Help Windows Desktop

How do I use a webcam with Skype?

  1. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to connect the webcam to your computer. 
  2. Software for your webcam should automatically install (or you may need to install it using the manufacturer-provided disc).
  3. After the software has finished installing, sign in to Skype.
  4. Check to see if your webcam is working:
     
    • on Windows desktop: Select Tools > Options > Video Settings. If you see video, your camera is working and ready to use. 
    • on Mac: Select Skype > Preferences... > Audio/Video. If you see video, your camera is working and ready to use. 

Yes, you can control who can video call you. 

  • ​on Windows desktop: In the menu bar, select Tools > Options, then under General, select Video settings. Choose to automatically receive video and screen sharing from:
    Anyone - even if they aren't in your contact list
    People in your contact list
    No one at all

     
  • on Mac: Got to Skype > Preferences, and then choose Privacy. Under allow video and screen sharing from, you can choose to receive video and screen sharing from:
    Anyone - even if they aren't in your contact list
    Contacts
    Nobody

     

Yes, you can choose to automatically answer all your calls with audio or with video. 

  • on Windows desktop: In the menu bar, select Tools > Options, then select Calls. Under Calls, select Call settings > Show advanced options, then make sure both options are checked:
    Answer incoming calls automatically
    Start my video automatically when I'm in a call

     
  • on Mac: In the menu bar, select Skype > Preferences, then select Calls. Choose Answer automatically, then select Configure. In the pop-up window choose the option to Answer automatically with video, then select Done
  • on Windows desktop: Select the full screen icon , select it again to exit full screen mode. 
  • on Mac: Double-click the video to change it to the original size. Double-click the video again to change it back. Select the full screen icon  to exit full screen mode. 
Ready to learn more?
How do I share my screen on Skype?
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Troubleshooting problems with Skype calls
 

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