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    How do I switch views during a Skype video call?

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    During a video call in Skype there are a lot of options to choose how you view your friends, coworkers, peers, and family. On the call screen, you can switch between Grid view with up to 10 video and audio streams at once, Large gallery view with up to 49 video feeds in a 7x7 arrangement, appear seated next to one another in Together mode, or switch to Speaker view to focus on the person currently speaking. To switch views in Skype on desktop:

    1. Select the Skype call change views button Switch View button.
    2. Select either Grid view, Speaker view, Together mode, or Large gallery from the menu.
      • If you decide to use Together mode, you'll need to choose your scene first and then you can Apply and enable for all chat participants.

    Note: If you do not want to participate in Together mode you can turn your Video camera button video off.


    Grid view in Skype showing light theme and dark theme side by side
    Grid view allows up to 10 video and audio streams on the call screen at once. You can also choose a light theme or a dark theme. 
    Together mode call participants screenshot Whether you're in a one-on-one or group call, Together mode puts your participant video feeds in a virtual space with a variety of scenes to choose from.

    Large grid view with 49+ video feeds screenshot With Large gallery view, Skype shows up to 49 active video feeds on the call screen at once.

    To switch views in Skype on Android, iPhone and iPad:

    1. Tap the Skype call change views button Call layout button.
    2. To switch views, select either Grid view, Speaker view, Together mode, or Large gallery view.

    Note: Android devices version 8.0+ with a 2.3GHz+ processor and iPhones 7 Plus and later with iOS 12+ show up to 8 participants (a 2x4 arrangement) in Grid view. Android tablets version 8.0+ with a 2.3GHz+ processor and iPads (5th Gen and later, and all iPad Pro and Air models) with iOS 12+ show up to 9 participants (a 3x3 arrangement) in Grid view.

    Mobile device Modern Grid view example

    Note: When Together Mode is turned on, the Call layout button is replaced with the Scene switcher button.

    Together mode on a mobile device.