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Making a video call (Windows desktop)
You can video call anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world, for free. Simply find your friends who are using Skype and add them to your contact list. When you’ve added a friend, it’s easy to video call them.
Before you make a video call
Check that your system meets the minimum system requirements. The person you’re calling will also need to meet these requirements.
To make a video call
Sign in to Skype, then click the Contacts tab.
Find the person you want to call and make sure that they are online. If they are, you’ll see this status icon next to their name.
Click the contact. You will see their details on the right side of the window.
Click the Video call button.
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’d like to mute the ringtone, in the menu, go to Tools > Options, then select the Sounds tab. Uncheck ringtone in the list of sounds, then click Save.
Smile, wave, say hello!
If you can't see or hear each other, click the call quality button in the call bar and check your settings (you may have to move your mouse to make the call bar appear).
Get more help with checking your call quality settings.
To end the call, click the end call icon.
Useful things you can do on a call
Hide or reveal your Contacts, Facebook or Recent lists.
Show the IM window so you can instant message the person you are talking to.
Turn your webcam off so the other person can’t see you.
Mute your microphone so the other person can't hear you.
Check your call quality information and adjust your volume.
View or exit full screen mode.
If you have video quality issues, you can check this handy guide.
People make video calls for lots of different reasons. Share your experience or ask a question in the Skype Community.