Skype for Mac

  • Free

  • In English
  • V
  • 3.6

  • Security Status
Kristina Schulz
Kristina SchulzUpdated 4 months ago

Free communication tool

Skype is a free software to internationally connect with people. The Skype community can perform audio, chat, and video conversations. The application is available on an array of platforms: Alexa, computer, mobile, smartwatch, tablet, and Xbox One devices through the Internet. The platform is owned by Microsoft and available on Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems.

Is Skype still free?

Skype was released in 2003 as a free peer to peer telecommunications program. The app grew through oral communication as a user would essentially onboard someone that they knew by telling them to download Skype so that they could virtually chat. The name has been integrated into the global colloquial language. Often people interpret the framework as a verb: ‘Skype me!’.

The entire platform was initially free. Skype is now a freemium platform. The ‘Skype to Phone’ feature offers people to add credit to their account to internationally call landlines and mobile phones. This service includes the aspect of sending SMS messages to people in specified regions. Either purchase a customizable amount of Skype credit or subscription plans.

The prices of the packages will vary; there are low rates and high ones. The most expensive bundle will be the one that includes worldwide landline and mobile telecommunications. Each location will have the specified amount of time that is possible to interact with the people in the country: 100, 800, unlimited minutes, etc.

The amount of money available to spend on global interactions will be beside the account name in the upper left corner of the user interface. Tap on the credit to add funds and search the available locations to call or text: India, Poland, United States, etc.

How do I connect to Skype?

Upon downloading and installing the application, the community can connect to the platform. Open the application on an Amazon, Android, Apple, Kindle Fire HD, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox devices: consoles, desktops, mobiles, tablets, etc. The user interface will slightly vary with each piece of equipment. Within the Mac UI, people will find their main menu in the left panel.

In the upper left corner, below the exit, minimize, and expand commands is the account button. Tap on the circle to expand the menu; people can add a profile picture by clicking on the blue circle with a camera inside. A status feature is directly below the account information. There are a customizable update feature and standard options: ‘Active’, ‘Away’, ‘Do not disturb’, and ‘Invisible’.

How do people call me on Skype?

The bottom section is labeled: ‘Manage’. Within the ‘Skype profile’ change the avatar, access the username ID, view the associated email, add a birthday date, etc. The community can share their profile in this window as well as ensure that people can reach them in additional manners by adding a mobile number. ‘Help & Feedback’ is available at the bottom of the section.

The Skype call settings are accessible beneath the ‘Manage’ title: ‘Skype Number’. Additionally, find the intricate ‘Settings’ option in this area.

Is it free to video call on Skype?

Within the primary portion of the user interface, people can navigate through the ‘Chats’, ‘Calls’, ‘Contacts’, and ‘Notifications’ tabs within the left column. Above the segments is the search bar that scans the people active within the entire Skype network along with personal groups and messages to find content. Attached to the bar is the keypad to dial phone numbers.

The ‘Chats’ section includes the individual conversations and group chats that have been had; the dates, photos, correspondents’ titles on Skype, preview, and date of the conversations are able to be accessed within this tab. To manage the message screen people can right-click on the individual chat that they want to add to their favorites, hide, mark as unread, or delete.

Additionally, the community members can initiate a display window by right-clicking on the specified chat and choosing ‘View profile’ to assess the information. Select the ‘Recent chats’ dropdown menu to organize the conversations according to the time or whether they are unread or not. Above the dropdown menu are the buttons: ‘Meet Now’ and ‘New Chat’.

With the ‘Meet Now’ option, Skype will create a link for people to access a meeting even if they do not have a Skype account: messenger, video call, etc. Within ‘New Chat’, users can pick either a new chat, group chat, moderated group, private conversation, or SMS.

How do I connect to Skype video call?

Within the ‘Calls’ section of the UI, people are able to hover above their contact names and initiate video or voice calls with their family, friends, and potential peers by selecting either the camera icon or the phone emblem on the right side. At the top of the section, the most recent calls will be categorized.

In the tab beside ‘Calls’, the contacts can be addressed. At the top of the section, the community can easily add a new contact. Additionally, communication can easily begin in this section by tapping on the name of the person. In the individuals’ chat windows, access the ability to audio or video call them in the upper right corner.

Alternative networking applications

Discord, Facetime, Google Duo, Google Hangouts, Teams, Webex, WhatsApp, and Zoom are comparative group video and chat software. All of the aforementioned titles are freeware with some of them offering upgrade options.

The industry standard to connect

The Skype communication service was introduced by two developers that sold their company to eBay; the present designs are owned and manipulated by Microsoft. This free tool provides instant messaging along with video and voice calls; the platform is ideal for education teachers, people who cannot hear that need to read sign language, etc.

The surface appearance along with the user experience is updated consistently. Visit the official website or the Microsoft store to view recent updates along with their privacy policy.

Skype for Mac

Enjoy Skype's fresh new look and feel. Here are just a few of the great things you can do:

  • Chat every day with free instant messages.
  • Share files and photos for free in an instant.
  • See your family come together over a free group video call.
  • Switch between calling and messages with one click, or do both together.
  • Low-cost calls and text messages to mobiles and landlines.

All you need to get started is Mac OS X 10.6 or above, a webcam for video calls and a microphone. To get the latest Skype for Mac (version 7+), you'll need Mac OS X 10.9 or above.


  • Cross platform
  • Easily accessed
  • Make voice calls for free
  • Multitude of customization capabilities
  • International texting and calling available


  • Complicated to find the Skype ID
  • Contacts get synced without permission

Also available in other platforms

Program available in other languages

Skype for Mac

  • Free

  • In English
  • V
  • 3.6

  • Security Status

User reviews about Skype

  • Kharis Rifai

    by Kharis Rifai

    still trying hopefully can meet my requirements for video conference

  • Kharis Rifai

    by Kharis Rifai

    stil trying to use skype for video conference... hope will be ok

  • Kharis Rifai

    by Kharis Rifai

    Still trying to use Skype for video conference. Hopefully will be OK

  • Thomas Lebbie

    by Thomas Lebbie

    To ease communication cause I will have to make direct phone calls for team participation and online office meetings.

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    by Brianna Westendorp

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  • Tzvetan Georgiev

    by Tzvetan Georgiev

    All the useful features - gone. Frequent changes of the interface making it worse and worse. Support is useless. Gathering personal data by all means  More


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