Skype before, you can download Skype 4 for Android from Google Play and join Skype. To create a new Skype account:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Create account.
  3. If you're starting Skype for the first time, accept the Terms of Use and tap I agree.
  4. Enter the required details:
    • Your name
    • A unique Skype Name (between 6 and 32 characters)
    • A password (at least six characters and containing at least one number)
    • Your email address
    • Your mobile number (optional)

  5. Tap the blue confirmation button The confirmation button.

After you've created a new account, you'll be signed in to Skype automatically. The account you create can be used on any other versions of Skype such as Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, or Skype on your TV. Before you start using Skype, we recommend that you take the quick tour to learn its basics.

You can, of course, use an existing Skype Name if you've previously created a Skype account. Simply tap Sign in with a Skype account when you start Skype, enter your Skype Name and password in the sign-in screen and tap Sign in.

Screenshot from an Android Phone showing the Skype sign-in screen

You can also join Skype by signing in with your Microsoft account. To learn how to link your Microsoft and Skype accounts, click here.

Are you having problems signing in?

How do I sign in to Skype with another account?

In order to use another account, you will need to sign out from the application first. Tap your profile picture, press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon., then tap Sign out.

Can I sign in to Skype with my Microsoft account?

With Skype 4 for Android, it’s now possible to sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account. Then you can instant message, call, and video call your Messenger buddies from Skype. To do so, simply tap Sign in with Microsoft account in the sign-in screen.

Can I be signed in to Skype on my Android phone and on my computer at the same time?

You can sign in to Skype on both devices at the same time, but we don’t recommend it. Being signed in to Skype on both devices may lead to conflicts between settings on the applications, and you may find instant messages are delivered to one device and not the other. We recommend only being signed in to Skype on one device at a time.

How can I change my Skype settings?

It's easy to change your Skype settings. To view and change your app's settings:

In the settings menu, you can edit the following options:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon..
  3. Select Settings.
    • Sync contacts: Choose how you’d like to synchronize your Skype contacts with your Android phonebook.
    • Notifications: Select which notifications you’d like to receive from Skype. You can select whether you want notifications for Skype features such as status, missed calls, new instant messages, and so on.
    • Allow IMs from: Choose who you receive instant messages from. Select Contacts only to stop receiving instant messages from people you don’t know.
    • Receive calls from: Choose who you receive Skype calls from. Select Contacts only to stop receiving calls from people you don’t know.
    • Answer calls automatically: Select this option to answer calls easier and faster. With this setting active, you don’t have to tap any buttons to answer incoming calls.
    • Technical info: Select this to display technical call info. It will show you information such as sound volume, video quality, and bandwidth usage.
    • Video quality: Select high or low video quality according to your connection.

How do I uninstall Skype?

To uninstall Skype from your Android phone:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings.
  2. Select Apps or Applications.
  3. If required, select Manage Applications.
  4. Select All (applications) and find Skype.
  5. Select Skype and tap Uninstall.

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