Instructions to using Skype. What it is and how to call from your Windows computer.

First things first, Skype offers services of communication online, and can be installed for free. Register and create a login to be able to connect with your friends and family on a daily basis. You have an option of creating a contact book of those with Skype accounts and calling for free. The only requirement is a computer and a working Internet. In this guide, you can learn about the nature of this application, how to use it and how to install Skype on Windows.

How do I download Skype?

To install Skype on Windows, go their main website. It is perfectly safe for installation, as it is supported by PC Advisor. Look at the step-by-step guide on their page to download the application. Apple computers also support the application, so you can make the most of their services.

How do I set up Skype?

After the installation, a window with login and password details will appear. If you have no Skype account, go ahead and register. Press on “Create an account” and follow the steps on the screen.

How do I use Skype?

Before you begin, please ensure that your PC can work with Skype. Download the application to do so. The following conditions that need to be met in order to allow you to utilize their services to the maximum potential, have been published on their website:

  • Windows XP with SP3, Vista, 8, 8.1, 10, both 32 and 64 OS.
  • Connection to the Internet: the official representatives recommend broadband, as GPRS is not supported to be used for voice calls.
  • Speakers and a microphone: whether they are built-in or come separately.

The broadband connection, which we personally advise is : 100 kbps both down and up.

work with skype

In case you wish to arrange group calls with video, all participants in the group conversation need the fifth version of the programme for Windows or Mac or higher plus web cameras. To achieve the highest quality possible, use a connection of 4Mbps down / 512kbps up, as well as a PC with a processor called Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz. You want to have at least 512kbps down / 128kbps up and a PC with a processor of 1GHz.

The majority of recent Windows PCs exceed all the requirements above for Skype, but please double-check all the specifications on your computer just to be safe.

We assume that you have broadband- a quick Internet connection, using which you can make phone calls and keep browsing on the Internet at the same time. Unfortunately, if you have a dial-up connection, you will be unable to call on Skype.

6 Comments
  1. Reply Laura 03.12.2016 at 14:39

    I`ve been using Skype for years but it still keeps surprising me in all the nasty ways. Sometimes it refuses to work at all by not giving me any chance to log in. The crying icon turns up and it says it cannot connect to internet… despite the connection is pretty good and i can open any page i want except Skype…
    But even if i manage to log in i often face the sound problem as it gets very bad and i can hear the background noise better than my friend talking.
    Picture is too blurry as well…
    So this is my sore point. Could you post some info about the problems that may occure while using this app? And how to deal with them of course…

  2. Reply Vivi`95 04.12.2016 at 16:34

    I don`t like skype much as i`ve found another app which is much better and never lets me down. I guess you know that i mean whatsapp. There`s no option for video chat though but i can live with it 🙂 The quality of sound is amazing and they promise us to keep all the data private. I don`t tend to believe everything but compared to skype it seems to be a safer place to share your stuff.
    It`s just a pity i cannot avoid dealing with skype at all. Sometimes the situation requires a video call. I wish this app worked all right without freezing as it really gets on my nerve. I just cannot enjoy the conversation because of those problems.

  3. Reply Eli 06.12.2016 at 15:26

    Nobody likes skype much but we have no choice. To make it work all right just try to update it when it`s required to. When i started doing it most of my problems were solved. I prefer dealing with a tablet vesion as it seems to be more decent for the video calls. But when it comes to sending a photo or some other kind of files it takes a lot of time. It just cannot be perfect for everything.

  4. Reply La Chat 14.12.2016 at 17:22

    I downloaded skype from the official site as there`s nowhere else you can get it from i suppose 😉 It wasn`t difficult to do, i just followed the guide. Setting up went smooth as well… And now i`m kinda happy user 😉 I try to update it every time there`s a new version available just to prevent problems. It doesn`t work perfect though… But at least that`s a free program so that would be stupid of me to complain. Sooner or later every application may start slowing down or freezing but it doesn`t last long. A lot depends on the speed of internet too. If the signal is weak then don`t expect skype to work great.

    • Reply Cintia 15.12.2016 at 20:23

      It`s not completely free 🙂 If you need to make a phone call you will have to top up the account. By the way, not long ago i saw some sort of an offer there. If you wanted to get one month of free calls you had to attach your card number or something like that. They promised not to charge you anything… That was tempting… but i didn`t do it. So i wonder if somebody took an advantage of that offer?

  5. Reply anette 25.12.2016 at 04:02

    Thank you for helping to install Skype! On the other sites I found not explicit instructions for my operating system Windows 10, but here everything is clear and understandable. I downloaded Skype from the official site, first of all, I read the instructions. After that I started to create an account (e-mail, login, password), followed by other instructions in your article.
    Communication it’s the most important thing in our lives. Now I can call my friends, family and anyone in the world! I also tried to arrange group calls with video. So many new opportunities, speaking and positive emotions!

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