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    What can I do during a Skype call?

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    During a call you can:

    • microphone button Tap or click to turn your microphone on or off. For Skype (version 8) on desktop, hovering over the microphone will bring up additional audio settings.
    • Video call button Turn your video on or off. For Skype (version 8) on desktop, hovering over the video button will bring up additional video settings.
    • mobile swap camera button Switch your camera from front to back (mobile video calls only).
    • Merge calls Merge your current and incoming call.
    • end call button End your call.

    Note: During a mobile Skype call, some call controls might be hidden, simply tap your screen to make them visible.
     

    Android (6.0+), Android tablet, iPhone and iPad

    Depending on your platform or device, there may be additional features available during your Skype call.

    • chat button Go back to your chat during the call.
    • Speaker button Turn speaker on or off during the call.
    • snapshot button Take a snapshot of your call and share with your friend.

    To see more options, tap the more more menu button:

    • Video call button Allow incoming video, toggle on or off.
    • add people button Add people to your call. 
    • mobile call recording button Record your Skype call.
    • reactions button Send a reaction during your call. 

    See who you want to see (video calls only). Switch between you, or your friends' video feed by long pressing on any participant in the call and dragging them to the main calling window.

    Chat with someone 1:1 from a group call. During a group call, tap and hold on the participant and select Send message.

    Mute or Remove from call (group calls only). Tap and hold on any participant in the call, and then select mute or remove from call. If you mute or remove someone, they will receive a notification of Another participant muted your microphone or You have been removed from the call by another participant.
     

    Skype on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Skype for Windows 10 (version 14)

    Depending on your platform or device, there may be additional features available during your Skype call. See more menu options:

    • microphone button Hover over the microphone to bring up additional audio options:
      • Select a different microphone device if you have one connected.
      • Select a different speaker if you have one connected. This will also enable your speaker phone option.
    • Video call button Hover over the video button to bring up additional video options:
      • Select a different camera if you have one connected.
      • Select Blur my background. This will allow you to make yourself the priority and blur your background in a video call.
      • Select Webcam settings if you would like to make any adjustments there.
    • Call settings button Quickly get to your Audio and Video Settings.
    • add people button Add people to your call. 
    • chat button Open your chat during the call.
      • more menu during a call Share Files, Contacts, Location and other add-ins from Content and tools.
    • share screen button Share your screen during the call.
    • snapshot button Take a snapshot of your call and share with your friend.
    • reactions button Send a reaction during your call.
    • more menu during a call more options, to Hold call or Start recording.

    See who you want to see (video calls only). Switch between you, or your friends' video feed by clicking on any participant in the call and dragging them to the main calling window.

    Resize your video preview. During a video call, hover your mouse over your video preview and use expand Expand to make it bigger or smaller.

    Switch between cameras (video calls only). During a video call, right-click on your avatar to select a different camera. 

    Chat with someone 1:1 from a group call. During a group call, right click on the participant and select Send message.

    Mute or Remove from call (group calls only). Hover over any participant in the call, and then click the down chevron next to their name to mute or remove them from the call. If you mute or remove someone, they will receive a notification of Another participant muted your microphone or You have been removed from the call by another participant.

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