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How do I make a call to someone who's on Skype from Skype for Linux?

You can talk to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world, for free.

First you need to find your friends on Skype and add them to your contact list. When you've added your friends, it's easy to call them.

To call someone in your contact list


In Skype, find the person you want to call.

If you have lots of contacts, you can type a name into the search box to find the person you're looking for.


Click the contact.

Click the contact

If the contact has one of these status icons next to their name it means they're on Skype so it's free to call.

Skype status icons

If you see one of these icons it means they're on a mobile or landline, so you will need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to call.

Skype status icons


Click the Call button.

Click the Call button


When the other person answers, the Call window will appear.

Call window


To end the call, click the red End call button.

End Call

Useful things you can do on a call

During the call, you can:

Show the chat windowShow the chat window so you can send and receive instant messages.

Turn on video to continue video callTurn on video to continue with the video call.

Mute your microphoneMute your microphone so the other person can’t hear you.

Add peopleAdd people, send files, send contacts or share your screen.

End callEnd the call.

Switch to full screenSwitch to full screen.

If you don’t see the menu, simply hover your mouse over the calling window and the menu will appear.

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