How do I make free voice and video calls on Skype for Windows Desktop?
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Watch the video to see how to make a free voice and video call in less than 45 seconds. A step-by-step guide is also available below.
You can make a voice or video call anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world, for free. Simply find your friends and family who are using Skype and add them to your contact list. When you’ve added them, it’s easy to make a call.
Before you make a call
Check that your system meets the minimum system requirements. The person you’re calling will also need to meet these requirements.
To call someone in your contact list
In Skype, click the Contacts tab.
Find the person you’d like 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. You’ll see their details in the main window.
If the contact has one of these status icons displayed next to their name, it means they're on Skype and you can call them for free.
If you see the contact request icon next to your contact’s name, it means that they haven’t accepted your contact request yet.
Click the blue Call (telephone) icon to make a voice call, or the blue Video call (camera) icon to make a video call.
The screen changes color, a call bar appears near the bottom of the screen and you’ll hear ringing until the other person answers.
If you don't hear the other person, or they can't hear you, or one of you doesn't see video, click the call quality icon in the call bar (you may have to move your mouse to make the call bar appear). Check the tabs to identify any potential problems.
If you're having issues, check our Call Quality Troubleshooter.
To end the call, click the red End call button.
Useful things you can do on a call
Hide or reveal your Contacts or Recent lists.
If you have a webcam, turn on video so that the other person can see you. Learn more about making a video call.
Mute your microphone so the other person can't hear you.
Hang up the call.
Show the IM window so you can instant message the person you’re talking to.
Here are a few pages that can help you do even more:
- How do I make a group video call in Skype for Windows Desktop?
- How do I send an instant message in Skype for Windows Desktop?
- How do I make a group voice call in Skype for Windows Desktop?